The staff at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Ga., used several photo illustrations in their 2006 yearbook, as seen on page 19 in the Caught Our Eye feature. You can follow these steps to turn a photograph into an illustration:
Like all design elements, fonts should be used with purpose. And – let’s face it – the purpose of a yearbook is to tell the stories of the year. So the fonts chosen to “speak” shouldn’t draw attention to themselves but rather to the content on the page.
This effect can be done with many types of elements. The staff of the 2006 Epic of Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo., used it to help illustrate their theme, “Not So Obvious.” See more about this yearbook in the Caught Our Eye feature in this issue.
As part of the theme graphics for the 2007 Legend yearbook at Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., editor-in-chief Sarah Ballard created what she called a “mess.” These brush strokes are actually easily created in Adobe Illustrator, and go with the freestyle look of the Legend theme, “Established.”
Adobe released its first version of InDesign in 1999. Since then, hundreds of Walsworth customers have jumped in and started using this relatively young software program to create their yearbooks. As InDesign matured, so has Walsworth’s support. And our numerous plug-ins, training materials and informational pieces have helped our customers make the switch as easy as possible.
Ask virtually any advisers who have switched to Adobe InDesign, and they will say if you have not, and you can, do it.
How do you make the latest, greatest page design software even better? Just ask the designers of Adobe InDesign 2.0. The long-awaited upgrade includes features the yearbook world can really get excited about.