Schools in many states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, face either full or partial shutdowns. While these measures help ensure your safety, it also makes capturing the images that comprise yearbooks difficult.
Plus, you may decide that you want to make your own yearbook to commemorate the people and things that matter to you. After all, the yearbook committee might not take much notice of the science project you built this year.
If you’re thinking about how to make your own yearbook, keep reading.
We’ll give you some key tips for making a yearbook you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Collect Images and Quotes
Images are the heart and soul of any good yearbook. You’ll need them for the interior and probably for the cover if you make your own yearbook cover.
You can use your own images, naturally. That’s just a good start.
The good news is that phones double as cameras, which means your friends almost certainly have a lot of great pictures too. Ask them to send you their favorite images.
Collect all of these images in one folder on your computer. You can also create subfolders like Sports, Candids, and so on to help organize the images.
Also, ask friends, teachers, coaches, and anyone else important to you for a quote to include in the yearbook.
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Many people elect to use some form of online yearkbook creator software. These software packages offer you templates and may even offer suggestions.
If the software doesn’t tie to a professional printing option, make sure you can export files that are compatible with the printing company want.
If you’re thinking that you’ll make your own yearbook at home, you’ll need some kind of desktop publishing software and photo editing software.
If your computer lacks desktop publishing software, you can find free options online. You’ll need the photo editing software to clean up images your friends send, as well as for cropping images.
Putting the Yearbook Together
Before you start throwing pictures into a template, make some kind of plan for the yearbook. The simplest way you can handle it is by creating dedicated sections. Here are a few potential section options:
While you can jump around, it’s usually faster and easier if you do a whole section at the same time. That way you format everything the same way.
You Can Make Your Own Yearbook
If you’re wondering if you can do it, the answer is yes. You can make your own yearbook. If you’re motivated, you can make your own yearbook at home.
Don’t put off getting started. Tell your friends about it and collect pictures early. Otherwise, people might delete them before you can get them.
Settle on what printer you’ll use for the finished product so you know what kind of files they accept. Either that or pick online software that a printing service provides.
For your sanity, finish a section in the yearbook before you jump to another.
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