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A Yearbook in Six Easy Steps

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea of building an entire yearbook?
Here are six easy steps to get you over the start line on your way to a successful yearbook project.

Step 1: Take a tour of Pixami
Studio Source Yearbooks provides you with a demo video tour of the features of your yearbook building tool. Investing a little time in an overview will save you hours of self-teaching frustration.

Step 2: Yearbook Organization
Yearbooks are built in multi-page sections. Using past yearbooks and your school calendar of events, decide what sections and pages you want include in your book – then add the sections filled with blank pages to build a skeleton for your book.

Step 3: Photo collection
Under Manage Photos, create folders to match your sections, and upload any photos you have on hand. If you need to get photos from your school community, use the Photo Post feature so people can upload the images directly to your yearbook.

Step 4: Create a simple design plan
Keeping your design plan simple is an effective way to manage your production time. Decide on a 2-4 color palette (eg: your school’s colors) or limit yourself to a small collection of matching backgrounds to use on a per-section basis.
Each page does not need to be completely different, like a scrapbook, but just lightly themed with a common color or texture, with a nice large title at the top of the page in a consistent font.

Step 5: Get photos onto pages
Drag and drop photos on your pages quickly, without attempting to create a layout. You can put them into position after you see what you have to work with on each page.
You’ll soon see if you are missing photos to cover an event, which images should be featured, and which images are too similar. Use premade Layouts to quickly arrange the photos on your page, or simply drag them into a quick arrangement, even jumbling them if you like.

Step 6: Decoration
Only if you have the time and the creative energy, tweak your designs with clipart or other decorative features. Remember that the photos are the main point of your yearbook, so keep these front and center – you don’t need to hunt for hundreds of pieces of clipart to complete your book.

We hope you enjoy building your yearbook!

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