“How do I zip a file for bundling?” is a question I hear asked repeatedly by other teacher-authors. So this is my quick and easy tutorial on how to do that on a Mac (which couldn’t be any more simple than pumpkin pie). I decided to show how I zipped the images of one of my latest designs, “Pumpkin Life Cycle.”
How to Zip a File
1) First, locate the folder your files are in. The files themselves can be all the same format or different. It doesn’t matter. I can zip a bunch of JPG’s or JPG’s with PNG’s. I can even throw in a Powerpoint slideshow. It really doesn’t matter what type of files they are. You could also have files in separate folders and zip those folders together, which, once the .zip is made, it would retain the folder names you’ve given. This is helpful if you’re selling a large quantity of files. I’ll give a more specific example of that at the end of this tutorial. For now, let’s just zip some individual files.
Next, highlight only the files you want zipped by clicking on each individual file or use the click-and-drag method of selecting a large swath of files. You’ll see that each selected file is now highlighted in blue If you accidentally select a file you didn’t want to include, hold down the COMMAND button and click on the errant file. It’s now unselected. The same method can be used to re-select it.
2) Compress the files. First, right-click over one of the selected files (doesn’t matter which). You’ll see a drop down menu appear. Then in the menu about 1/3 of the way down you’ll see something that says, “Compress (X) items.” The “X” represents how many files you currently have highlighted. CLICK THIS!
3) Stare in amazement at your awesome new .zip file. Pretty, right? As in, “This was pretty easy. I could do this again!” And you should. Easy like butter. You will want to zip a file every day of the week knowing how easy it can be. Your new .zip file is always called, “Archive” by default. If you were to immediately make another one, that one would be called, “Archive 2,” and so on. From this point, you can re-name the file whatever you want. Just click on the name portion of the file twice slowly and type in whatever you want to call it. Keep in mind that Teachers Pay Teachers asks that you not put spaces between words in the final product being uploaded.
“Can I Upload this to Teachers Pay Teachers?”
Figure out the size of your new bundle of joy! It’s really easy to do. And it’s helpful too, because if you’re uploading a large bundle to Teachers Pay Teachers, you’ll need to come in under their file size limit. First, locate your new .zip file and right-click on it once. You’ll see that same menu appear. Then scroll down to, “Get Info.” Click it.
In the upper right side of this new window you’ll see the size of the .zip you just created. Mine was 14.3MB. That’s a big baby! But it’s still well, well under the limit set by Teachers Pay Teachers, so you can sleep tonight.
If you were to double-click on that .zip file, it would open itself up to reveal the items inside (and dump all 14.3MB right back onto my computer, in my case). In other words, it’ll make a folder by the very same name as the .zip file with everything else tucked away inside.
More About How to Zip a File
Now to get back to my point from step one: if you zip a bunch of folders together (say one folder is called, “Fall Clipart” and another “Spring Clipart”) and call the new .zip file, “SEASONALCLIPART.zip,” those individual folders would retain whatever structure they have inside. So when your buyer opens the zip they’ll see one main folder called, “SEASONALCLIPART” and inside that folder the other two folders for Spring and Fall clipart and then inside those folders would be whatever had in there (presumably clipart for those seasons).
What’s nice about this approach is that it helps maintain the organization of the files you had on your own computer. Buyers are always thankful when you make the user-end experience easy and painless.
So, now that you know how to zip a file, get down to bundling your products. It’s a great way to get people to buy large quantities of your creations!