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Designing graduate portrait pages

Your graduating class portrait page will often include personalized quotes, mottos and/or special memories added under the students’ name.

To accommodate this extra text, format your portrait page in the following manner.

First, create a portrait grid for the graduating class, using Classic under-portrait labels. Open the first page of the portraits in the editor…

… then check out the book to edit the portrait page.

Adjust the rows and columns for the page – you’ll need fewer columns, so the portraits and label space under them are wider, and fewer rows, so you can make more space between the rows. Generally 2-4 columns and 3-4 rows will give you the space you need.

Next, under the Advanced options, increase the row spacing to its maximum value – 0.5 inches.

You may also wish to change the Page title height to 1/4 page, or eliminate it entirely. If your book has page numbering on, also add a bottom margin that is a little larger than your row spacing to pad out the bottom of the page.

Update your layout – it will look something like this, with extra padding between the rows.

Next, you’ll need to create a placeholder text frame under each portrait – you’ll be able to cut-and-paste the students’ personal statements into this area later.

Click the T icon in the top right corner to add a text frame.

Move the text frame into position under the first label – Memento Yearbook’s positioning guides will help you lock it into alignment, but you also can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to tap it gently into position. Once in position, type some placeholder text, and set your font properties.

Select your formatted text frame, then Copy (Ctrl-C on Windows, Cmd-C on Mac) and paste (Ctrl-V on Windows, Cmd-V on Mac) to duplicate it. Position this frame into the image in the second column. Repeat this for the remaining two top row images.

Multi-select these text frames by holding the Ctrl key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) then selecting the four frames one at a time. Copy then paste all four frames, and move these as a group to the second row. Repeat the copy-paste-reposition procedure until all portraits have a placeholder text frame.

When all the text frames are in position, your page will look like this, ready for custom text to be entered under each portrait.

To add labels to additional graduate portrait pages following the first page, multi-select the text frames on the first page, copy all text frames, move to the next page, then paste a full set onto your page.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to have finalized your graduate portraits before beginning to transfer the students’ personalized memories into the placeholder text frames. If you add a missing graduate portrait or correct a last name, your portraits will reflow, but the text text frames will not auto-arrange to follow the new portrait flow.

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