Thursday, 27 August 2015

How to become a seller on DBT & TpT: Saving and securing your file as a PDF

Welcome to Part 4 in my series on becoming an online seller: Creating and securing your file as a PDF. As more and more teachers begin to sell their digital resources through online marketplaces such as Designed by Teachers and Teachers Pay Teachers it is important that everyone is aware of the importance of creating a product that is secure and doesn't infringe copyright or terms of use. 

As a new online seller it can be daunting trying to get your head around all the things that you need to do to become successful and competitive in the ever-growing environment of online marketplace selling. We've already discussed the benefits of creating products using PowerPoint vs Word and we've looked into the importance of recognising Copyright, creating and respecting the Terms of Use and acknowledging the sellers whose work you use in your products. But while you may have thought that saving your work as a PDF was enough to ensure your work was safe from being copied, THINK AGAIN! (Even I was unaware of this up until a few months ago). 

Why should I save my item as a PDF?

Saving a product as a PDF means that it will retain the formatting you created, even when printed. Microsoft Office Online provides a quick guide of how to save files of most formats to a PDF. And while many of us thought that once a product was saved as a PDF file it could not be copied, this is in fact, untrue. And if you have purchased some amazingly cute clip-art or fonts from sellers on DBT or TpT, most sellers will ask you to ensure that you have "flattened and secured" or saved as jpegs so that their work cannot be cut and copied. But don't fret, there is a way to do this, and it isn't hard at all - and you won't have to purchase any expensive programs to do so.

How do I ensure my item is secure?

I have include some links below from other well-known bloggers detailing how to secure your files. Please be aware that there are different steps for Mac and Windows users, and that some steps may vary according to the version of the program you are using.

Don't forget to check back for tomorrow's post about how to promote your products - this is an important step if you wish to make an income through selling your products.
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