The Perfect Photo Yearbook
Tips for Creating a Personalised Year in Review
The photos really pile up over the course of a year: travels, celebrations, athletic activities, hiking, get-togethers with family and friends, children’s photos, pets, and so on. All of these moments are often captured with digital cameras and smartphones. Special events in clubs, school classes, and choirs are also often photographed. A personalised photo yearbook gives you the chance to look back at all the highlights of the previous year - this will also ensure your precious photos don’t end up disappearing in unorganised chaos on your computer. You’re sure to look at your yearbook time and again as well as show friends and family. Here we’ll give you some tips for creating the perfect yearbook.
Shooting, Organising, and Selecting the Photos
Designing your yearbook actually begins well before the actual creation of your photo book. You can save quite a bit of time by keeping several things in mind while photographing and selecting which photos to use.
Saving the place and date a photo is taken while photographing will ensure you don’t have to try to come up with this information later. Before shooting, you can adjust your camera’s or smartphone’s settings to make sure such information is recorded.
When photographing particularly beautiful motifs, you should shoot them in both portrait and landscape format. This will give you a bit more flexibility when arranging individual pages in your photo book.
You can also use memorabilia like tickets or event programmes while designing your photo book. Simply take a photo of them and place them in your photo book.
Saving and Organising Your Photos
Photos should be regularly uploaded from your camera to your computer and saved in a designated file, especially when taking photos with multiple devices. To ensure your photos are listed in chronological order you should make sure your photos are listed by the date they were taken in the file.
Selecting Which Photos to Use
The arrangement of the photos is everything; close-up and detailed photos can be placed amongst portraits and panoramic shots to give your photo book a bit more variety. Not every photo you use has to be perfect, either. It’s just important that they have character and personal value.
Designing Your Yearbook as an ifolor Photo Book
Choosing the Right Photo Book
The main differentiating factors of photo books from ifolor are the production methods, cover and binding, as well as the maximum number of pages available.
The premium photo paper photo book makes the shortlist as a yearbook option with up to 120 pages. The photo book is made with real photo paper, features flat-lying pages, a hard cover, as well as special adhesive binding. The high-quality photo paper will really show off your photos and their eye-catching colours.
ifolor offers high-quality digitally printed photo books in various covers and bindings. You can choose from the photo book deluxe (up to 132 pages), photo book premium (up to 84 pages), photo book soft (up to 132 pages), or photo book spiral (up to 84 pages). A clear advantage of digital printing is that the pages are less prone to be smudged by fingerprints.
ifolor photo books are available in many various formats. We recommend designing your yearbook in at least A4 format since you’re bound to have lots of photos from the previous year.
Arranging Your Yearbook
You could go with a classic arrangement and order your photos according to the month or year they were taken or perhaps grouped into special events. You could also choose a theme for your photo book: create a travel yearbook to showcase your best vacation photos, a family yearbook to display all the special family events of the year, or a party yearbook to hold all your party highlights of the year.
It’s ideal to go ahead and start designing your photo book during the course of the year. If you take the time to sum up the previous four weeks once a month, you’ll be able to remember all the details. Another advantage is that you’ll be able to quickly and easily order your yearbook at the end of the year.
Number of Pictures and Photo Quality
You shouldn't place too many photos on each page. Your photo book will end up with a better appeal with fewer, high-quality photos. Here, less really is more.
Especially smartphone photos sometimes don’t have a high enough resolution to be displayed in larger formats. If a quality warning should appear in the ifolor Designer, this doesn’t mean the photos can’t be used at all in the photo book. Instead, you can make them smaller or place them in a smaller image placeholder.
Headings and Texts
You can use text to compliment your photos and short descriptions can help you remember special details about the photographs. Quotes, place names, dates, people’s names as well as anecdotes will make your yearbook complete. To segue into each new section of the photo book, you can use a thematic heading or perhaps the month.
Letters sometimes appear smaller on a computer screen than on the finished product. Text printed in a font between 11 and 14 is suitable for most photo book formats. Headings and single words can, of course, be in a larger font or perhaps in bold or italic.
Dynamics and Variety in Your Design
Individual photos can be either tilted or overlapped on other photos. Borders are ideal for separating photos from the background. You can use clip art, speech bubbles, flowers, patterns, and other design elements to accent and complete the individual design of your photo book.
Tip: Choose design elements that are fitting for each season or event. You can also adjust the backgrounds to flow with the colour and mood of your photos.
It’s a good idea to have another person go through your yearbook when you’re done designing it to check for typos and errors in the layout. Nothing is more annoying than finding typos and other errors after the fact when looking at the finished product.
Have fun creating your own personalised yearbook!
Inspiration for your photo books
Here you can also read our tips for designing a travel yearbook, family yearbook, and a party yearbook.