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The Perfect Photo Yearbook

Tips for Creating a Personalised 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 personalised photo yearbook gives you the chance to look back at all the highlights of the previous year - this will also prevent your precious photos disappearing in a data chaos on your computer. You’re sure to look at your yearbook time and again and show it to friends and family. 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.

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Camera Settings

Saving the place and date a photo is taken while photographing will ensure you don’t have to come up with this information later. Before shooting, you can adjust your camera’s or smartphone’s settings to make sure this information is recorded.

Photographing

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:

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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.

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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.

Tip

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

The classical structure of a yearbook follows by months, seasons, and particular memories or experiences. Mark the changing of seasons with a title or title photo. This will guide the observer through your book topically.

Of course you can also create your yearbook according to a certain theme. Design, for example, a book of holiday pictures, family, or special events, like weddings or birthdays. This way you can capture and experience your favourite memories again and again.

Open yearbook with summer photos

Tip

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 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. Variety provides a little extra flavour, too. When you want to present a particular moment or scene you took detailed pictures of, it may be interesting to place the associated photos like a story board. 

Tip

Some smartphone photos especially lack a high enough resolution to be displayed in larger formats. Should a quality warning 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.

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.

Open book with text on the topic of spring

Tip

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 personalised design of your photo book.

Tip

Choose design elements that are fitting for each season or event. You can also adjust the backgrounds to better match the colour and mood of your photos.

Download the free e-book for creating the perfect photo yearbook here. You’ll find tons more tips and tricks for creating a photo book.

Final Check

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 on the finished product.

Have fun creating your 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.

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