Anyway, I have been making items since I started teaching back in 1997, although things have gotten a little more sophisticated since then. I started out drawing my own little books. The first ones taught long vowel sounds, then I went back to do short vowel sounds and sight words. In 2005, I wanted 4 or 5 sets of the Bob Books to use in my guided reading groups, but they are so expensive! So, I just started writing and illustrating my own (this set of 30 is now for sale on both sites). I wanted to make as many copies as I needed and give them to whoever I wanted without worrying about copyright. Of course, the only way I could do that was to be the author and illustrator! But, I have to admit that I was hooked from there.
Back to the question: What program(s) do I use?
Next question: Where do your graphics come from? I have a Bamboo tablet to draw with and I create some of my own graphics with a program called "Rita." Sorry, but it's Mac only, although plain old "Paint" on the PCs does pretty well. "Rita" costs $20 to download online and it is SOOOOO easy to use and the graphics look pretty good.
KPM Doodles She has some really cute stuff. You
can use it in your freebies and you can buy sets with full color & line art.
Creative Clips: This is another favorite shop of mine! I really like to have the full color and black and white versions available in the same set. I also appreciate the clear, bold lines of the blacklines.
From the Pond She's a teacher-author-illustrator on TPT. She recently started making more graphics. I just purchased some today! There are a lot of freebies, too!
openclipart.org This site has clip art that is all public domain. There are some great pics on here, the only problem is that they do not enlarge well.
My suggestion to you is to invest in some graphics. The more I sell, the more graphics I buy, then the more things I create and the more stuff I sell!
And fonts . . . well, that seems a little trickier to me. I have purchased a huge set of 10,000 for $20 from Ultimatefontdownload. It has some cool ones, but I have not yet found THE font for me. I looked into others, but they appear to be about $10 each and I'm not prepared to pay that just yet. You can find some fonts available on TPT for good prices. I have a couple of free fonts in my shop, too.
Well, that's an overview of the program(s) I use and the clipart I buy. If you have any more questions, just ask away below and I will try to answer them!
There's an apple icon to your right that says "Sell on TPT with me." Here's what would happen if you click it: TPT gets at least 15% of your sales. I would get 5% of their share (not yours) for the first two years that you sell on TPT. If you decide to sell on TPT, I would love it if you joined me! And don't worry: We have a very active sellers community on TPT. Lots of people contribute to the seller's forum so there are many teachers to answer questions and offer advice. I have learned a great deal from just reading and participating on the forum.
Thanks again for reading and I hope you found this helpful!