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October 05, 2017

21 Best Yearbook Terms You Should Know

1. BLEED
Layout, type or pictures that extend beyond the trim marks on a page. Illustrations that spread to the edge of the paper without margins are referred to as “bled off”.

2. BODY COPY
The main text of the work but not including the headlines.

3. CANDID
A photo that records action without the subjects showing awareness of the camera (unposed).

4. CAPTION
The line or lines of text that refer to information identifying a picture or illustration.

5. COPY
For an editor or typesetter, all written material. For a graphic designer or printer, everything that will be printed, including art, photographs and graphics, as well as words.

6. CROPPING
The elimination of parts of a photograph or other original that are not required to be printed. Cropping allows the remaining parts of the image to be enlarged to fill the space.

7. DIVIDERS
Yearbook pages that separate one section from another and introduce the section’s content.

8. DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD
Two facing pages in a yearbook, such as 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, and so on.

9. ENDSHEETS
The four pages at the front and end of a book that are pasted to the insides of the front and back cover (boards).

10. FOLIO
The page number.

11. GUTTER
The white space between two facing pages. Sometimes used interchangeable with Alley to describe the space between columns on a page. (See Binding.)

12. YEARBOOK KIT
A complete package of yearbook supplies and information sent by Friesens to help you Build, Teach and Sell your yearbook.

13. LAYOUT
A sketch of a page for printing showing the position of text and illustrations and giving the general instructions. Or, the arrangement of text and graphics on a page.

14. PAGE LADDER
A page-by-page listing of the yearbook’s contents that is used to plan and track coverage.

15. PERSONALIZATION
The personalization of a yearbook by stamping an individual’s name on the cover in a colored foil.

16. PICA
The standard measurement in yearbook. A pica equals 1/6 inch. Typically there is one pica or 1/2 pica of space between photos and copy.

17. PORTRAITS
A posed photo of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders. Also referred to as “mug shots.”

18. TEMPLATE
A standard layout usually containing the basic details of the page dimensions. You can create your own, or use one of Friesens templates.

19. THEME
A statement or idea which clearly communicates the action, tempo, mood and personality of the students at your school this year. A theme unifies the message of the yearbook.

20. TITLE PAGE
Page one of the yearbook. It usually contains at least one photo (often a photo of the school building) the name of the school, school address, school phone number and year. If a theme is used, it should be introduced here as well.

21. WHITE SPACE
Areas on a piece which are free of type, graphics and photos. White space is important in good design. It makes a piece more readable.

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