yearbook inspiration

Get The Shot: 10 Suggested Images To Capture At A Graduation Ceremony

The greatest moment of many high school seniors' year is the very end of it. Walking across a stage and getting that piece of paper that basically says, "Good Job! You don't have to come back here ever again!" Graduation ceremonies are an important part of every school year. Photographing the day so the story can accurately be told later is key. Even if you aren't charged with capturing the day for the yearbook, photographing the day with a more photojournalistic approach will absolutely leave you with images worthy of sharing with the yearbook staff via Pictavo Community!

Here are our top 10 suggested photos to take at your school's graduation ceremony.

1. DETAILS - Grab a cap and gown and all the trimmings (tassel, stole, cords, etc.) along with a commencement program. Arrange them together and take photos from a few different angles making sure to get details like the date on the front of the program, class motto or school flower, if available. Got some students that decorate the top of their mortarboard? Get those detail shots now!

2. PREP - As graduates arrive and they help one another straighten their gowns, collars and tassels, get a few pictures! These un-posed real life shots tell so much more about those moments than any organized, traditional photo ever could. Getting a shot of best friends giddy with anticipation or holding back tears while they help each other prep will bring viewers into your day.

3. THE LINE UP - The grads are lined up and ready to go...see all those matching robes waiting in anticipation? Take some interesting angle shots. Getting low and grabbing a photo of the line of feet with graduation robes hanging above them is a great filler shot for a yearbook spread about commencement or baccalaureate.

4. SPEAKERS - Don't be afraid to go where you need to get the shots you want! Be respectful of the ceremony and spectators, but don't sacrifice shots of speakers and important moments of the ceremony! Position yourself so you can get shots of speakers' facial expressions as they read their message for the graduating class.

5. GRADS GRADUATING - Obviously it would be impossible to include every grad walking the stage in your yearbook spread, getting a few to include is important! If you're lacking coverage on a few seniors, this is your last chance! Capture them receiving their diploma and include them in the spread.

6. EMOTION - Commencement ceremonies can get long. Use the time to catch the grads that are caught up in the moment. Someone will see their grandparents and wave enthusiastically, someone may be moved to tears by a speaker. Watch for the emotions of the day and get the shot!

7. THE TOSS - The hat toss. It's a given. Everyone has seen them, everyone knows it's going to happen. But the time the moment is special is when it's YOU. Get the shot for these grads.

8. POST GRAD GLEE - The graduates will surely gather somewhere to take photos with one another along with their families. Get ready and shoot, shoot, shoot. Everywhere you turn will be happy grads hugging, laughing, posing and just enjoying this time. Snap away! People don't need to be posed or looking at your camera...it's often better if they aren't. Capturing true emotion rather than the frozen smile most people produce when in front of a camera is what makes the images you're capturing special.

9. DIPLOMAS - Let the grads pose with their diplomas, too. They worked hard to get here...get them to show them off! Personality while posing is welcome!

10. SAYONARA! - Snapping just a few images of grads walking away in their gowns, holding hats and diplomas will come in useful. Need a last page of your yearbook? Bingo. This is the only day you're going to be able to get this shot...take advantage!

Approaching graduation day with a photojournalistic approach is going to deliver images that are yearbook worthy!

Approaching graduation day with a photojournalistic approach is going to deliver images that are yearbook worthy!

Take these ideas with you to commencement and you'll successfully capture the day. Creatively capturing the event may be a little more work, but your yearbook will be that much better for it!

 

Yearbook Planning Calendar - December

Happy December! The holidays are just around the corner! Wrap up this months tasks before taking a week (or two?) off.

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Download the PDF here.

December's checklist was created using background B6155S and the fonts: LeHavre Sketch & Lady Renee.

Still struggling with theme ideas? Wondering how to make this year's book unique without breaking the mold entirely? Head on over and peruse the Pictavo Pinterest Boards for some inspiration. https://www.pinterest.com/Pictavo/

To Theme or Not To Theme

Fall is winding down, the holidays are just around the corner. The first steps of your yearbook project are, surely, already done. You've decided on the basic layout of your book, you've created a ladder detailing what falls where on your pages, and you've most likely decided on a theme.

