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!

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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Making a look-a-likes page :)

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Have you ever noticed how much that girl in your science group looks like Anna Kendrick? Or how Tom’s bleached hair makes him look a bit like Malfoy from the Harry Potter films? If your school is filled with look-a-likes why not incorporate this into your page plan. Be sure to check with people first though and avoid pairing people with images that might cause upset! Saying that Mr Redworth looks like Jabba the Hutt for example probably wont go down all that well so be mindful of this as you create your pages- you don’t want to end up in the headmasters office after all!

So to make this page, all you need to do is create a basic grid layout using the add picture frame button. You can pair frames together so it’s nice and obvious which pairs go together and then use the add title text option to add in the names for each person 🙂 Have fun!

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Get the look: Potter Perfection

PotterThe Harry Potter books continue to inspire some great themed yearbooks full of magic and mischief this year and it’s a lot of fun to see how people have really introduced this theme with a lot of thought- a particular favourite of mine was the Chamber of Secrets Confessions page I saw in a book a few years ago now but editors are always coming up with fantastic new page creations!

So where to start? Well let’s look at your font selections first 🙂 There are some lovely magical and old looking font options that work so perfectly for this kind of theme. Fonts like Diplomata SC, Bigelow Rules, Jim Nightshade ….

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When it comes to creating your page, our parchment background is the best choice for you! You can also find these awesome scroll banners to embellish your title pages and add another dimension to your design in the clipart selection available in all books.

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When you’re choosing colour schemes, you’ll probably want some nice earthy colours for parchment looks. Remember you also have black and white in addition to your palette choices 🙂

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When it comes to cover designs, the Marauder’s Map has been a strong influence this last year. You can get the look using parchment style background, fonts mentioned above and a little creative drawing to map out your school grounds.  Alternatively you can make a nice Hogwarts style crest using your school’s house colours and images which looks fab too!

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Remembering exchange students

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Over the 5 -7 years you’ve been in school, there will be lots of people who’ve shared in the journey. Teachers, friends and family spring to mind instantly but don’t forget those honorary classmates from across the waters. Exchange trips bring a wave of interesting and often hilariously quirky people right into the middle of your life so give them a mention if you can! Rummage around those throwback photos and you’ll probably find some photos to make a page or two from 🙂

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Get the look: Comic book cool!

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Marvel has taken over our screens in recent years and superheros are awesome again. Comic book style has become more and more popular over the last fear years so we’re bringing you a little theme guide of exactly that 🙂 Let’s look at the colour palette of the comic book style in a little more detail first- the palette is bright but the black and white nature of the drawings take priority and give it that bold graphic quality. Key colours such as red, yellow and blue feature heavily whilst black and white add emphasis and depth so a palette like this one is a great starting point:

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Texture and depth are also used to create contrast. Take the infamous pow and crash signs of retro comics for example. Adding layers of these bold colours and teaming flat colours and dotty backgrounds is an easy way to replicate the look of traditional style comics.

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You’ll notice a whole host of bright and exciting page backgrounds in the theme area which can be used for comic book page designs, like these for example:

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When it comes to fonts, you’ll want a mix of bold, chunky options for page titles and smaller typefaces for main profile and body text. A palette like this one is a great starting point:

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For those of you feeling adventurous, why not have a go at making your own comic strip 🙂 You could host a competition to collect the funniest stories and drawings and put them together for a unique and legendary page idea!comic

Moving on to your cover design, you might like to go for something bold and vibrant or keep it simple with a monochromatic base like this design from Blairgowrie High School. The superman style crest gives it an instantly recognisable superhero style whilst adding a big splash of colour 🙂

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