Design, Color, & Balancing Elements Yearbook Tips

Design, Color, & Balancing Elements Yearbook Tips

Nov 5th 2018

One of the most daunting parts of creating a yearbook is designing the overall look and how all the photos and text lays out on the pages. But we're here to help you along the way! Take a look at these simple design, color, and balancing elements tips. 


"Does it look good?" - Using this is an easy, great way to test if you like your design. Look at what's popular. Do a quick internet search and see what is being used and emulate that. 

Text hard to read? - Try changing the text color. Or changing the background to a brighter or darker tint. If that still doesn't work, add a box behind it. 

Keep your ducks ina row. - Be sure to use your grid on the bottom of the screen to make sure elements arein line with each other. 

Use your fonts sparingly. - Anything more than three may be confusing or hard to read. 


Monochromatic - This style uses one color with other shades of that same color. 

Analogous - Tihs uses one color and its surrounding colors on the color wheel. 

Complementary - Using colors that are across from each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange. Using complementary colors create contrast. 

Balance of Elements

Keep spacing of elements consistant. - Make sure all your gaps between textboxes and photos next to each other are equal. 

Give your elements room. - The grid tool is great for making sure elements have their space.

Try to balance things out on a page. - Ask if each picture or text box was a weight, would the page tip over on one side? 

Keep your content in the safe lines to give yourself a margin. Anything outside the bleed line will be cut off. The bleed lin exists because printers can't print to the edge of a page. 

If you have more design or yearbook questions, don't hesitate to contact us and a Blossom Design Specialist or Account Manager can assist you.