Photo Book Idea: Highlights of the Year
Tips for Creating a Personalized Year in Review
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 personalized photo yearbook gives you a review of the past year – this is to prevent the precious snapshots from getting lost in the data chaos and you can record your favourite moments in a personalized Best-of-the-Year yearbook. As a Christmas gift for family and friends, you can once again remember the beautiful moments of the year. For your Best-of-the-Year Photo Book to be a highlight, we’ll give you tips for creating the perfect yearbook.
Tips on Taking, Organizing, 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.
In the menu of your digital camera or your smartphone, set the recording location and date of your photos to be saved. In this way, you will not have to retrieve this information later, but you can use this data for your yearbook.
Photographing for the Yearbook
When photographing particularly beautiful subjects, you should shoot them in both portrait and landscape format. This will give you 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. It’s the little things that really make the book.
Save and Organize Pictures
Photos should be regularly uploaded from your camera to your computer and saved in a designated file, especially when shooting with multiple devices. We’ve collected all the most important information about managing your photos in this extra article: Storing your photos in one place.
Designing an ifolor Photo Yearbook
The Right Type of 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 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 different formats. We recommend designing your yearbook in at least A4 format since you’re bound to have lots of photos from the previous year.
Structure of the Yearbook Right Type of Book
A classical yearbook is structured by months, seasons and special events. Mark the changing of seasons and events in the book with a heading or a cover picture. This is how you guide the viewer thematically through your Photo Book.
Of course you can also create your Best-of Photo Yearbook with a specific motto. For example, create a book on various topics, such as:
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.
Choosing Your Photos
The mix makes all the difference: close-ups and detailed shots can be shown in both portrait and panorama format to spice things up a little. And not all selected photos have to be perfect. The main thing is that they have character and personal meaning.
Number of Photos and Picture Quality
You shouldn’t put too many pictures on each page. Your yearbook will look better with fewer and high-quality photos. Also play with different formats and layouts in the ifolor Designer to add variety to your Best-of Photo Book. If you captured a particular moment in great detail, it may be worthwhile to put these pictures adjacent to each other in a kind of story board.
Headlines and Text
You can use text to compliment your photos and short descriptions can help you remember special details about the photographs. Quotations, 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 name of 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 italics.
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 personalized design of your photo book. Just try out the diverse design options of the ifolor Designer to create your very own Photo Book.
Select the design elements according to the season or the event. Even backgrounds can be well adjusted to the colours and the mood of the pictures.
With these tips and a few creative ideas, your Best-of Photo Book will be your best present under the Christmas tree. We wish you a lot of fun creating, gifting, and browsing through it together with your loved ones.