Dressed to impress, the yearbook class left New Haven High School on Bob’s bus to Bayless High School, where we were heading to a yearbook workshop. We arrived at Bayless at about 9:00 on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and met in the lunchroom with all the other schools who came to the workshop.
The first thing we did at the workshop was play a couple of games with the other high schools. Senior Michelle Bahena played musical chairs, junior Miranda Durbin played Guess That Song, and junior Lexi Oetterer played Guess That TV Show. We all really enjoyed these games.
Member Diana Ribera said, “Going to Bayless was an interesting adventure. It was fun being able to get new ideas for our yearbook. We had fun by playing Guess That Song and Musical Chairs before we had to get serious.”
In our first workshop, we were taught how to choose an appropriate theme for our school’s yearbook. The representative from Walsworth Yearbooks showed us how to make a theme that appealed to us for this school year. We were also shown how to apply our theme to the whole book by using the right fonts, colors, and formats. The presenters had yearbooks from other schools to flip through as examples so that we could see how they made their book and to help us see how they had applied their theme throughout their book.
In our next class, we were able to work with a cover designer from the same Walsworth company. He helped us design a cover for our yearbook based on the ideas we had. He showed us different fonts and colors until we made a cover that we all liked. We first picked out what color we wanted our background to be, and we had a sample book to look at. Once we picked out our background, we then decided what we wanted to have on the front cover. We kept changing it until we had a few good ideas that we liked that we could use and adapt for when we would make our final cover.
For our last workshop class, we were shown how to use the program that helps put the whole yearbook together, Adobe InDesign. They showed us how to add and change the effects of pictures and words. We were shown how to make different shapes, add pictures, round the corners of pictures, align the pictures, and how to make text have a gradient effect.
“Bayless was fun,” Miranda Durbin said, “and although we weren't at school, we still had a lot of learning to do.”