How to Create a Yearbook Page

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Yearbooks are keepsakes that people keep for several years after graduating from high school or college. They contain memories of student life, pictures of past classmates, and details of current events that happened on the year they graduated. Yearbook pages are a way for classmates to share memories with each other for the rest of their lives.

Plan the concept that you want for the page. Yearbook pages are not required to follow specific formats in design (although your school may have rules regarding the kinds of pictures you can include). It is important to plan how you want to present yourself in the yearbook, and how you want people to remember you. If you have a circle of friends, you may want to have one page that you all share to keep costs down, or acquire more space.

Research the price for the space. Yearbook staff sell page space, which can range from a quarter of a page to a whole page. A whole spread counts for two pages. Some yearbook printer may have policies regarding the number and size of the pictures, because the higher the resolution, the more expensive it is to print. Be firm on how much you are willing to pay and take a page at that price. You may have to reserve space in advance since a lot of students want personal pages and they may sell out quickly.

Transfer the content to the computer. Scan pictures and open them with a photo editor to adjust the size and retouch any photos. Instead of gluing pictures together on scrapbook paper and scanning it later, your pictures will look better if you scan the pictures one by one and organize them all together on the computer later. You may have additional content that you want to include in designing your page such as clippings, ribbons and other craft materials.

Design the page. Depending on your computer skills, you can choose from various software available to design your page, from Microsoft Word to Adobe Photoshop. Create a collage of your pictures and include descriptions that you can read later. Using a photo editor to design your page allows you to tweak the pictures' resolution and compress the file sizes so they won't take up as much space. Yearbook pages also include text, not just pictures, so be sure to use readable font in the right size to write your captions and any necessary messages.

Publish it. Publishing a yearbook page means exporting it to the correct format recognized by the desktop design program that your school's yearbook staff uses. Software like Adobe InDesign allows you to professionally create your pages. The best way to know what file type to export your file to is by contacting the yearbook staff. While some may accept .pdf files, some yearbook designers may ask for a file with a .psd extension so they can customize it according to the space. The yearbook staff will know the specifications allowed by the printer. The printer determines the resolution and page sizes allotted for the yearbook, while the staff is responsible for putting all the submissions together that will be turned in to the printer later.