So you have been thinking about setting up a store for a while, but not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you to get started.
Firstly, think about your speciality……is your passion art? STEM, literacy, general primary, secondary subjects. Look through the collection of resources that you have created, and lets work them into a downloadable resource which you can add to your store.
But…….before we start, let us consider a few things.
Getting Inspiration for your store
- Look at the stores of other sellers on the Alphabet tree and bookmark the ones that you like. You can also look on other teacher selling resource sites and see how they present their resources.
- What is it that you like about their stores? What colour palettes appeal to you? Was it the font that caught your eye? Was it the presentation or style that caught your eye? Have a look on Pinterest and create an inspiration board for future reference.
Looking at Design
Here are some links that you may like to explore for inspiration, you will be looking for logo inspiration, colour palette and font pairings
(tags: cover design, website, presentation, design, teaching resources, logos)
What is a colour palette and why is it important?
While you are thinking about your store, it is important to consider your branding and it is at this start of the process that is the best time to really put in some investigation and thinking into what colour combinations and themes work best for you. This colour scheme can be carried across from your store, to your Facebook page and other media outlets, and if you ever decide to go further….to your blog.
Choosing colours for your theme.
There are a number of apps and websites that you can explore to discover colour schemes. It is important that if you see a scheme you really like to take a photo or screen shot of it, and if possible copy the HEX codes for them. What the heck is a hex code? It is simply a code starting with a # and 5 digits and it is coding for that exact colour. Very handy reference to have!!
|Adobe Color Creator||You can choose an image or logo and it will generate a colour scheme for you from that image. This is my favourite website for this|
|Colorhunt||Very simple to use, have a look through the different combinations of colours you prefer in your palette and like them. It is an idea to screen shot them and copy the hex codes that appear as you scroll over them|
|Coolors||So simple to use. Register for a free account, choose a colour you like hit the space bar and it will come up with a random selection of colour schemes you may like. When you see one that appeals to you, press save, give it a name and it will generate HEX codes for you.|
|Color Hunter||Color Hunter is a browser-based tool that lets you find and make colour palettes created from images. Just upload your image and get a palette based on the colours it contains.|
|Paletton||Paletton is a designer tool for creating colour combinations that work together well. You start with a base colour, and Paletton then generates similar shades that will complement it.|
|Pictaculous||Pictaculous is a colour palette tool from email marketing giants MailChimp that enables you to generate a colour palette from any photo or image, in PNG, JPG or GIF format. It also gives you suggestions from COLOUR lovers of similar colour palettes, and lets you download an Adobe Swatch of your chosen palette|