Équipe | Témoignages

Suzanne Vandenberg, Calgary Mountain Publishing

The Treasure

Les livres sont arrivés en bon état et sont magnifiques. Ils sont bien reçus et les gens me demandent qui est mon imprimeur. Je leur réponds que Friesens est une entreprise exceptionnelle et que c’était un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

Merci pour tout!


Lisa et Leslie Jones, Grant Morris Associates Ltd

Barbados Anniversary

Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs. Obtenir ces livres à temps pour le lancement était pour nous de la plus haute importance.

Votre entreprise nous avait déjà été fortement recommandée et comme nous participions aussi au processus de comparaison des imprimantes et des tarifs proposés, dès le premier entretien de Lisa avec vous, elle a pressenti que Friesens était l’entreprise qu’il nous fallait. Merci encore à votre équipe!
Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs.


Terry et Angelo Corrao, Colfax Press

Fatherdaughter


Merci infiniment à Friesens d’avoir fait de notre album de photos FATHER DAUGHTER une première expérience d’impression inoubliable. Nous avons été impressionnés par tant d’aspects que nous avons dû les énumérer :

  • l’excellente communication du début à la fin;
  • le respect de l’échéancier;
  • une équipe d’impression très talentueuse et compétente;
  • une usine extrêmement propre et respectueuse de l’environnement;
  • une grande attention aux clients, notamment en prévoyant tous leurs besoins, tant techniques
  • qu’artistiques;
  • un hébergement agréable offrant le confort d’un foyer.

Lila Strand, Luminescence Publishing

The Star Children

Je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude envers votre entreprise et les gens merveilleux qui offrent un service aussi fantastique. Merci de votre service à la clientèle exceptionnel : votre patience, votre courtoisie et votre serviabilité, sans oublier vos merveilleuses compétences techniques! Je vous remercie infiniment de votre volonté de redoubler d’efforts jusqu’à ce que tout soit parfait! En fait, je suis ravie du livre, de son apparence et de sa texture. Je ne pense pas que je pourrais en être plus heureuse. Je vous remercie tous du fond du cœur!


Milenda Lee, Columbia University Press

Man of Peace

Je viens d’avoir des nouvelles des personnes ayant reçu les exemplaires de prépublication. Steve Buccellato dit : « Noël est arrivé plus tôt que prévu, je viens de recevoir un exemplaire de Man of Peace! Je le trouve magnifique. » Une autre personne a dit : « Je pleurais littéralement de joie lorsque j’ai tenu le livre entre mes mains. »

Merci beaucoup, ce fut un plaisir pour nous aussi. Vous avez fait le bonheur de plusieurs personnes aujourd’hui.


Linda Hensellek, Winchester Galleries Ltd.

Abstracta Delecta


Nous venons de recevoir nos catalogues, merci beaucoup! Le catalogue est superbe! Encore une fois, nous vous remercions de votre aide et de votre attention. C’est un bonheur de travailler avec vous tous.


Elisa Gutierrez, Tradewind Books Ltd

Riddlemaster

Nous voulions vous faire savoir que nous sommes très satisfaits de la qualité du livre! Les couleurs, la garde (nous ADORONS le papier utilisé et la brillance des couleurs imprimées!), la finition, etc. Veuillez féliciter et remercier l’équipe de Friesens en notre nom pour ses efforts et son bon travail! Merci. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer de nouveau à d’autres projets.


Dan Johnson, High-Fishtrap-Rush Lake Association

Heaven on the Headwaters


Je voulais simplement vous dire que nous sommes ravis du produit final. Jusqu’à présent, pour ce qui est de la distribution limitée aux membres de l’Association, nous n’avons eu que des commentaires élogieux sur le contenu et la qualité du produit. Mon épouse, Jeffrey et moi-même recommandons Friesens sans hésitation à tout client éventuel. Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et si c’était à refaire, le processus serait beaucoup plus facile de notre côté. Scott était un excellent représentant à la clientèle, et il a été très serviable et réceptif.


Ben Bosah, Ben Boash Books

The Art of Nigerian Women


Je tiens à remercier chaleureusement la famille Friesens pour le travail qu’elle a fait pour mon dernier livre. Je suis très reconnaissant et je remercie les 500 employés de votre entreprise. Je suis amoureux de mon dernier bébé. J’ai le sourire aux lèvres. Merci à Glenda, à Paul, à Brad, à Scott, à Ralph et à tout le personnel chez Friesens. Je vous aime.

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 ANYTHING From a Photo In Photoshop”

This is a great tutorial.  The first two are moderately easy and the third is a little more advanced.

 

See the two screen captures for before and after.

Before:

   

After:

Here are some other good ones.

  • Place An Image In Text With Photoshop (click here)

  • The Background Eraser Tool In Photoshop (click here)

  • 20 Photoshop Video Tutorials To Make You An Expert (click here)

  • You Suck at Photoshop – 30 episode series – recorded as story with humour and language that may be offensive to some – discretion is advised (click here)

  • Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts (click here)

Remember, it has been said that when it comes to Photoshop, your two best friends are ‘Preview’ and ‘Undo’.  That is a pretty good philosophy.

Nabil Mouallem
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

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 to one concept; tell me a story. Would you not agree this is the fundamental purpose of your school yearbook? Let explore together.

Photographs and words form the backbone of any yearbook; they are used in the service of telling stories to readers. For the visual journalist, this concept gets even more specific; Tell me a story. But don’t use words. The heart of visual journalism is thinking with ones eyes: the visual journalist goes out to take images, finding ways to capture the whole story in mere fractions of moments.

