Designing your own cover – what you need to know

We’ve got a lovely bunch of talented designers ready and waiting to create your yearbook cover for you, but our dream team are more than happy to take a backseat and let you design your own cover if you wish!

Designing your own cover is a great way to create a totally unique book that is special to your year group. Our designers can work with you throughout the process, either helping to tweak rough drafts, or to provide some helpful tips and hints.

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There are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind while creating your design:

Size – Design your front and back covers to be a single sheet of B5 each. B5 is 17.5cm wide by 25cm high.

Image quality – Please ensure the photos you use are original images of good quality, and try to avoid downloading photos off social media.

School logo – If you are planning on using the school logo on your cover be sure to find a high quality image. We recommend speaking to your school’s graphics department to see if they have one available. Copying and pasting from the school’s website usually won’t be good enough for printing.

Design file DPI – Make sure your design document is created at 300dpi or higher.

Don’t delete the original file – When you save JPG versions of your cover, ALWAYS keep a version you can re-edit as it might need changing!

Your design can be designed in any program or hand-created on paper. If designing on a computer it’s best to save your design as a high quality JPG or PDF file to send to us, with any extra instructions needed. Scan paper designs at high resolution (300 dpi) and send it to us with any other requests.

Please leave the spin text blank, just let your coordinator/designer know what you would like the text to read as – we will then add this in for you 🙂

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Cover Design Info

Take a look at some amazing covers our customers have designed in the past:

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Using professional images in your yearbook

While you are creating your yearbook your coordinator may mention that it looks like you’ve used professional images within your book.

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This is nothing to worry about! We just need to check that you have received permission from the photography company that has taken the images as we cannot go to print without this.

What you’ll need to do is contact the photographer (their details can usually be found online) and double check that they are happy for you to use the images in your book. Some photographers are happy for you to do this free-of-charge, while for others there may be a small copyright fee. Speaking to your photographer can also give you access to high-resolution images which look amazing when printed.

Then, you’ll need to send us any written confirmation you have (via email is fine!) and your book can go to print. If we don’t receive written confirmation this may result in printing delays – and we really don’t want that to happen!

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Did you know that you can have free use of Tempest Photography images in your AllYearbooks projects? Simply go to www.allyearbooks.co.uk/photos to fill in the request form and then a member of staff will be in touch with you shortly.

Happy yearbook-ing!

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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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Free printable photobooth props

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Hey everyone, how are you getting on?! Many of you are starting to talk about yearbook photos at the moment so I wanted to deliver a special gift for you to enjoy. We’ve made a fun photobooth prop printable set for you to use as you wish. Whether you want to spice up your profiles, create a fun photobooth collage or let your teachers show their fun side, all you need to do is download and print the prop set onto some card and attach to some wooden skewers or straws.

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Ready to get started?! Just click this link to start your free download 🙂

Have fun,

the AYB team

Proofing and print preparations!

Some of you editors may be nearing your print deadlines so I thought I’d send you a quick guide to proofing your final draft and what to expect when you’re ready to print 🙂 When you reach the stage where you think your book is ready to print, you’ll enter the final stage of production and it’s now a case of having a look over everything one more time.  We’ll also do the same from our side once you click the ‘request pre-print checks’ link at the top of your home screen.

So when it comes to proofing, there are a number of things you should be on the look out for. These are things such as image resolution warnings and text cut off warnings and more general things like legibility and header/footer text. To help you complete your proofing quickly and efficiently, we’ve put together this handy checklist of things to look out for.

Proofing Checklist

resourcesYou can find a copy of this checklist at any time by clicking the resources button which is found in the support box at the bottom of your yearbook screen.

So once you’ve requested your pre-print checks our team will then have one final look over your pages too. Another set of eyes over the project is never a bad thing and we can make you aware of any issues that may be problematic in print so you can adjust them. You’ll still be able to make changes to your book whilst this is being done so do make sure your queue yourself for pre-print checks in good time. We advise about 3 days before your print deadline so you have time to make adjustments if they are needed.

Once we have completed our checks, you’ll notice a new link at the top of the home area to review pre-print checks and send your book to print. As a reminder, your main editor AND your staff proof-reader will need to complete this process to ensure all parties agree the book is ready to print. This new link will take you to a new page on the system which allows you to review your final order details and submit for print 🙂

the AYB team

Making trip books for your school

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If your school is going on an epic trip or sports tour, you may want to make a smaller book for your group. I’m always amazed at the destinations you guys travel to nowadays so it’s no surprise that the demand for travel books is rising! As our minimum order quantity is just 20 copies and our paperbacks cost just £9, these little budget books are a great way to capture your journals and photos. Over the few few years, we’ve had the pleasure of making a few wonderful books which were filled with the scanned journal entries of students and teachers who visited Africa on a school trip. Complete with doodles in margins and  daily diary entries, trip books are a great cost effective way of celebrating life-changing travels and group achievements 😀

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If you would like more information about making a trip book for your school, just drop us an email hi@allyearbooks.co.uk or speak to your yearbook coordinator!

the AYB team

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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the AYB team