March 12, 2013 / Coverage / Fab Factor / Yearbook 3D

Bring your yearbook to life with Yearbook 3D

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Imagine being able to pick up your school’s yearbook with the mascot on the cover, scan it with an app on your smartphone or tablet and watch that mascot jump to life in an animation.

Or think about that great image of the homecoming football game, scan it with that same mobile app and watch the players spring into action as video highlights of the game start to play on your device.

Does it seem far-fetched and far off? It is not. It’s technology called augmented reality, and it’s available right now in your yearbook thanks to Walsworth’s exclusive new Yearbook 3D mobile app.

As the first augmented reality technology available specifically for yearbooks, Yearbook 3D brings a whole new interactive experience to your yearbook cover and pages. Now, videos and 3D animations can become part of your yearbook content when they are scanned using the Yearbook 3D app on a smartphone or tablet.

Think about how much more relevant you can make your yearbook to more students with this kind of experience! There is simply nothing else like it in yearbooks.

Let’s take a look at how the Yearbook 3D app works:

  • Visit the App Store or Google Play and download the Yearbook 3D app.
  • Open the app on your phone or tablet and launch the viewfinder.
  • Now you’re ready to scan some images! Point the viewfinder and hold over the examples here.

Want to see some examples of how schools are using Yearbook 3D on their cover? We compiled a Yearbook 3D Best of 2015 video to show off some of the most creative animations we helped yearbook staffs create for their 2015 books. You can see it by clicking the Best of 2015 logo below.

Yearbook 3D Best of 2015

This Walsworth Impression System Cover appears to show a simple, static tiger mascot, right? But with Yearbook 3D, there’s more to him. Scan it now!

Yearbook 3D Tiger cover

Point and hold on this Possibilities book cover. The already beautiful cover pops off the page even more!

Possibilities cover2

See a photo about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge come to life by using the Yearbook 3D app along with Year in Review, ceBuzz or Retrospective, Walsworth’s annual current events supplements.

Yearbook 3D Ice Bucket challenge

Quite simply, the effects that Yearbook 3D can bring to your yearbook are breath taking and have endless possibilities! It’s time you start exploring them and bring your yearbook to life.

  • So, does Walsworth have any 3D templates?

    • Evan Blackwell

      Mike –

      We do not have 3D templates. However, Walsworth has standard yearbook 3D artwork that you can use on your cover when you contact your Walsworth sales rep and sign up for Yearbook 3D.

      If you want us to create a custom animation for your school, our cover designers will provide us with your cover art and we will get input from you to create the 3D animation you want.

      If you want to create your own custom animation, here is a link to resources you can reference –



  • Lisa

    How would we create, let’s say, a volleyball highlight video and input it into our yearbook so we could create the 3D effect?

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for and, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.