Creating Good Yearbook Pages. General Layout . Should be a mix of copy (text) and pictures The layout should look balanced No faces in the gutter (middle space between pages), but it is OK to have pictures cross the middle line Colors should look good together
Should be a mix of copy (text) and pictures
The layout should look balanced
No faces in the gutter (middle space between pages), but it is OK to have pictures cross the middle line
Colors should look good together
All copy should be correct (grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.)
Pictures and text should be big enough to read. Text should be in a color that is readable against the background.
Pick a dominant photo that shows intense emotion or action that draws the reader into the page
Avoid too many photos of people posed for the camera. Candid pictures do a better job of storytelling.
Try to get a variety of pictures. For example, on a football spread, not all pictures should be of the quarterback. Get pictures of the crowd, cheerleaders, coaches, etc.
Use a mix of horizontal and vertical pictures, close up and far away shots.
Choose photos with the subjects facing toward the center of the spread. This draws the reader into the spread and towards other items on the page.
When colors are not complimentary, the page can get hard to look at
Use the Walsworth Color Guide to help you get started
Use the dropper tool to help you get exact colors from the dominant photo onto the page.
This is also a good PowerPoint with some suggestions on using color in yearbook spreads: http://www.slideshare.net/CuriousSJG/power-ofthepalette
Try blocks of copy many different ways playing around with font size, color, style, etc. Print them off to see which one you like best.
Print many times as you work on a page to see how things REALLY look.
Keep spacing between elements consistent.
Make captions separate from body text by making it half a point smaller.