Yearbook Cover Design

When it comes to yearbooks, people WILL judge your book by its cover. We’ve compiled some important tips to help you create the best yearbook cover design possible for your project.

1. Be aware of the wrap zone and crop zone. This will help you avoid unwanted whitespace.


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2. Keep important elements such as text and faces at least .25” away from the wrap or crop zones.

Yearbook Cover Design - Hardcover

Yearbook Cover Design - Softcover

3. If you have placed artwork on your cover and want it to be centered or in an exact spot, be aware that adding or deleting pages can cause cover elements to shift. Go back into your cover template and make sure all of your cover elements are positioned the way you intended. To center an object, drag it until you see the center guides appear.



Important note: Text boxes will be centered to the textbox the type is contained in and not the actual type itself. To ensure accuracy, size your box as close to the size of the type as possible and select the centered type option in the type character menu.

4. Don’t forget the back! The backside of your cover is valuable design real estate. Use it to display photos, your mascot, a school seal — get creative!


Note: If you have opted to allow students/parents to personalize pages and their back cover, your back cover design will not appear on personalized books.

5. Picaboo Yearbooks offers a number of predesigned cover options available for your use. To access these elements, check the Picaboo[Pro] filter in the Backgrounds tab.

Yearbook Cover Design - Professional Designs

These covers and backgrounds that can be used alone or in conjunction with text, photos and stickers.

6. When in doubt, ask your Account Manager to Yearbook Support Specialist to take a look.

Designing your cover in an outside program like InDesign or Photoshop? Click here for specs and template downloads.

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