Customising your pages

Now that you’ve added a spread, you can customise it by:

Choosing your colour palette: Each spread can use a colour palette comprised of 5 colours. Use the palettes available, or create your own – perhaps with your school colours! Choose a different palette for different spreads to add distinction, or use the same palette across all spreads to create continuity.

Choosing your font selection: Similar to the colour palette, each spread can contain 5 fonts. Use our combinations, or choose from over 600 fonts! Consider that different fonts occupy varying space on the page.

Choosing a background: Adding a texture or colour to your page background can really make it special. Choose from our designs, or ask us to create a custom background for you. Perhaps your logo faded, or the school grounds…it’s up to you 🙂

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Once you are happy with your design choices, you may wish to apply them to other spreads in your yearbook. The video below explains how to duplicate an existing design onto other pages:

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Navigating the page designer

Our new page designer give you lots of freedom, and has hundreds of options for you to choose from when creating your pages.

This tutorial helps you get to grips with the designer, and highlights some of the basic functions for you:

  • Adding pages
  • Undo & redo
  • Saving changes
  • Exiting the designer

Creating collages and other pages

Our new page designer gives you complete creative freedom to create amazing collages, as well as any kind of page using photos and text!

The possibilities are endless 🙂

Collage using the random grid tool: This is a quick and easy way to add photos to a page.

Collage using a premade template: Use one of the many templates provided, and tweak it to fit your vision.

Collage from scratch: Add objects (frames and filled boxes) and text to the page with no grid or layout. Let your imagination run wild!

Other pages: You can also use any of the collaging methods above to create other kinds of pages. The designer allows you the freedom to create contents pages, article pages, message pages…anything you like!

Creating profile pages

Before you add profile pages you will need to set up profile questions, and profile groups.

Now you can use the page designer to add your profile pages 🙂

  • Add a spread first
  • Choose your layout (you can customise these later)
  • Choose which profile group to display on the page
  • Choose how many pages to add
  • Choose your theme

You may then like to customise your profile pages 🙂

Endpapers

Endpapers are a special feature of premium laminated hardback and leatherette books.  These are double page spreads, printed on the inside of the cover, at the front and back of the book.
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Your endpapers will act as both introduction and ending to your book, so you can really define your style with then. A big advantage of endpapers is they don’t have a middle “gutter”, allowing photos to go across two pages without losing peoples faces in the middle. You can also have text written across the spread, allowing you to welcome people to the book. Maybe you’d like to leave them a message at the end, letting them know when the reunion is?

Here are a few examples we’ve made in the past, but feel free to come up with something unique! 🙂

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Print size comparison chart

If you’ve been chatting to us about your design, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrases ‘high resolution’ and ‘print quality’ bandied around quite a bit – that’s because we want you to be amazed with the finished quality of your book. Getting your head around image resolutions and why they actually make a difference can be a little tricky so here is a little overview to explain more 🙂

Put in simple terms, the quality of your image is tied to the resolution. Every image you upload is created from lots of tiny dots, each capturing a little piece of the overall image. The greater the DPI (dots per inch) the more detail you’ll capture in your images.  If you have a low resolution image (anything >150dpi), you’ll find it looks a little pixelated, blurry and lacking in detail. With higher resolution images (300dpi), there is more information stored giving you a crisper, more defined image (and a bigger smile when you open your books) which is better for everybody!

You might find an image and think ‘this looks spot on’ and then be a little surprised when we ask for a higher resolution version. This is because print resolution is generally much larger than screen resolution, click the image below if you don’t believe me 🙂 quite a difference right?

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So now we have a bit of an understanding about resolutions, lets see it in action! Lets say I want to make my yearbook cover using our logo…

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The logo looks fine here right? Nice and clear and no problems. As we start to enlarge this towards print resolution, you’ll see the edges have started to get a little pixelated and it’s all starting to look a little fuzzy  😦AYB Logo1

You wouldn’t be pleased if your books arrived looking less than perfect and nor would we be so as a general rule for logos, you’ll need to chat to a staff member- usually anything you’ll find online is teeny-tiny and sadly there is no magical way to make transform them into beautiful high quality images for you.

If the image isn’t swamping your laptop screen it’s probably going to be low resolution and unsuitable for printing on a larger scale i.e. as your cover/ endpapers/ double page photos or as a custom background. The key is to look at your image objectively and check:

  • clarity– does the image look sharp and clear?
  • source– where has this image come from? Could I find a better version from somewhere else?
  • size– what are the dimensions of the image? Check our guides to covers for more info 🙂

Yearbook Options

We have four main options for your yearbooks this year.

Our standard laminated hardback is the default option for your book. The covers are high quality, full colour front and rear, and can be used for books from 40-300 pages.

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We also have a couple of premium upgrades available for you to choose from for that extra special finish.

Our premium laminated hardback includes front cover engraving (as well as other great features) and is the same as our information pack -please get in touch with your address if you’d like a free copy and live in the UK!

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Alternatively you can choose our premium leatherette hardback which is exactly the same but using a leather type material instead of the glossy laminate.

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The fourth and final option, and new for this year, is our stitch-folded paperback 🙂 Available as a 40 page B5 book, this is a great option for those of you working to a tight budget.

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Adding photos, profile text and voting online

This video explains how to add content as a member.

Uploading photos: Use the “Pics” tab to upload photos to be used anywhere in the yearbook. Use labels (added by editors) and tags to organise photos once uploaded.

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Adding profile text: Use the “Me” tab to answer profile questions. Any questions left unanswered will not appear on your profile when printed.

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Voting in online awards: Once editors have added award categories, you can cast a vote for each award. You can change your votes anytime whilst polls are open.

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Promoting your yearbook to members

Once your yearbook is set-up and you’ve invited your members to join, you need to make sure it’s a success. That means lots of people active on the site and adding content.

Here are some ways to promote the yearbook and get your members involved:

Invite everyone online ASAP: The best way to sell the book is to show it off, so  get people logging in and talking about it. Look here for how to invite members online: https://support.allyearbooks.co.uk/addmembers/

Arrange a yearbooking session: Book an IT room and set up the computers (and get in some tea and biscuits). You can ask for permission to do it in a free period and have people just show up and login.

Begin collecting orders: Ask for names and contact details for everyone ordering a yearbook (and keep a good list!). Also start collecting deposits of £5-10 – people will join the book to see what’s on offer!

Posters around the school: Download our poster design from the Help & Support link at the bottom of your online yearbook page – or have fun making designs of your own 🙂

Use Facebook, Twitter, or the social network of your choice: A Facebook group is particularly useful, to update and chase everyone – members can also login through Facebook and pull pictures straight over into the yearbook.

Make your yearbook exciting: Title your collages for events or fun themes to get everyone talking and remembering, run online awards, add a “Friends’ comments” profile question for members to make suggestions to each other – make making the yearbook fun for everyone!

More ways for your members to contribute: Why not run a cover design competition, or offer custom pages that everyone can bid for with their ideas and designs for news articles, stories, artwork, poetry…