We'd like to provide you with a little inspiration from a few schools that did a great job continuing their theme throughout their book.

This first school stuck with school colors through the entire book. A few key design elements (dream catchers, feathers, arrows) made appearances on nearly every page. We suspect these design elements were chosen due to their tie-in to their school mascot. These elements didn't take anything away from the layouts because they were incorporated in a way that didn't overwhelm the page. Other pieces were occasionally added for variety, but always following their school color palette. Custom endsheets and special treatments (matte laminate and embossing) on the cover were just the finishing touches this book needed.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

 

Next up, a school that was very theme-conscious, but also took some liberties when designing for a specific club or organization (as seen on the "fabric & fashion" spread). The use of a specific color palette, design elements (arrows, again...do we spot a trend?) kept the flow of the book smooth even with a rule-breaker spread thrown in here and there. Once again, custom endsheets and special treatments (spot UV coating and matte lamination) on the cover add high quality, classy finishing touches to this yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

We do realize there are schools that don't necessarily choose a theme for their entire book, rather, they enjoy designing pages based on the holiday or activity contained on the spread. For those schools, we offer some suggested Pictavo artwork that may not be categorized as "seasonal", but would work great when used in conjunction with the right clipart and fonts!

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Happy Yearbooking!

{and Happy Thanksgiving}

The Pictavo Team

DEVELOPING YEARBOOK THEME IDEAS

Developing your yearbook theme can be one of the most exciting parts of putting together your yearbook. So what better way to help you get started than to provide you with a huge list of yearbook theme ideas!? Use this extensive list of yearbook theme ideas to help get your creative juices flowing as you sit down with your team to determine what your theme will be this year. Then make sure to apply it to your book in the following ways:

PHRASES TO INSPIRE YEARBOOK THEME IDEAS

A PART APART

A SEASON OF CHANGE

AS ONE

A STEP ABOVE THE REST

A THOUSAND WORDS

AT LAST

A TOUCH OF CLASS

A TO Z

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

AS WE KNOW IT

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

ATYPICAL

A YEAR TO REMEMBER

BLINK

BRAND NEW

BREAKING THRU

BREATHE

BUILT TO LAST

CHECK IT OUT

CHOICES

COLOR ME…

COME LEARN WITH US

CONNECTED

CONTRAST

DIFFERENCES

DISTINCT IMPRESSIONS

DOT DOT DOT…

DREAMS REFLECT REALITY

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

EYE ON…

FORWARD

FORWARD MOTION

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

FROM HERE

FROM THE INSIDE

FROM THE OUTSIDE IN

FROM START TO FINISH

FROM THIS MOMENT ON

GOING IN STYLE

GOING PLACES

GOTTA HAVE IT

GREAT MOMENTS IN…

HOW DO YOU MEASURE

HOW IT’S DONE

INTO SOMETHING NEW

INSTANT REPLAY

INVISIBLE

IT ALL ADDS UP

IT ALL BEGINS WITH YOU

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING

IT’S A SMALL WORLD

IT’S ABOUT TIME

IT’S ALL IN YOUR MIND

IT’S A LOT LIKE NOTHING ELSE

IT’S ANYONE’S GUESS

IT’S COMPLICATED

IT’S OUR TIME

IT’S YOUR CHOICE

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

JUST HAD TO BE THERE

JUST SAYING

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

LIKE IT OR NOT

LIKE IT/LOVE IT

LISTEN UP

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LIVING PROOF

LIVING THE DREAM

LOOK AT THE BEST

LOOKING BACK

MEET IN THE MIDDLE

MIXED SIGNALS

MORE THAN

MOVING ON UP

MOVING ON OUT

NOT GONNA LIE

NOT JUST ANOTHER…

NOT ON THE ITINERARY

NOT WHAT YOU THINK

NOW AND THEN

ON THE OTHER HAND

OPEN YOUR WORLD

OR NOT

OUR TIME TO SHINE

OUT OF THE BOX

OUT T[HERE]

OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW

OVER IT

OWN IT

PIECES OF THE PUZZLE

PLUS AND MINUS

POINT BEING

POWERFUL

PULSE

REMEMBER THIS

REPLAY IT

REVOLUTION

RIGHT ON TARGET

RIPPIN’ BEYOND BELIEF

ROAD TO SUCCESS

SPARK

SNAPSHOTS

STANDING PROUD

STAND OUT

STATUS UPDATE

STILL THE ONE

STORIES MATTER HERE

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

SUM IT UP

SYNERGY

THINK ABOUT IT

THINK AGAIN

THINK FAST

THIS IS OUR TIME

THIS MUST BE

TOGETHER AS ONE

TOO COOL TO HANDLE

TOP SECRET

TOTAL IMPACT

TRACES

TRIED & TRUE

TURNING THE PAGE

UNPLUGGED

UNTIED

UNITED

UP DOWN ALL AROUND

VOICES

WHAT’S THE STORY

WHAT WE’RE MADE OF

WHEN EVERYTHING CLICKS

WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS

WHO KNEW?

WHY NOT?

WITHIN

WRITE YOUR STORY

YOU TELL ME

YOU WERE HERE

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW

YOURS

YOUR STORY

Y[OUR] STORY

 

A CUT ABOVE

A DAY IN THE LIFE

ADJUST ACCORDINGLY

A FLASH FROM THE PAST

ALL IN THE MIX

ALL OF THE ABOVE

A LOOK BACK

A LOT CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN…

AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN

AND THE STORY BEGINS

A NEW AWAKENING

A NEW POINT OF VIEW

ANY SECOND COULD BE THE SECOND

BEFORE NOW

BE HEARD

BE KNOWN

BETWEEN THE LINES

BITS AND PIECES

CANVAS

CAPTURE THE MAGIC

CATCH THE MOMENTS

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

CELEBRATE

CHECK US OUT

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

DEEP IN THE HEART OF….

