What are pre-print checks?

So you’ve nearly finished editing your book and your deadline is approaching – great! But before we can let you click that ‘submit’ button there are a series of checks your book will need to go through at the AllYearbooks office.

As you come to the final stages of creating your book, your yearbook coordinator may remind you to submit for these checks as soon as possible (at least three working days before your deadline). But why? And what exactly are pre-print checks?!

Check out our pre-print and final confirmation FAQs below:

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What is a pre-print check?
A member of our team will look through your book page-by-page for any potential printing problems. We recommend getting this done a few days before your deadline so that you have time to make any possible changes we suggest.

How long do these checks take?
We will try and check your book soon after you request these checks, but we always recommend you leave enough time for us to check through. The time of the actual checks can also vary due to the content and size of your yearbook. Your yearbook coordinator will always be happy to update you on our progress – just ask !

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Does the book have to be completely finished before pre-print checks?
We’re often asked if the editors can still make changes while these checks are ongoing and the answer is yes, of course! All we ask is that the bulk of content has been added before these are requested.

What kind of things are you looking for?
We are looking for any potential printing problems – this can range from low quality pictures, overlapping text boxes, text and background colours, to font types. For example, if you have a bright yellow text against a white background, we might suggest for you to darken this colour to make it easier to read when printed.

Are you proofreading our content too?
No – we are just looking at things from a printing perspective. Checking for typos and duplicated images is still a responsibility for the editors and staff proofreader. AllYearbooks cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions made by editors and other contributors.

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What do we do now?
Once AYB has been through your book you will receive an email telling the chief editor and staff proofreader to log into the book and click on a yellow bar at the top of the book’s homepage.

From here you will be able to view the checks, and when you are happy with everything you can click confirm and we will send your book to the printers!

Any questions you have about the pre-print checks process please just ask us! We are here to help and to make sure you have the best yearbook!

Who’s Who: Creating a map of your school

We love unique ideas here in the AllYearbooks office and we’ve been thinking lately about different ways to list all your teachers in your yearbooks.

We often see pages which simply list teachers and their photos, but why not shake things up a bit by getting creative and making a map!?

Of course, listing all members of staff on your map may make it a bit crowded, but this layout is a great way of giving the behind-the-scenes members of staff their time to shine.

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We’ve layered several fill shapes to create a map outline and then added in text boxes and marker PNGs. Then, simply upload your teacher photos (perhaps crop them into a circle shape before uploading) and you’ve got yourself a map!

Speak to your yearbook coordinator today about creating this layout for your own yearbook.

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Happy New Year!

Hello 2018

Happy 2018 everybody! The AllYearbooks team is back after the Christmas break and we would like to wish all of our customers a very happy new year!

The beginning of the year is a great time to start creating your 2018 yearbook, and your yearbook coordinators are all ready and waiting to answer any questions you have about your project.

Feel free to give the office a call on 01736 751444, or email us at hi@allyearbooks.co.uk

Get the look: Minimalist yearbook covers

Here at AllYearbooks we have a lovely team of talented designers who are dedicated to creating unique covers for your yearbooks.

Whether you are wanting specific theme, colour scheme or have no idea where to start, our design dream team will make sure you have a perfect cover by your deadline date!

We are seeing a lot of 2017 and 2018 yearbook committees going for a formal, minimalist look when speaking to our design team – here are some of our favourite ideas around the theme:

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Speak to a member of the team today about getting your first cover draft created!

Do Your Thing for Children in Need 2017!

We love seeing all of your fundraising events in your yearbook, and the photos make for such fun and colourful pages!

Whether you’re holding a bake sale, a sponsored silence or maybe the school are holding a non-uniform day, be sure to take a few photos so you can make a funky collage in your yearbook.

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If you haven’t got many photos to fill your page why not get a budding reporter to write a summary of the day? This is a great way of filling up space and getting students involved with the yearbook process!

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Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 4

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

One of the most important things to have set up before your members join the book is your profile questions and award categories. If members are logging into the book before these are set up, there is a chance they will not log in again to add these answers.

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When you’re ready to create new profile questions simply click on ‘Profile Questions‘ in your blue setup menu. Here you will be able to type in a list of questions you would like members to answer, and we have even provided a few suggestions to get you started!

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Once you have added your questions you will be able to filter who is able to answer them, as well as how you want the answers to be shown in your book.

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Remember to save all of your changes and then it’s time to move onto the awards!

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If you have decided to include awards in your yearbook you will need to go click on ‘Votes and Awards‘ in your set-up menu to get these added.

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Here you’ll be able to choose from adding awards, casting your own votes and closing/reopening the awards as well.

To add awards click on ‘Add an award‘ and here you’ll also be able to customise the nominees for each one. Selecting ‘custom‘ will allow you to type each individual name you would be like nominated.

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If you would like to freeze voting at any point you can do so via the ‘Votes and Awards‘ section of your menu. This comes in very handy if you want to close voting on a certain day but you are still wanting the members to log in and finish their profiles.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Three: Creating Profile Pages

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 3

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

Now we have got our profile groups set up, and our members joined, we will focus on how to create some profile pages in the book!

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When you are ready to add some profile pages into your book you will first need to click on ‘Add Pages’ in the top left of the grey toolbar on your homepage. Then, select ‘Profiles‘.

First thing to do is to name your page, and then you will want to select a profile group to appear (use the drop down menu to choose from your created groups).

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Next, you will want to move to the right hand side of the pop up box, where the different layouts are listed. Here you can filter the different layouts by how many profiles appear per spread.

Once you have selected the profile spread you like, you will need to select how many pages you want to add. You can do this by using the drop down box called ‘Pages’.

The ‘2’ refers to how many single pages will be added, while spreads points out how many double pages are being created. If you know how many profiles you will need in total, eg 30, you can also select this.

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Now you have added profile pages into your book, you may need to change which profile group it is showing. This is easily done by clicking on the page you would like to change, and then selecting ‘Profiles’ in the blue page menu.

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You’ll want to click on the drop down menu under ‘Profile Group‘. Here, you can select a different group and save the changes. You’ll also be able to change to a different profile layout on this page.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to add profile questions and awards for your members to answer!

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Four: Profile Questions & Awards