How to Create A Yearbook Page Layout on Photoshop:

  1. File–>New–>Blank File–>Photo
  2. Create new layers for typing, photo paste to which sizes have to be reduced to fit the layout and create/colorize background purposes only.
  3. To copy and paste a photo, use the Rectangular Marquees Tool.
  4. If you don’t want your photo overshadowing the background, you can lighten it through clicking on the layer to which you pasted that specific photo and decrease the opacity percentage.

Yearbook Advice: Division Page Story

If you are a new student working on a high school yearbook staff and need help writing a story for your graduating class, there is one example which will be listed down below. What is a division page, you ask? It’s a page where you tell stories about your graduating class and what you all have together accomplished as the years go by. In other words, if you are a sophomore, you can write a story about the class of 2022’s experience starting off as underdogs of the school and how you all came together to avoid the “terrifying upperclassmen” stereotypes.

Usually, the division page stories are one long paragraph which covers activities, pep rallies, pranks, etc.

Example 1: “Freshman year went by in the blink of an eye. Here we were, greeting each other in the cafeteria at orientation and now we have one year of high school experience completed under our belts. From the time we walked through those front doors and waving our parents goodbye, it was symbolic enough to say our future will be held in the hands of our present and future teachers. As we proudly chant with our class at the pep rallies and partake in extracurricular activities, we must take pride in our hard work and avoid the high school stereotypes at all cost. To the class of 2022, we must raise a toast to one another for surviving our freshman year and here’s to many more memories we will make as each school year flies by without blinking an eye.”

If you are still struggling and need another division story idea, please do not hesitate to comment down below.

Yearbook Advice: Interviewing

If you are an introvert and new to the yearbook staff, here are pieces of advice I can give you regarding interviewing students at your school:

1.) Do not be afraid to knock on the door and ask the teacher if you can interview a certain student. Sometimes, a teacher will get angry at you for interrupting their class, but do not take it personally and maintain a confident, polite posture.

2.) When you interview the student, ask one to three questions about the topic you are covering for a certain page in the yearbook. Look directly at them in the eyes and jot down  your questions and their answers.

3.) Before you send them back to the classroom, ask if you can clarify their answers because it is essential as the interviewer to make sure you do not misinterpret what they have said.

If you have any questions regarding interviews and such, please feel free to post a comment on here and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yearbook Staff Guidelines:

Being on the yearbook staff is fun, but the workload can be an overload. In other words, you have to plan ahead of time and meet deadlines, constantly. There are more than one assignments you will be given throughout the year and they only relate to the sections you work on. For example, if you volunteered to cover sports, your editor-in-chief will ask you to attend certain games on campus to take pictures or interview one of the players. A list of the players’ names will be given to you and it’s your job to make sure you have the story written out and ready to turn in as soon as you finish correcting punctuation and grammatical errors. These tips and guidelines are set in stone for various reasons. It’s not only to make sure the staff, overall, have completed their sections which are in preparation for publishing at a yearbook company, but it’s the adviser’s responsibility to guide and lead the staff in a right and successful direction that will be both rewarding, hardworking and memorable.