I noticed during our February blog train that there was a lot of variety in how people did the preview images for their designs. Preview images are VERY important for me, especially now that I am trying to be much more discriminating about what freebies I download.
I hope this is not too blunt a thing to say - I offer it completely in the spirit of support and helping us all to become better designers: There were several parts of the blog train that I would not have downloaded based on their previews. I'm so glad I committed to downloading and looking at every single part, because there were some stunning designs hiding behind those previews! But I wouldn't normally do that, and I'll bet many visitors checking out someone's part in the blog train won't either.
We have a lot of variety in terms of styles of designs, and I am sure there is just as much variety in what people consider a "good" preview. So I thought we could share our ideas here, and any tips or hints we have, and maybe Marisa or Brooke or some of the other more experienced designers could even make a tutorial or guide.
One thing I looked for and could not find during the previous blog train was templates to help make previews. The only one I found was this one for papers: http://pinterest.com/pin/214976582185121186/ and it is only available through a $20 club membership. It's one of those tricky items that is very hard to google for - all the phrases I try lead me to links that are not helpful. Studio Wendy makes some actions (here's one: http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/SCRIPT-Preview-Maker-PSCS3.html but $27 is pretty steep when I'm just making freebies to give away.
So here are my questions:
*What do you think makes a good kit/paper/element preview? What takes away from the quality of a preview or turns you off?
*Please share any tips or thoughts you have about how to make previews.
*Do you know of any templates (or actions) that assist in making previews?