Celebrating Red Nose Day

As Red Nose Day approaches, be sure to take lots of photos of your fundraising events so you can add them into a yearbook collage!

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Why not use a fun font (we’ve used Flavors) with a red spotty background? A few well-placed PNGs can also liven up the page while showcasing the achievements of the school.

Whether it’s a sponsored bike ride, fancy dress day, or a charity bake sale we love seeing all your pics online – be sure to share them with us on Twitter!

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The five-point collage checklist!

We’ve seen countless amazing collages from editors over the years, so we thought we’d share a checklist of things to double check before signing off on your book, ensuring you make the best collages possible.

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1. Are there duplicates?
When placing loads of photos in one book, it is sometimes possible for editors to mistakenly add a photo which is already on a different page. It’s always best to check this before submitting for print because this can easily ruin what would otherwise be a perfect collage!

Luckily we have a great tool to help you spot any sneaky duplicates, be warned though that this won’t work if the same photo has been uploaded twice to the system. Just click on the ‘proof and print’ menu within your book and you will find the option there.

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2. Is everyone represented?
It’s nice to see everyone fairly represented in a collage, so make sure everyone has their chance to shine!

3. Has everybody got their heads?
When you’re collating your photos and placing them on the page make sure that the photo is in the correct shape. It may sound obvious but on a page full of photos it’s easy for people to be accidentally cropped out, or covered by another photo.

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4. Is it distracting?
Much of this comes down to personal preference, but it is worth keeping in mind that busy backgrounds and bright colours may distract readers from the actual content of the page. In the example below you can see that both pages contain the same photos – but the backgrounds give the page a very different feel.

5. Will your photos print well?
Yes, we know we say this all the time but it is such an important point! We want you to have the best book possible, which means using good photos! We won’t get too technical but when you enlarge a small photo, the resolution will decrease. This means that the quick snap you took on your phone of your cat may not look great when stretched across a double page spread.

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Once again, our system comes to the rescue and will warn you of such problems. When a yellow box appears with a dpi warning you should probably consider changing the frame size, replacing the photo completely, or picking a new layout to accommodate the photo. Your yearbook coordinator will be happy to help with ideas and solutions too!

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Please, please, please download a PDF spread of all your pages before printing – this will give you a better idea of what the page will look like when printed so you can avoid any unhappy surprises when you receive the physical copy!

Trip pages

Why not dedicate a page within your book to your school trips? Whether it was a day out at the local farm, or somewhere a bit more exotic, getting members to upload and label their snaps will make putting together a collage a breeze.

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Once you’ve got your photos sorted, be sure to take a look at our travel-themed PNGs. While scrolling through our clipart gallery you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition for your page.

We‘ve added a text box on top of a plane PNG to create a unique heading, while layering fill shapes and text boxes to make a cartoon passport and boarding pass.

Speak to your yearbook coordinator today for some ideas about jazzing up your trip pages!

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World Book Day 2017 ideas

With today being the 20th World Book Day, we’ve been thinking about plenty of ways to incorporate the world of books into your pages.

One idea we have come with up is to mix up your World Book Day photos with a personal book journal. This idea will be great in primary school yearbooks as it encourages students to keep a record of what they are reading. Just set out a few questions on the page and leave spaces so they can hand-write their answers when they get home.

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If you’d rather focus on adding photos to your pages, a quote can make a wonderful centre piece for your collage. We’ve gone with a classic Dr Suess quote, but the possibilities are endless!

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We love seeing all of your fancy dress photos, they get more and more inventive each year! Keep up the good work and let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

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Finding the right colour scheme!

If you’re struggling to find inspiration when choosing your yearbook’s colour scheme, don’t worry – we are here to help!

Take a look at our pre-made colour palettes which you will find in the ‘Theme’ menu, and if nothing is taking your fancy feel free to make your own using some of our tips below.

Be bold

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours, especially if you are looking to create an eye-catching page. Think yellow and black, neon pink and turquoise, purple and lime green!

Be relaxed

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If you’re thinking about a more chilled-out look, pick out some neutral colours for your palette. Pale blues, summer yellows and cream tones will leave your year group feeling calm and peaceful.

Be Sophisticated

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Rather than opt for white, why not try a creamy background colour with a selection of purples and pinks. These colours look great when paired with a handlettered font, and gives the page a sophisticated feel.

Be Experimental

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Why pick just one bright colour when you can pick five!? Contrasting colours such as pink and red can look really effective when used sparingly. Throw in some yellow, green and blue and you’ve got yourself a stand-out colour scheme.

If you’d like any help choosing a colour palette, or want to use one of the above, our yearbook coordinators are more than happy to help! Click on the support tab within your book and let us know.

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Baby Photo Games

 

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this is such a classic yearbook page type it has to be said. We see these pages in at least half of the yearbooks we make and if it’s not on a page like this, those baby photos have been incorporated into the profiles themselves! If you’d like to include a guess the baby photo page like this, you can find a full tutorial here 🙂

A new chapter for AllYearbooks….

The start of February brings about some fantastic changes for AllYearbooks and we’re very excited to share this new chapter of our company story with our lovely customers! As of yesterday, AllYearbooks merged with Tempest Photography which was a big step towards maintaining our number one position in the UK yearbook market. Many of you are probably wondering what this means for you as editors (and members) of 2017 yearbook projects but I want to say don’t panic- we’re not changing our winning formula and your yearbook journey will continue as normal 🙂

Whilst this is big news for the AllYearbooks team, it also has some epic benefits as AllYearbooks customers. As of today you can now request high resolution images taken by Tempest Photography for use in your yearbook free of charge!!! We know many of you will want to take full advantage of featuring hilarious Year 7 throwback pics and official class photos so do get in touch if you’d like to request images for your books!

Secondly, we are now able to offer a range of hoodies to AllYearbooks customers. If you’re looking for leavers hoodies as well as yearbooks be sure let us know and we can pop a quote together for you.

For more information, you can visit allyearbooks.co.uk/tempest or you can give us call with any questions you may have moving forwards 🙂