DEFINED

DESTINED TO BE…

ELABORATE

EMERGE

EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING

FACE THE FACTS

FIND YOUR PLACE

FIRST CLASS

FLASHBACK

FLEX

FOCUS

FOR MEMBERS ONLY

FOREVER YOUNG

GET THE PICTURE

GIVE AND TAKE

GLIMPSE

GOING BEYOND

HAD TO BE THERE

HELLO GOODBYE 

IDENTITY

IF YOU ONLY KNEW

IMAGINE THAT

IMPRESSIONS

IN A BLINK

IN A FLASH

IN OTHER WORDS

IN OUR OWN WORDS

IN QUEST OF…

INTERTWINED

IN THE MAKING

INTRODUCING YOU

INSIDE OUT

IN THE KNOW

JOURNEY

JOURNEY THROUGH THE YEAR

JUST PASSING THROUGH

KEEPING IT REAL

LAYING IT ON THE LINE

LEARNING TO FLY

LEAVING OUR MARK

LET’S FACE IT

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

LIFE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LIGHT IT UP

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

MAKE IT COUNT

MAKE IT LAST

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

MAKE YOUR MARK

MAKING THE PIECES FIT

NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD

NEVER SAY NEVER

NEW BEGINNINGS

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER

NO FILTER

OLD SCHOOL IN A NEW LIGHT

ONE AND ONLY

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

ONE LAST LOOK

ONE TO ONE

ONLY THE FINEST

ON OUR OWN

ON THE EDGE

PARALLEL

PARDON OUR DUST

PHASE 2

PICTURE THIS

PIECE BY PIECE

REACH FOR THE STARS

REALITY

REALLY…

REBUILD

REFINED

REFLECTIONS

SAGA

SAY IT WITH STYLE

SEEING IS BELIEVING

SEIZE THE DAY

SETTLED IN

SHINE

SHOUT OUT

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

SIMPLY THE BEST

SO MUCH TO SAY

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

TAKE OUR WORD

THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

THE BEST OF TIMES

THEN AND NOW

THERE’S MORE TO IT

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

THE SPIRIT OF…

THE TIMES OF OUR LIVES

THE WAY WE SEE IT

UNBELIEVABLE

UNCOMMON THREAD

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

UNLEASHED

VESTED

WE HAD A PLAN

WE’LL SHOW YOU

WE’LL TELL YOU

WE STAND PROUD

WE’VE GOT IT ALL

WHAT GOES AROUND

WHAT MAKES US

WHAT’S NEXT

YEARBOOK CONFIDENTIAL

YEAR OF THE…

YEAH, THIS IS HAPPENING

YOU ARE HERE

YOU GOTTA

YOU HAD TO BE THERE

 

Flashback Friday: Inspiring Yearbook Page Design Ideas From The Past

When you follow basic design principles, the results are classic masterpieces that can be looked at for inspiration for years to come. Like these 2008 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Award-winning yearbook page spreads. Though font styles and color trends may change over time, contrast, proximity, repetition, alignment, balance, hierarchy, white space and interesting photo angles all remain core elements of basic design. These yearbook spreads provide great, timeless examples we hope inspire you as you work on coming up with your next yearbook page ideas!

Summer Yearbook Coverage

Five Tips To Covering Summer In Your Yearbook 

Just because you’re not IN school during the summer months, doesn’t mean there aren’t important things going on, begging to be captured and included in your yearbook. After all, isn’t the purpose of your YEARbook to tell the story of the entire year?

So how do you identify those stories and cover them? Check out these five great tips to follow as you enter into your summer months. Remember – sometimes the stories and happenings of the summer can be the most interesting! What happens in summer shouldn’t stay there—it should be captured in the yearbook!

1. Prepare in Advance 
Create a detailed plan with specific assignments for each staff member broken down by week. This helps make the tasks more manageable and easier to track progress. Your plan should include actionable items that each student can accomplish to contribute.

2. Make a Coverage List
Create a laundry list of coverage ideas (summer school, camps, jobs, vacations, volunteer activities, events, retreats, summer sports, fundraisers, etc.). Use social media to stay in the loop and find interesting stories to cover. 

3. Pair Up
Have a photographer and reporter pair up to cover an identified event together. Both can offer differing perspectives and help each other better capture the heart of the final story. Don't forget to use your "Press Badges" (or create some) to give your staffers credibility and make it easier for them to get interviews and photos. 

4. Don’t Forget School Staff
Teachers and other school staff use their summers to do all kinds of cool things. Some continue to teach or have other summer jobs while some travel, do research, take classes, vacation or spend time with their family. Be sure to include them when investigating potential story ideas and photo opportunities!

5. Be Ready for Back to School 
A lot happens in the final weeks before school starts and these activities provide great opportunities for coverage (sports tryouts, freshman orientation, classroom and school grounds preparation, club meetings, school board sessions, back to school shopping, etc.). 

2015 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Winners Announced at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention

Check out the 2015 winners of the National Scholastic Press Association's Yearbook Pacemaker award! The winners were announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver this past weekend and we got to be there! JEA (Journalism Education Association) and NSPA (National Student Press Association) are among the largest scholastic journalism organizations in the country. If your school isn't already a member, we would highly recommend you consider joining as they offer tremendous insight and resources to help you create an amazing yearbook. Congrats to all of this year's yearbook award winners and finalists!

 

"Since 1927, NSPA's Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism's highest honor. All NSPA yearbook and magazine members are eligible to compete in their respective national Pacemaker competitions. Yearbook/Magazine Pacemakers are judged based upon the following criteria: writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics." (source: Studentpress.org)

Extend Coverage And More With Yearbook Supplements

Often times spring school activities don't get the coverage they deserve in a yearbook. Adding a supplement to your yearbook, however, can be a great way to include the entire school year - like those spring sports, recitals, plays, dances, graduations and other important events that happen after your yearbook has been printed. They come with sturdy, easy-to-apply, peel-and-stick tape that can be easily attached to the back of your yearbook. Choose 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 or any multiple of four pages.

