Use Canva’s drag and drop editor and free templates to capture memories in an amazing yearbook.
No other book can create nostalgia and capture fond memories from your time in school the way a yearbook can. Frozen within its pages are the events, faces and words of an entire year, an entire story told in pictures and words that can be revisited years down the road.
Using Canva’s free templates and easy design tools, creating your yearbook is a simple matter of dragging and dropping your own photos, moving around design elements and customizing each page to perfection. Give Canva the heavy-lifting when it comes to designing your yearbook so you can get back out there and create more memories to add to its pages!
Use your Facebook or Google account to sign up for Canva. Already a user? Log in and search for the “Yearbook” design type to start designing from scratch or choose a template.
Waiting for inspiration to strike? Canva’s library of yearbook templates is sure to spark your creativity. Use the search tool to filter by color, theme or layout. Click on the template you like to make it yours.
Canva has millions of free, stock photos, images, illustrations, icons, stickers, shapes and other graphics. Drag and drop elements onto your page and rearrange them as you see fit. Use the photo effects feature to spruce up your images.
Upload your own photos, illustrations and images for a more personal twist. Mix and match elements from different templates. Choose your own color scheme, background and font style.
Happy with the result? Save your yearbook pages as JPGs, PNGs or print-ready PDFs. Share your design online with friends and family. Return to the editor any time to update your design.
Pictures are the most important part of any yearbook. Upload your own featured images by dragging and dropping them into your “Uploads” folder in Canva. Once uploaded, your images will be saved in that folder, ready to be used again. Use the Grids and Frames tool and experiment with composition through cropping and resizing. Each image can also be enhanced by applying one of Canva’s pre-set filters like Epic, Retro or Cali. Apply one filter across all your images to create consistency in your design.
Or go ahead and edit your image down to its details by using various sliders to control brightness, contrast, tint and more. You can also add effects like X-Process, Blur and Vignette.
Make your senior quotes or photo captions extra-special through beautiful typography. Canva’s text pane includes a variety of features and tools you can use on your design. To get started just click on “Add text” and edit the text box by choosing from over a hundred free, fresh fonts and the full spectrum of hues in the color wheel tool. You can choose from our library of stylish text holders — little drag and drop morsels ready-made typography. From there, it’s a simple matter of changing the text to reflect your quote or caption.
A yearbook is the ultimate practice in teamwork. It takes an entire class to create the memories within it and it’ll take an entire team to finish it. To share an editable design, just click the Share button and choose the “Can edit” option to allow others to make changes to your design. Since Canva works on the Cloud, your teammates can access your design anytime, from any laptop, desktop or even on their iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Yearbook fonts are usually simple, readable and clear. Serif fonts like Courier New, Helvetica, Cambria, Georgia and Times New Roman are common, as are Sans Serif fonts like Arial, Trebuchet and Calibri. You might also try Cursive or Script fonts, but use them sparingly, for inspirational quotes.
Yearbooks are a chance to get creative. Some ideas for pages include special spreads for yearbook and school staff, autographs pages, space for inspirational quotes, current events going on over the school year, a school history section, senior profiles, a highlight reel and collage pages.
A great yearbook cover captures the spirit of the school, centers around a single theme, stands out from covers from previous years, uses the school colors, incorporates the school logo or branding and balances white space with text and illustration.