The most common binding style chosen for a school yearbook is the hardcover format. The fact that every book is produced in-house allows us to maintain the highest quality production standards, while at the same time offer the most economical price for your yearbook.
There are two styles of hardcover book to choose from. These are the full color printed cover (most common), and the linen cover with foil stamping. The printed cover option offers a choice of either a matte or gloss cover finish. The linen covers are available is a variety of colors and finishes.
Available options for your school yearbook are a full color dust jacket, printed end sheets, and foldout pages. There are no minimum page count requirements for the hardcover binding format.
While the softcover binding format is the most economical, school yearbooks produced in this format are produced to the highest standards to ensure a long lasting quality yearbook. Features included in our softcover books are only found in quality bindings such as side scoring on the cover for easier opening, page notching and milling for a superior bind, and side gluing for better cover adhesion. The adhesives used are a high grade / high bond adhesive resulting in a durable, long lasting yearbook. The durable cover coatings available for your yearbook are the high gloss or matte finish Layflat laminates.
As with the hardcover binding format, there is no minimum page count requirement when choosing the spiral bound format for your school yearbook. The spirals are available in a wide variety of colors to properly match your cover design. The cover finishes available for your school yearbook are the high gloss or matte finish Layflat laminates.
The cost of printing your school yearbook depends mainly on the following:
When setting up the pages of your school yearbook, there are a few things to keep in mind. Details such as which software to use, selecting a page size, image resolution, and whether to have full bleed pages are all things to be considered when setting up your pages for printing.
A wide variety of software can be used to create the pages of your school yearbook. Below are some of the most common software used:
Adobe InDesign - Now that Adobe InDesign is available by monthly subscription, many schools have switched to using InDesign. InDesign is widely used by graphic designers, and is considered the best software in the graphics industry. It will easily handle large file sizes, and has a large number of design features.
Microsoft Publisher – Most school yearbooks are created using Microsoft Publisher. It may not have all the features of InDesign, but it will handle large file sizes and allow you to create an outstanding yearbook.
Adobe Photoshop – Many yearbooks are created using Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop has all the features to allow you to create a very professional page design. When using Photoshop, each page is designed individually and saved as a high quality (Press Quality) PDF file. Because each page is created individually, we would gather the individual PDF files to create a single master print file.
Microsoft Word - When using Microsoft Word, it is important to note that file sizes in excess of 50 megabytes can cause the software to run slowly. If you find you are having this type of issue, we would recommend creating each page individually, and saving the page as a high quality PDF file. As with PhotoShop, we will be able to gather individual pages and create one master print file for your yearbook.
The most common page size for school yearbooks is the 8.5” x 11” or the landscape 11” x 8.5”. Custom sizes such as 8” x 10” are available at no additional charge.
The first step in setting up your yearbook pages is to decide whether your pages should be full bleed, or have a white border on the pages. Full bleed is a term which means printing to the edge of the page. This can include either images or background colors. The alternative to full bleed printing is to have a white border which surrounds the contents of each page. If you have decided to use a white border on some, or all of your pages, we would suggest the width of the border should be from 3/8” to ½”.
When creating your pages with bleeds, the proper method is to add a bleed area to your pages. This bleed area is 1/8” added to the four edges of your page. This will result in a page size which is slightly larger. For example, if you have chosen the standard 8.5” x 11” for your yearbook, the pages when properly set up for full bleed printing would be 8.75” x 11.25”. Images or background colors which are placed on the full bleed page should extend into the bleed area. In production, the additional 1/8” bleed area will be trimmed away from each edge of the page resulting in the finished page size of 8.5” x 11”. It is important to remember that the images placed on the outside edge of a full bleed page will have 1/8” of the image trimmed away. This is not a problem with most images, but images which should not be trimmed should be placed away from the edge of the page.
If you have set up your yearbook pages, but did not include the bleed area, we are able to make adjustments to your file for you. The first option is to enlarge the pages slightly to create the bleed area and trim away the very outside edge of the page. This will only work if text which should not be trimmed is at least 3/8” away from the edge of the page. The second option would be to add a white border to the pages of your yearbook. This would only be done if text is too close to the edge of the pages.
The margin area applies mainly to text on your yearbook pages. It is recommended to keep any text on the page at least ½” away from the edge of the page. This will prevent the text from being trimmed into during production. This margin will also help the pages to look balanced and professional.
When selecting images for your yearbook pages, it is important to keep an eye on the resolution of the images you plan to use. High resolution images will print clearly, where low resolution images will be blurry and pixelated. Individual student photos are normally high resolution, and should not be an issue, but images found online are often low resolution images.
In order to print clearly, an image file should contain 300 pixels per inch. The more pixels found in an image, the higher the resolution of the image. The pixel count is found by right clicking the image and selecting Properties. On a Mac, the pixel count is found by right clicking the image and selecting Get Info. The pixel count of an image is displayed as two numbers separated by an x. An image which is rectangular, and contains 300 pixels in the width, and 200 pixels in the height would be displayed as 300 x 200. To calculate how large this image can be printed clearly, you must divide the pixel count of the width and height by 300. This would show the image will only print clearly if the image is 1” wide and 0.66” high. Stretching this image to a larger size on the page will result in the image being blurry and pixelated. The larger the image is stretched, the lower the quality or resolution will be.
The most common resolution issues are found with large full page images. This is mainly because these images are often stretched to fit the entire yearbook page. Below is a list of common image sizes with the recommended (300 PPI) pixel counts.
3” x 3” - 900 x 900 pixels
4” x 6” - 1200 x 1800 pixels
5” x 7” - 1500 x 2100 pixels
8.5” x 11” (full page) - 2550 x 3300 pixels