December 2nd, 2013
Thanks to photo editing software like Adobe’s Photoshop, creating the perfect photograph requires only a few clicks and a basic understanding of the program. From cropping and adjusting backgrounds to altering the brightness and contrast, it’s all a breeze thanks to modern technology.
Even with the advanced digital cameras of today, simply setting the flash and lighting features to Automatic and snapping away can result in photos that might just be too light or too dark for your taste. Well, as one of your leading yearbook companies here in New Jersey, we here at Entourage Yearbooks have got a few tips and tricks that can help balance out your photographs before you put them into the pages of your schools’ publication.
There are a number of different methods you can use in Adobe Photoshop to lighten and darken a photo, but we’re going to go over two of the most basic. For both of these methods, you’re going to need to create a duplicate layer beforehand that will be Step 1.
Method 1: Shadow/Highlight
Using the Shadow/Highlight feature of Adobe Photoshop will allow you to change the darkness of the shadows that accent certain features of your photograph. This can sometimes be all you need to really make your image stand out without changing the contrast of the entire picture.
To start, click on Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight; you’ll see that the default setting will be at 50%. From here, adjusting the brightness of your photograph’s shadows is as easy as sliding the marker either left or right to increase or decrease the shadows, and you can also use the Highlights slider to adjust the areas of your photo that are too bright.
Method 2: Brightness/Contrast
The most basic of the two methods is simply adjusting the entire photograph’s lightness or darkness by using the Brightness/Contrast tool in Photoshop. Begin by clicking Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contracts, and then you can fiddle around with the slider similar to the Shadow/Highlight feature until you have achieved the desired brightness or darkness levels for your picture.
While our online software allows our shoppers to customize and tweak their photographs and yearbook layouts, being able to use editing software like Photoshop can allow you to really make a yearbook that you can be proud of once they become available to the student body. If you would like to learn more about what we have to offer as a yearbook company, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-926-6571.
July 2nd, 2010
Many times customers of Entourage Yearbooks think that the company did such a great job with publishing their yearbook that they want more. When a yearbook publishing company does such a good job that people who originally didn’t care about the books start asking if they can order, it’s a good idea to have extra books on hand.
At the end of the year, schools often find themselves with spare yearbooks. Although it’s always better to have too many than too little, no yearbook committee wants to feel as though their budget was not utilized properly. Spare yearbooks can come in handy when schools least expect it, and they can also be worth a little bit of money.
A few extra yearbooks should always be reserved for the school library. This gives students access to the legacy left behind by previous alumni. Although a class reunion is still quite a few years off, rest assured there will be plenty of attendees who will get a kick out of seeing their old school yearbook, and if it is in good condition, a few sales will surely result. Schools with extra yearbooks may also want to take the opportunity to donate them to students who may not have been able to afford one in the first place.
Placing school yearbooks on eBay may sound impractical, but plenty of people who never had the chance to purchase one are likely to scan sites like eBay for the opportunity to get their hands on one.
And of course, there is always the opportunity to enter the yearbook publishing contest held annually by Entourage Yearbooks. The contest highlights the student artists and yearbook committees who help design their school’s yearbook and gives them the recognition they deserve.
June 23rd, 2010
Top yearbook publishing company, Entourage Yearbooks, offers advice on how to avoid common yearbook printing mistakes.
1. Missed delivery dates: Avoid missing out on the most important book of the year by scheduling delivery dates and planned deadlines at the beginning of the project. Adhering to deadlines will teach students important time management skills and ensure an on-time arrival of yearbooks.
2. Plan for the worst : In the event that the yearbook project may encounter extra fees, schools should allocate a backup fund. Setting aside a small portion of money from fundraisers will help students budget more conservatively as well as ensure that there is extra money should additional fees come into play.
3. Multiple checks in place: Schools should use multiple resources to proofread and spot mistakes in yearbooks. If one person missed it the first time, there’s a good chance that they will miss it again. Ask many people to get involved in order to help thoroughly review all spelling and grammar. We actually had a school submit a book to us with the word ‘school’ misspelled on the front cover!
4. Understanding budgets & costs: Underestimating costs can really hurt a project. It’s better to overshoot prices and understand that these figures can fluctuate based on the specifics of a project. Invest wisely in your yearbook— if you are able to create a memorable and snazzy book it can be a great fundraiser tool since more people will want to buy it or make an investment in it the following year.
5. Picking the right company with comprehensive tools, templates & yearbook software: The digital age is here, and has been for a while. Choosing a company that offers rapid turn-around times, comprehensive customer support and the latest in digital technology can save time, costs and aggravation. Don’t just shop around for prices, shop for support, technology and creativity.