Writing can be one of the most difficult things to do but as important. Words are an aspect of telling a complete story with photos, captions, headline and copy. Writers will gather the kind of information that results in good narrative storytelling while photographers will use shooting and reporting strategies your graphic artists complete the job of designing the story. In Final the editors will proof read and add any missing elements.

The theme will help journalists establish a narrative voice and a specific point of view along with style to help tell the top-level narrative story, while section theme variations and spreads weave a tight narrative line throughout the publication. (If there is a visual theme, there still must be a narrative concept for the copy.)

Every story you tell through words, pictures and spreads must be based on three things;

  1. A great Story idea
  2. Great material that will surprise the reader
  3. Great words that are used with style

No two yearbooks should look alike and should be customized to the style that will best tell the story of the year about a specific group of readers-your students. So, how do you get there?

Before you can begin telling your story, there are three things you must understand:

1. What do you know about your writers?

  • What are they willing and able to do?
  • Do they have the ability to be objective?
  • Do they understand the code of Ethics? spj.org/ethicscode.asp

2. What do you know about your readers?

  • What do you already know about your readers?
  • What do you have in common with your readers?
  • Can you count on their support? What surprises them?

3. What do you know about your product, the yearbook?

  • Theme, colour, traditions
  • deadlines, page count, page ladder
  • Primary and secondary audiences

Objectives that will lead you to successful Journalism

  • Organize staff to maximize the quality of reporting, interviewing, photography and writing
  • Use picture nouns and action verbs in sentence
  • Use adjectives and adverbs effectively in a sentence
  • Revise sentences to show rather than tell plot elements
  •  Gather information, background and quotations for use in story
  • Understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction
  • Write human interest stories involving human emotions and drama
  • Identify basic plot elements (setting, Character, Conflict, Resolution)
  • Choose appropriate alternative storytelling forms for yearbook spreads
  •  Demonstrate effective caption writing techniques
  • Demonstrate effective headline and sub-headline writing techniques

A yearbook should tell the stories of the whole school community and no question, there are numerous stories to tell.  Spreads are valuable real estate; staff must make imperative decisions on what should make it on the pages. If any one of the elements described below is present, a story has news value and is deserving of the yearbook.

Chronologic: If something happened this year, it is more newsworthy than something that occurred in other time frames (as long as it fits within your publications deadlines.)

Eminence: Who are the movers and shakers in your school?  Help the staff identify these people in your school:  the valedictorian, the lead actor in the musical, the lead scorer on the football team, the janitorial staff, principal and perhaps the yearbook team. When these people do things, those things are newsworthy.

Proximity: When things happen in or around your school, they are meaningful to your readers. Some great spreads have been done about the community, about places students work and places they hang out.  Your school is also special. Possibly, record what the building is like this year, since it will change.

Footprint: What made a difference at your school this year? How many people has it affected? What are people talking about? Help the students recognize issues or events that impact this year. If it has made a difference to your students, faculty, staff and school community, it is newsworthy.

Trending:  What’s unique about this year? Is it fashion? Is it new technology? Is it a new trend? Is it the school’s anniversary or a new school? What sort of things appealed to the emotions of your school community? This can be a fun category and gives the students the opportunity to cover stories about people in an emotional way. These types of stories make the yearbook unique to that specific school year and draw the reader’s attention.

An overview with your yearbook team on these elements at the beginning of the year will provide students focus as they plan their ladder. It can help them articulate why they choose the events they do, and why it has value on the pages of the book.

As your students brainstorm story ideas, fill their ladder and plan coverage, ask them to ruminate why these stories belong in the book. By inspiring your staff to warrant the stories they cover, you are exposing them to the fundamental elements of good journalism. By doing so you will inspire them to make exceptional conclusions in electing stories that are more significant than others, and why they blunder a place in the book.

Congratulations yearbook advisers, you ARE teaching journalism and the skills that encompass the profession, from researching and reporting, to writing, editing and designing. You also teach photojournalism and accuracy. All of these skills translate to disciplines that your students will naturally begin to apply in other areas of studies.

Coreen Lychak
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

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: Features unique personality 
  • Action/Reaction: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”
  • Your photo has to tell the right story and complement your article/spread/topic

Composition:

  • Portrait vs. Landscape 
  • Rules of Thirds
  • Frame the Subject
  • Fill the Frame
  • Zoom In/Out/Perspective
  • Leading Lines
  • Texture & Patterns
  • Light: How the light influences your photos

Technical:

  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture

What are they?  Click here

UNDERSTANDING TECHNICAL FUNCTIONS: CHECK OUT THE SIMULATOR

Important Tips:

  • Ensure your photos have a minimum of 300 dpi (That’s dots per inch!)
  • Using a larger size photos requires more pixels – set your camera to higher setting!

How long does it take to become a good photographer?  Feed your determination & passion – you decide!

Leslie Perring
Friesens Yearbook Consultant

Muller Martini Hardcover Binding Line

Video of New Muller Martini Hardcover Line In Action
We installed a brand-new Muller Martini hardcover binding line in 2017 and as of this week completed the installation of our 2nd brand-new Muller Marini hardcover binding line.

Operators are extremely excited! Based on our first lines results we expect to see the faster setup, less waste, and improved quality. That is a recipe for customer satisfaction and success.

Check out the video

Friesens buys 3rd Muller Martini hardcover binding line
In response to customer and market demands we are excited to announce we have purchased a 3rd hardcover binding line. Yes, that means 3 new hardcover binding lines in the past 2 years. We expect to have this 3rd line installed and running in June 2019

As the book markets continue to be strong we want to ensure we are the go-to supplier for all your book needs. We now have three hardcover binding lines along with two softcover binding lines.

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 focused on the finish line. Here are some ideas to bring some additional fun into the classroom: