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Yearbook Photo Tips: Emphasize Faces!

One of the trickiest issues with creating a stunning yearbook is making sure the faces are bright and can be seen. This tutorial includes yearbook photo tips to brighten your photos as well as resize, crop and position your photos.

 
We have created a few screencasts to show you how to improve your images. Click here to learn how to lighten and brighten your photos. Click here to learn how to zoom and crop.
 

Dark Images

One of the truisms about digital photography is that — in most cases — photos look brighter on the screen than in print. This means that your image may appear just fine on the computer monitor, but it might look a little darker when printed.

Using the Photo Editor palette in our web application, you can make adjustments to improve the overall look of your photos.

Photo Adjustment Palette

Here’s an example of a photo after it has been placed onto your layout:

While the overall exposure of this photo is adequate, the faces of the two girls are a bit dark. Using the Brightness and Contrast sliders in the Photo Editor palette, we can improve this.

In this case, the background is a little washed out, but we can fix that in a minute by zooming it.

Crop and Position

While context is important, the location is not important in our example photo. Cropping and resizing this photo will greatly improve composition as well as provide better emphasis on the subject.

Photo Tips: Emphasize Faces!

We can still see that this is a lively school environment, but we can also see the two girls much better.

PRO TIP: To reduce the amount of yellows in the background or the red tones that sometimes appear on faces, try decreasing the saturation in the Photo Editor palette.

A Closer Look

Here is a before and after look at two different versions of the same layout. Notice that we have brightened many of the photos, and we have adjusted them, so we can better see the kids.  In so doing, we even had an opportunity to add one more photo!

Before:

After:

Using these simple tricks will really make a difference in the overall appearance of your final book!

 

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