In Fusion, completing your yearbook project is pretty straight forward. However, to avoid any bad surprises on your printed yearbooks, we recommend you follow theses steps:
In this article:
- Preview your book
- Add page numbers
- Add a footer
- Generate a PDF proof
- Tips for proofing your yearbook
Preview your book
01. Switch to Preview mode
On your Create page, click on the Preview slider button to start previewing your yearbook.
02. Flip through the preview
Flip through your pages for a first check on the screen. You can preview each page individually by clicking on it. We highly recommend using the Danger Zone when reviewing your book. It will help you locate the content that is too close to the edges and you'll be able to fix it before sending the book to print.
Add page numbers
01. Switch to Preview mode
02. Turn on Page Numbers
Scroll down to the bottom portion of the page and look for the Page Numbers option. Click on On to add page numbers.
03. Format your page numbers
04. Check your preview again to see how it looks like
If you wish to remove the page numbers, go back to the page number management tab and simply click on Off.
Add a footer
01. Switch to Preview mode
02. Activate the Footer text
Scroll down to the bottom portion of the page and look for the Footer option found below the Page Numbers option. Click on On to add footer.
03. Set Footer text and colour
To set colour, simply drag the color picker or type in the color code if you know it.
04. Check Preview
To see how your footer looks like, scroll a little up to the book preview. By default, the footer appears next to the page number. Kindly check if your footer is readable especially if it's on a colored or picture background.
If you wish to remove the footers, simply go back to the footer management tab and click on Off.
Generate a PDF proof
Once you've done all the previous steps, you are ready to generate a low resolution PDF proof of your yearbook. You can do this under the Download a proof to review your book which can be found beside the page number and footer settings.
Click on Create Low-Resolution PDFs first to generate the PDF proof. Once export is completed click on Download Pages and then on Download Cover to access your PDF proof. The PDF will open in a new browser tab or window.
On the opened PDF, you can also save or print it by pressing Control and S or Control and P.
If you feel that there are some things that need to be edited, feel free to go back to and edit by clicking on the Edit slider button. Repeat the proof generation process as needed.
Once you're ready, click on Order Now to proceed to the next step.
TIP: It’s always better to share and review this document with a number of people on your team.
Tips for proofing your yearbook
Proofing your yearbook is extremely important for the end-result and it's under your responsibility. You and your Yearbook Team should read through your content thoroughly looking for any mistakes including spelling and layout errors as we are not responsible in fixing those.
Ensure all images are where you want them to be, that all your page design is inside the Danger Zone, and text is in the correct place and not hidden. Remember to make any other last minute changes that could impact your yearbook.
01. Look for overlapping elements
Look for overlapping elements and ensure your layering is correct. Look for visual elements that are overlapping text or faces in photos.
02. Fix any text with low contrast
It will be almost impossible to read your text if the contrast between it and the background is too low. To correct this, adjust the colour of the text and/or the background. You can also change the opacity of the text block background to make the text stand out from the page background.
03. Use the Danger Zone
To ensure your content doesn't get cut off the edge of the page, keep your images and text away from the Danger Zone and within the visually safe area. You can toggle the view to see if your content is within this area in the Fusion Yearbook Builder. Moving your content inward will also give your page a bit of air around the composition which will make your page design look balanced.
04. Fix text overlapping background
When text is overlapping border illustrations or the edges of your page background, the readability of the content is compromised. Position the text where it can be read on a consistent background.
05. Fix spelling and grammar errors
You'd be surprised how much goes under the radar with spelling, syntax and grammar errors in your yearbook. While misspelt words may be easy to spot, read through your copy to ensure there are no duplicate words and always ensure all names are correct.
06. Fix portraits cropped badly
Crop portraits at the subject's shoulders and make sure the top of the head and the bottom of the chin is displaying in the photo crop area. It's best to zoom out from the subject a little to capture space around the head - just don't zoom too far away or too close.
07. Avoid clutter
If it looks like there's just too much on your page, cut down on the content and visual elements that are making your page look cluttered. Otherwise spread your content across more pages for clarity.
Also check carefully to ensure:
- If your photographs appear too dark or too light, adjust the images using an image processing program like the Canva Photo Editor or apply a nice filter on it.
- Check your typed piece is intact from start to finish.
- Check the alignments of your photo montages - do the edges line up?
- Print your profile set out: are your profiles too small? If so, redesign your pages to have less profiles per page. The same applies to class group photographs.
- Look for ‘orphans’ or ‘widows’ - these are single words that drop off the end of a paragraph. Try and shorten your content to fit the standalone word in the previous line, or edit a few words out.
- Is there any questionable content? Ask yourself if you want this content to represent you in 20 years time. If it might be content that will make you cringe with embarrassment, or something you might regret, it’s best to omit this from your profile set. There are many other ways that you can express yourself now that aren’t forever committed to ink.
Remember that your yearbook is a reflection of the institute it is published by. Any positive or negative associations published in your yearbook will always be connected to your institute. It’s always best to get a Principal, Advisor or Head of Department inspect your book once it’s complete.