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Category Archives: Yearbooks Blog

March: Design Tips

Back in December, we gave you some design tips on how to create consistency in your book. Below is a spread we’ve created common design errors – can you catch them all Add to answer key Many images are lo-res Page number on the left-hand page is too dark, hard to read and the wrong […]

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Thinking Conceptually

As you head into your final set of deadlines, now is as good as a time as any to start taking stock of one of the most important elements of your book, your concept. Although as you are nearing completion of your book you have no intention of making any changes to your current concept, […]

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Proofing

Nothing is more frustrating than noticing a proofing error in your final yearbook product. Proofing a vital step in making sure your copy is top notch. While it is so essential to the quality of a great book, it is one of the more tedious tasks when it comes to completing your yearbook. Here are […]

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Award Winning Tips

When people look at award winning books, most wonder what they do differently to set themselves apart from others. What is the secret recipe? Speak with any award-winning adviser and most will give you a unique cocktail of ingredients, however two always remain constant, “Hard-work & dedication”. Commitment to excellence, a few tips and willingness […]

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Blemishes, Backpacks, Backlights and Backgrounds – working with images in Photoshop

Have you ever had images that don’t quite work for your yearbook?  It’s Almost perfect, but something is wrong? Maybe you can’t put a finger on it, or maybe there is a finger over the lens.  Well, the latter may not be salvageable, but the former may be. Here are some thoughts. “How To Remove […]

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Yearbook is a form of Journalism

“Our school does not teach journalism. We just advise the yearbook” Too often we hear these words when talking to advisers about the work they do with their students to produce a yearbook. As yearbook professionals we are here to tell you, no matter the format of your yearbook, the work of journalists boils down […]

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If you think photos make the yearbook – you are correct!

How to Get Great Photos – Basics: Check your equipment – Memory Card? Battery? Flash? Familiarize yourself with Event – know who to talk to and when Create list of coverage – Before, After & During Event Always watch the event through the view finder Types of Photos: Candids: Capture peak moments of action Posed: […]

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FUN IN THE CLASSROOM

Yearbook is supposed to be fun…Right? It’s so easy to forget that when we are in the middle of deadlines, tracking down photos, proofreading, and all the other details that cannot be overlooked when creating a yearbook. Injecting some fun mid year to your yearbook class is a great way to keep everyone engaged and […]

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PAGE LADDER

Your page ladder is your blueprint for building your book. The page ladder is your page-by-page diagram indicating the content for each page. You should follow these guidelines when creating your page ladder. 1. Determine how many pages in your yearbook. See how many pages were in last year’s book. Is your student population the […]

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DESIGN – Do you love to design well?

Do you love to design well? Rhetorical question?  Maybe, but it does allow us to ask where we can find inspiration. Perhaps it is landscape or photography, maybe it’s in magazines, and some peruse other yearbooks. Those are all valid and even valuable places to find your muse.  Another place to look – the internet […]

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