The Design it Yourself Process « Rockstar Memoirs

The Design it Yourself Process

Congratulations on helping lead a yearbook project for 2024! The Rockstar Team look forward to working closely with you on a successful project – please call us on 1300 782 901 for support queries.

Process Guidance for creating your yearbook in 5 Stages:

Stage 1

Select an App – Set up Document

Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Pages for Mac are popular applications for designing a printed yearbook.

The yearbook document must be properly configured for print, otherwise images may print pixellated.

Input A4 Preset Settings

These preset instructions are universal across all versions of InDesign, with screenshots below for Adobe InDesign 2020.

  1. File, Open, New Document…
  2. General menu list – see screenshot for key details:
  3. Print, A4
  4. Set Documents Units: Millimeters (mm)
  5. Enter Number of Pages: e.g. 100
  6. Enter Start Page #: e.g. 1
  7. Margins and Bleeds menu list – see screenshot for key detailsCrop Marks – checked
    1. Everything else – unchecked
    2. Bleed  – Ensure 3mm on all sides
  8. press Create

 

Input A4 Preset Settings

These preset instructions are universal across all versions of Photoshop, with screenshots below for Adobe Photoshop 2020.

  1. File, Open, New Document…
  2. General menu list – see screenshot for key details:
  3. Print, A4
  4. Set Documents Units: Millimeters (mm)
  5. Enter Resolution: 300dpi
  6. Set Color Mode: CMYK Color, 8 bit
  7. Image, Canvas Size…
  8. Canvas Size menu list – see screenshot for key details:
    Add 6mm Bleed to Width and Height (this adds 3mm to Top, Bottom, Inside and Outside)

 

In the case your page background colour is not white, please fill the page with the Colour now.

 

Stage 2

Design and Layout your Yearbook

Draft a Table of Contents to plan and break-down your project into smaller chunks.

To speed up the design process, we suggest dropping / inserting all text and photos into your document first, before taking the time to finesse each page.

Page Numbers, Headers and Footers and offer yearbook readers a sense of cohesiveness.

Adobe InDesign Tips

Move all image files first into a Yearbook subfolder first, before placing them into your document. (InDesign links images to the yearbook file, it does not embed them).

Master Pages are best for automatic page numbers, headers and footers.

Paragraph Styles and Character Styles for text, helps you maintain consistency with your typography.

Stage 3

Check in with Rockstar

Share a Work in Progress PDF version of your yearbook with your Rockstar Project Consultant.

We’d love to see how it’s all coming along!

Stage 4

Export high resolution PDFs for Print

Congratulations – the yearbook design is complete!

Export a specific high-resolution PDF for printing. For yearbook photos to appear sharp and non-pixellated, specific PDF export settings must be followed:

Preflight your Document

Preflight is InDesign’s way of letting you know that all files are present, valid, and correctly formatted.

  • Ensure there is a green dot, in the Preflight Panel- located bottom left
  • If there is a red dot, open the Preflight Panel, and fix all Issues

 

Export Your Document

These export instructions are universal across all versions of InDesign, with screenshots below for Adobe InDesign 2019.

  1. File, Export …
  2. Save As:  Your School – Yearbook Pages.pdf  – press Save
  3. Format: Adobe PDF (Print)
  4. General menu list – see screenshot for key details:
    1. Adobe PDF Preset: [PDF/X-1a:2001]
    2. Compatibility: Acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5)
    3. Export As: Pages
  5. Marks and Bleeds menu list – see screenshot for key details
    1. Crop Marks – checked
    2. Everything else – unchecked
    3. Bleed and Slug – Ensure 3mm on all sides
  6. press Export

Export Your Document

These export instructions are universal across all versions of Photoshop, with screenshots below for Adobe Photoshop 2020.

  1. File, Print …
  2. Print menu list – see screenshot for key details

    1. Printing Marks: Corner Crop Marks – checked
    2. Functions, Bleed…
    3. Enter 3mm Bleed
  3. Printer Setup, Print Settings…
  4. Print Settings menu list, Adobe PDF Page Size, Add…
  5. Add Custom Paper Size menu list – see screenshot for key details

    1. Paper Names: Type any name (e.g. “Photoshop Press Ready”)
    2. Paper Size: Ensure 12mm is added to both Width and Height
    3. Add/Modify
  6.  Ensure Adobe Page Size is set as the custom paper name (e.g. “Photoshop Press Ready”)
  7. press Ok, press Print

 

 

 

 

Stage 5

Complete Order Form

Confirm your project’s final specifications, and authorise Rockstar to proceed printing and production.

Fill out my online form.

Yearbooks arrive at school!

Time to get excited! Your yearbooks will be dispatched by courier, and arrive at school.

Please let your Rockstar Consultant know your thoughts, and of any issues or queries within 5 working days.

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