Yearbook supplements are also a great fundraising opportunity where you can sell space to teams, clubs and others!

Here are some other great ideas of ways you can use yearbook supplements! 

1. Print some pages of what will be in the yearbook and use it as a marketing piece to entice people to buy the book. 

2. Create a special senior supplement that highlights the activities they were involved in, scholarships and awards received and plans for after high school (college, military, work, etc.). and hand out at graduation.

3. Did a team or group win a championship, title or special award during the school year? Create a supplement that honors the members involved and captures the journey to success. 

4. New additions, re-models and any significant changes are important milestones to capture about your school. Yearbook supplements are a great way to commemorate school anniversaries or significant changes to the building and facilities.

5. Coupons are a great way to get patrons in the door of businesses. Create a supplement that offers businesses the opportunity to include a coupon with their ads that are meant to be cut out and used. This can help increase revenue for you and the business!

Have any other yearbook supplement ideas or examples you'd like to share? We'd love to hear!

~ Your Idea Garden Team

WE REMEMBER - Memorial Day Inspiration

Memorial day is a time to commemorate all of the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. To show our appreciation, we have gathered some of our favorite patriotic backgrounds and clip art for your inspiration. 

Americana Collection - B1034S (background)

Americana Collection - B1034S (background)

Americana Collection - B1035S (background)

Americana Collection - B1035S (background)

Americana Collection - B1036S (background)

Americana Collection - B1036S (background)

Americana Collection - B1039S (background)

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Americana Collection - B1041S (background)

Americana Collection - B1041S (background)

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Americana Collection - B1042S (background)

Americana Collection - B4817S (background)

Americana Collection - B4817S (background)

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Americana Collection - B4820S (background)

Americana Collection - B4820S (background)

Americana Collection - B4819S (background)

Americana Collection - B4819S (background)

Americana Collection - C1626N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1626N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1628N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1628N (clip art)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1048S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1048S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2614S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2614S (background)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2625S (background)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2625S (background)

Camp Collection - C1945N (clip art)

Camp Collection - C1945N (clip art)

Classified Collection - B1414S (background)

Classified Collection - B1414S (background)

Classified Collection - B1417S (background)

Classified Collection - B1417S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1190S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1190S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4937S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4937S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4936S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4936S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1263S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1263S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1256S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1256S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2955S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2955S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2946S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2946S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1269S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1269S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4977S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4977S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4984S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4984S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4994S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4994S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1273S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1273S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1291S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1291S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1292S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1292S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2303N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2303N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1389S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1389S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2301N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2301N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1384S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1384S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2295N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2295N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1387S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1387S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2299N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2299N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1340S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1340S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1393S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1393S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2293N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2293N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1391S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1391S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2302N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2302N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1332S (background)

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Patriotic Collection - B1336S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1336S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1338S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1338S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3677S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3677S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1452S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1452S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2647S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2647S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1501S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1501S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2675S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2675S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2676S (background)

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Americana Collection - B1045S (background)

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Americana Collection - B1043S (background)

Americana Collection - B1044S (background)

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Americana Collection - B4821S (background)

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Americana Collection - B4822S (background)

Americana Collection - B4822S (background)

Americana Collection - C1627N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1627N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C4022N  (clip art)

Americana Collection - C4022N  (clip art)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1049S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1049S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2611S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2611S (background)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2624S (background)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2624S (background)

Doodles Collection - C2592N (clip art)

Doodles Collection - C2592N (clip art)

Classified Collection - B1430S (background)

Classified Collection - B1430S (background)

Classified Collection - B1433S (background)

Classified Collection - B1433S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1189S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1189S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4940S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4940S (background)

Geometric Collection - B3525S (background)

Geometric Collection - B3525S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1265S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1265S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1259S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1259S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2960S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2960S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2951S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2951S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1267S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1267S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4983S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4983S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4990S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4990S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4997S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4997S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1275S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1275S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1299S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1299S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1300S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1300S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2304N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2304N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1386S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1386S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2296N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2296N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1385S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1385S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2297N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2297N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1388S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1388S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2298N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2298N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1339S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1339S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2294N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2294N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1392S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1392S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2288N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2288N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1334S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1334S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2290N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2290N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1390S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1390S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2287N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2287N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1337S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1337S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1330S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1330S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3676S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3676S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1454S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1454S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2650S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2650S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1498S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1498S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2677S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2677S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2678S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2678S (background)

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Yearbooking!

