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Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is a great way to make some extra income, and it's easier than ever! But when you first start selling, it can be overwhelming.
If you're a teacher who sells–or buys–resources on TpT, then you know that having high-quality clipart is essential to the success of your products.
Let's get the answers to all of your questions and more, read on to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect clipart for your TpT products
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Where to get Cliparts for Teachers Pay Teachers
There are a few different places that you can get clipart for your TpT products. The first place to look is within the TpT Seller Community itself.
There are many talented artists who sell their clipart creations specifically for use in TpT products. Not only is this a great way to support fellow educators, but it also basically guarantees the clipart you're using is high quality and meets all of TpT's requirements.
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I've noticed teachers who buy from TpT tend to buy products made with TpT clip art as well. There is a specific look to clipart you'll find on TpT and it's been crafted through the years to be exactly what Teacher Sellers are looking for.
They almost always have a black outline, come in bold colors (but also black and white) and are usually more accurate.
You'll find junky clip art anywhere you look, but overall the big sellers tend to have amazing products that you'll easily be able to find use for.
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Here are a few of my favorite sellers, right now:
Krista Wallden – Creative Clips
This seller is super popular. Her clipart is bold and fun, and easy to use with almost any product you could make. This style is especially popular among elementary teacher-sellers.
Sasha Mitten – Rainbow Sprinkle Studio
When I think of TpT clip artists, I think of Sasha Mitten. She's very talented, and always has a great product you can count on. She puts out freebies frequently, but also has a lot of growing bundles. Growing bundles are amazing because you can get in and buy them before they're complete, then save money in the long run.
This seller has a massive collection of clip art, and I would say her products are not meant just for younger audiences. She has a lot of great sets for classroom rules, backgrounds, and even middle school kids.
Laura Strickland – Whimsy Clips
I feel like Whimsy Clips are the leader in growing bundles. They often have these monthly bundles that include six or more sets at a very low start up cost. A lot of times you won't use them all, but if you use just two sets, it will pay for itself very quickly. I find Whimsy Clips to be a fantastic way to start out, if you want to grow your clip art collection without spending too much
Nat Silver – Nat Silver Clip Art
This is a newer seller, and I love what she has put out so far. I can't wait to see what else she creates. Finding a newer clip artist often means you can help shape them into the artist they'll eventually become through your purchases and your reviews. I love Nat's Florida set, and I'm hoping she will create more like this soon for more states.
Where Can I Find Graphics for TpT?
I use TeachersPayTeachers to find free clip art. If you use the search bar to click the “price” section, the hit “free” you'll see all of the free resources available on TpT.
Scroll down and hover over “See All Resources”, the check the “clip art” box.
From here, you can sort by rating, relevance, price (ascending) and most recent. Relevance and price aren't very helpful for us on this screen, but sorting by rating will give you the clip art with the most ratings. This means they're very popular, and for good reason. They're high quality and likely perfect for your needs.
Sorting by Most Recent, you'll see sets that are . . . most recently posted. This is like a treasure hunt. There will be sets that aren't very high quality, but there will also be big sellers who have just put out a set. Some sellers only set items for free for a day or two, then offer them for sale later.
Grab what you like, and leave the rest.
Where Can I Buy Clipart for TpT?
There are loads of sites you can buy clip art from.
I encourage you to check out the licensing of ANY clip art you buy. MAKE SURE you understand what they can be used for BEFORE you use them.
And as always, do not ever use clip art that includes Disney, Marvel, Elf on a Shelf or any other copyrighted images. It's just not worth it. They might not find out today, or tomorrow. But eventually when they do find out, they'll shut down your stores. All of them. If you're on Etsy, they'll shut down every store attached to your IP address. If you're on TpT, you won't be allowed to open another store, ever.
Don't play with fire. There are plenty of ways to make money that don't involve stealing intellectual property.
I'll add in my favorites here:
I buy clip art, fonts, borders, and even background images from Creative Fabrica almost every day. It's my favorite place on the internet (aside from TpT, of course) and I will forever sing their praises.
You can purchase products individually on Creative Fabrica, or you can do what I do, and get a membership. Click here to check out Creative Fabrica.
There are literally thousands of Etsy shops selling graphics that will look great on printables. Do a quick search for “clipart” and you'll find tons of options. When you're looking for clipart, the key is being specific. Search “seal clipart” or “watercolor seal clipart” or even “arctic animals clipart”. It might take a few searches to find the perfect one, but it's out there.
Canva is an online design platform that's perfect for creating professional looking graphics — no design experience required. With their easy-to-use tools, you can create beautiful graphics for your TpT products in no time, and best of all they come with a wide variety of free images and illustrations that you can use commercially. Like I said before, make sure you look over their licensing before you use their products.
Can I use Clipart on TpT?
Yes, you can. In fact, most sellers use clip art in their products. The important thing with using clip art is respecting the work of the clip artist. You are able to use any content that you have the legal right to use. Don't use someone else's intellectual property without their consent, and you're good to go.
It's always best to err on the side of caution and make sure that you have express permission from the creator of any piece of artwork before using it on your product.
I'd love to show you how to use all of this clip art you find! Let's create a massively successful TpT shop for you!
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