Traditional Publishing Plan
Do you like scrap-booking and making photo albums? Do you prefer a hands-on experience? Our traditional layout plan is our most flexible, allowing you to do absolutely anything you want, as long as it fits on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper. Our flexibility is reflected in our “paste-up” sheets: no grids, no lines, just your creativity on display!
This plan includes a modest per-sheet fee for scanning your pages and creating the digital layout.
Prepare Your Pages
We want the yearbook creation process to be fun. We suggest publishing your yearbook with the traditional method described above if you are not comfortable on the computer or if you just love scrapbooking. Here are a few tips to ensure that you end up with a high-quality yearbook:
- Picture Quality
Make sure that the pictures you paste down are professionally printed. Home printers use a series of dots to print the images. These dots will compromise the photo once it is scanned onto a computer. Professional photo developers use what is called a continuous tone process that eliminates the dots.
- Pasting Process
When you paste your images onto your layout sheet, be careful to use only the glue that is absolutely necessary (we suggest using a glue stick). Keep in mind that what you see on the layout page is exactly how the final books will look when they are printed. This means any uneven corners in your images that you have cut down will be reproduced the same way.
- Page Edge and Bleeds
Do you want your image layout to go all the way to the end of the sheet? Remember, the final page will be only 8.5 x 11 inches. Any part of your image that goes outside of that area will not be seen in the final book. Our professional designers suggest that images that go to the edge of the page never include anyone’s face. They recommend that you use an image of a building or tree, where the entire building or tree isn’t important.
Read more about how to set-up bleeds
- Page Numbers
If you want page numbers, you’ll have to make that part of your layout. We do not automatically insert page numbers for you, so if you want them, be sure to include them. Also, it is important that you write down the page number in the correct location on your layout sheet so we can be sure to properly collate your books.
When you have your pages all ready to go, simply pack up the pages in a box or envelope and mail it into us. We’ll take it from there.
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