When designing a yearbook, stay consistent with a theme throughout the book. Referring to your theme several times is a great way to enhance your yearbook. You will be surprised how easily your book can come together once you have a theme selected.
Tip: Your yearbook should have a new theme each year. People will enjoy your creativity and the story the yearbook tells each year.
Getting started is always the hardest part. A great starting point is to reference your yearbook from the previous year to guide you in building a Yearbook Ladder. Download and print a blank Yearbook Ladder here to help you get started.
Our design software options make class pages simple and quick to design. If Inter-State Studio takes your school pictures, we will automatically add your faculty, staff and student images into your chosen yearbook design program. Many of our design programs already have multiple templates for class portrait pages ready for you to use. Simply flow your images into these pages and add your background to continue your theme.
Let your creativity shine when designing special event pages. These pages are a great place to slightly stray away from your overall theme. Consider a special background for these pages that relates to the event you are featuring. This will help tie the page back to the event you’re showcasing. When making special event pages, choose about ten pictures that will capture the essence of the event. Try displaying one large group picture and then choosing pictures of students involved in the event.
Tip: It may be tempting to squeeze as many pictures on a page as possible, but it is not always pleasing to the eye. Find something special about each event and highlight.
Are you designing a larger book? Consider using division pages to separate your book into sections for easy navigating. Include your sections in a table of contents at the beginning of the yearbook for even easier navigation through the pages.
When it comes to keeping images organized, we recommend using Google Drive to store and organize pictures by class and events. Share your recreated folders with those who will be helping you take photos throughout the year.
They can add additional folders and document the specifics of the event and who is in each picture.
Tip: Set reminders to notify your photo helpers throughout the year about capturing those special events and moments.
Magazines, books and other publications are great sources for ideas, but remember they are protected by U.S. copyright laws. Use your creativity to adapt your favorite layouts and other design ideas to create something completely new. Photographs, graphics, artwork, character images and character names, as well as slogans and phrases, are all protected by copyright laws and cannot be included in your yearbook. You MUST have permission to use copyrighted material. Include a copy of the permission letter with your layout. If you have questions if something will work in your book, contact your customer service representative to find out for sure.