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How to make a yearbook with Blurb

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Make a yearbook with our easy-to-use tools in five easy steps



Sure, making a yearbook is a small labor of love. But we also know that inviting a little online collaboration from other parents and teachers can really cut down on the work. So we’ve put together a simple guide on how to make a yearbook with a little help from your friends.

Step 1: Choose an editor-in-chief
Someone is going to have to assemble all the photos and stories. If you’re reading this, that person is probably you. If you’ve already made books with Blurb, you can use your personal account. Or, you can set up an account just for the yearbook. It’s up to you. We don’t recommend sharing your personal login credentials, however. Keep one person in control.

Step 2: Get your content together
Before you send out that email blast calling for photos (think class pictures, field trips, shots on the playground, pictures of clubs and sports teams), you should consider the best way to get it all together. Here are some options:

  • Collect photos by email. This is the easiest to set up, but since some email services block big attachments, you might spend a lot of time tracking down those images.
  • Add photos from Facebook. Our online yearbook layouts let you import photos your friends have shared with you on Facebook (If your school has a Facebook page, get yourself set up as an admin and you can pull in those photos too). But be aware that these photos will be of lower resolution than other photos.
  • Set up an online storage account. There are a lot of companies that offer online storage. We happen to like Dropbox, which has a free plan. Ask parents and teachers to share their photos in your Dropbox.
  • You can also use a service like Flickr or SmugMug. Have parents create accounts (or use the accounts they have) to share photos with you. Just be sure they set their permissions so that only certain people (like you!) can download their photos.



Step 3: Put it all together
OK, Editor in Chief, now that you have everything, get settled in, fire up our online yearbook layouts or Blurb BookSmart, and start placing your photos and adding captions. Or, if you’re experienced with design, get our plug-in for Adobe® InDesign® and build your yearbook with full creative control.

Step 4: Get edits
Before you send your book off to print, it’s a good idea to get another set of eyes on it. Here’s what you can do:

  • Upload your book (in BookSmart) or click “Preview” and then “Ready to Order” in Bookify.
  • Instead of ordering your book, select “My Book Projects” from the dropdown menu.
  • Select your yearbook.
  • Turn on the Preview, under the Preview settings by selecting “Show all the pages.”
  • Click “Send an invitation” from under the Share tab (we recommend leaving the book “private” so no one stumbles onto your work in progress).
  • Send invitations to others for review, then collect their feedback via email.
  • Go back in and make edits.

Step 5: Order your yearbook
Click order and you’re on your way! Congratulations, Editor in Chief, you’re now the new school hero.

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