Smooth Operator

Last week we asked you to tell us what you are looking for in a yearbook cover selection and we received some great responses. This week, we want to know what you want in a yearbook creation tool! Do you like your software to be extremely simple and basic or more complex for very personalized results? Answer in the comments section below!

Let’s break down the options

Obviously, everyone wants a little magic in a yearbook design program. It would be great to have templates that are one hundred percent modifiable AND contain all the shortcuts you’d expect from photoshop with the ease of use that comes with Microsoft Paint. If you know of a program that works like that, PLEASE let us know about it below. The reality is, though, yearbook creation tools tend to fall on a scale between template-based and blank slate creation from scratch with a few combination programs that fall in between. Generally speaking, the build-it-yourself programs have a bit of a learning curve but really pay off once you’ve learned to use it. The template-based programs tend to be easier to use, but with fewer options to customize.

Different kinds of people, different kinds of software

If using technology isn’t something you do everyday and you don’t have the time to devote to learning new software, a simple drag-and-drop software option might be what you’d prefer. If you consider yourself computer savvy or you’d be willing to ride out a few tutorials in order to have a lot of control over your yearbook design, you’d be a better candidate for a build-it-yourself program. There are other options, as well. You could design your entire book on Photoshop and then send in the files, or you could decide you’d rather have someone within your yearbook company design your whole book for you. I broke your options down into an easy to read graph.

yearbook-programs

So where do you lie on this scale? What do you currently use? What do you like and dislike about what you currently use? What are your hopes and dreams? Maybe don’t go that far…. but definitely share your yearbook creation tool experiences. Tell us in the comments section below.


6 thoughts on “Smooth Operator

  1. I am older and not as computer literate as most. I like the format to stay basic and simple. Some customizing might be good, but basically I’m just not comfortable enough to go straight into something new. It has taken me long enough to feel comfortable with what we have. Our school actually got a new photographer for next year who does yearbooks also. They ask me if I’d consider changing companies. I said that I wouldn’t because I’ve just become comfortable with what you have. If too many changes occur, and the photographer keeps inquiring, I may have to see what he offers. Guess I’m just an old dog that doesn’t really like new tricks.

  2. I’d love more and brighter background options. There’s a lot that can be done against vivid backgrounds.

  3. I currently use the Yearbook Wizard program. I have created digital scrapbooks before and so am missing the versatility that Photoshop has. On the plus side, though, I would spend *way* more time on the yearbook if I were doing it in Photoshop so this is a happy medium. For now. It would be awesome to be able to create some (not all) pages from scratch and just upload them to the Yearbook Wizard program as a background or something.

  4. The previous comment mentioned possibly using photoshop and uploading as a background. That is exactly what I do. It is so nice to class pages available through wizard but to have full control over the candid pages on my own.

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