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Free Curved Wooden Backgrounds

Free curved wooden backgrounds

This is a reminder to myself that if I see something lovely on pInterest that I should repin it straight away. It's taken me months to find this again. Three fantastic wooden backgrounds at 2200 × 1600 and about 2MB each. There's a 62MD psd file in the download file too.

Below are the the three images, all at a little larger file size than I would normally post so

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How to take better photos for Pinterest

How to take better photos for Pinterest

Pinterest has had a very helpful set of tutorials recently. Last week it was How To Make Pins Great, and this weeks is How To Take Better Photos.

I post these links for the benefit of TpT sellers too. A strong thumbnail or preview picture will make all the difference to your store. Time and again I read posts that say a photo of the product in use in a class has a positive impact on sales too. For example, my top three crafts all have great photos taken in a classroom.

The full post is at Pinterest of course, and covers:

The basics
  • Good lighting
  • Clear and focused
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How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

This could be mighty useful. I am in the habit of turning off the projector or turning my laptop away from students when I am looking for an image, but one day I might forget. Photos For Class is an attempt to save Teachers from all that stress plus allows students to safely look for images themselves.

It was created by the people behind StoryBoard That, an online storyboard creator, which I definitely need to look at another time. The images are sourced from flickr, with high safety settings. Photos For Class then apply their own filters, and even check the most popular images.

It will search for properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school. When you download the image (rather than dragging it from browser to folder as I tend to do), it will automatically add to the image the following, and see pink cat photo as an example.

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Pinterest - How To Make Pins Great

pinterest - how to make pins great

Yes ! Some wonderful ideas from Pinterest on how to make successful pins.

The major one for me is specifics on image sizes. I was pretty close in my own experiments in getting the proportions correct, so a pat on the back for me then. In case their post disappears some highlights are below, but head to pInterest if you can as there are some great sample images.

Things to consider
What’s your primary goal for this Pin? What does your brand value?
What is your brand’s persona? If it were a person, how would you describe it?
What makes your brand unique?
How do you want people to feel after interacting with your brand? What do you want people to remember about your brand?
Pins should be:
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Description: If you’re passionate about writing and sharing, Disqus helps you build a community of active readers and commenters.

Examples: The commenting system within this blog is provided by Disqus. Leave a comment to see it in action (hint!). I registered with Disqus. They provided a user name that my website blogging software (Armadillo) recognizes. RapidWeaver from realmac software is required to use Armadillo.

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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL) and IT Integration Specialist. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.
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