~ The Idea Garden Team

Cover to Cover - Yearbook Cover Ideas With Custom Treatments

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

No matter what you’re told – people still judge a book by its cover. And the cover of your yearbook is no exception. Yearbook covers are arguably one of the most important aspects of the book and take careful planning, creativity and consideration. You want your yearbook cover to show your school’s individuality, uniqueness and personality but also tie into the overall theme of the book that year.

Specialty Treatment Options for your Yearbook Cover
Which is why this post excites us so much! Did you know that there are a variety of specialty treatment options you can apply to your yearbook cover to give it a truly customized look?? And we mean truly unique. You can mix and match and combine these options with virtually endless possibilities. From emphasizing certain elements to adding texture, cutouts and 3D effects, it’s soooo easy to take your already awesomely designed yearbook cover to another level to make it even MORE awesome. We have so much fun looking through the custom covers that come in with really creative specialty treatments that we had to share some of them with you.

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing

We’ve also provided you below with some quick explanations of the most common/popular specialty treatment options for yearbook covers to help give you a frame of reference when you start brainstorming.

We hope this helps kick start some stellar custom cover ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Different cover finishes include:
Gloss Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a nice shiny finish
Gloss Lamination – Linen: this gives you a nice shiny finish with a hint of linen texture
Matte Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish
Matt Lamination – Linen: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish with a hint of linen texture

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette
Leatherette covers are made of synthetic materials made to look like leather, but are much more durable. Typically, leatherette yearbooks use foil stamping, embossing and/or debossing to accentuate the school name and cover design. Leatherette covers are a great option when you not only want your cover to look unique, but feel unique too.

Embossing
Embossing is a technique that creates a raised, or 3D image using a combination of heat and pressure. Embossing can also be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create an even more unique look.

 

 

Debossing
Debossing uses the same technique as embossing, except the impression is heat-pressed into the surface so that an image is depressed (lowered) instead of raised. As with embossing, debossing can be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create special visual effects and textures.

Foil Stamping
Foil stamping involves the use of heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. As with embossing and debossing, a die is needed to “stamp” the foil into the cover material. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing or debossing to create a very striking 3D image.

Gloss Lamination Cover with Lenticular Treatment

Gloss Lamination Cover with Lenticular Treatment

Lenticular
Lenticular printing is used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. You can create various frames of animation for a motion effect, show a set of alternate images or make an image appear 3D for a truly interactive experience.

Die-Cutting
A die is a specialized tool that cuts specific shapes into your yearbook cover. Die-cutting allows you to cut out specific areas or shapes to allow text or part of an image to show through from the inside.

Spot UV Treatment
Spot UV is a great treatment to use if there are specific areas (or spots) on your cover that you want to highlight. The application can deepen the color of the area and be very shiny or flattened to a matte finish. It’s a great way to add eye-catching emphasis to important areas.


Examples of Custom Yearbook Covers with Specialty Treatments

Lenticular Cover with 3D appearance

Lenticular Cover with 3D appearance

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Gloss Lamination Cover with claw mark Die-Cut                  

Gloss Lamination Cover with claw mark Die-Cut                  

Gold Cloth Cover with Foil Stamping

Gold Cloth Cover with Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment  

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment
 

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover

Matte Lamination Cover

Lenticular Cover with animation effect

Lenticular Cover with animation effect

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Foil Stamping  

Matte Lamination Cover with Foil Stamping
 

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping Personalization

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping Personalization

What specialty treatments have you used for your custom yearbook covers? We’d love to see them and hear about them!