Understanding Yearbook Portrait Pages

Modified on Wed, 07 Feb 2024 at 09:07 AM

What is a portrait page?

Portrait pages consist of photos of all the people in your school organized into grid patterns. Portrait pages usually group students by grade or classroom, staff onto their own page, and often will include a separate section for the graduating class.

Each portrait is labelled with the person's first and last name. Labels may also include other information, like the person's job title, a quote, or other text. Portrait pages are titled with the group's name. 

Unlike the other pages in your yearbook, portrait pages are created using automation tools to group, sort, label, title and format images on your page, so you do not need to drag-and-drop hundreds of images into grids of empty image frames and manually enter information onto the page.

Standard portrait page workflow

  1. Portrait images and a database (provided by your school photography company) are imported under the Manage Portraits section.
  2. Information associated to the portraits is edited under Manage Portraits. Roles are assigned to portraits to facilitate grouping them on your yearbook page.
  3. Portrait pages are added to your book. They may be added one group at a time (eg: a single classroom, a single staff page) or as multiple groups ordered in sequence (grade by grade, classroom by classroom).
  4. Portrait pages are customized in the Editor. This includes choosing a grid and labelling style, adding backgrounds and decorations.

Note that corrections and formatting changes may occur at any step during this general workflow. For instance, retake photos can be added after the portrait pages have been added to the book, typos can be corrected or group affiliation updated, portraits may be excluded or deleted, pages may be reordered and candid pages may be inserted in-between portrait pages.

If you only have photos but no database package, you still can use the portrait manager and page design system. Consult the article on how to run your own photo day and then bring the photos into Memento Yearbook to create traditional labelled grid-style portraits pages. If you do not have the photo resources or would like to try a different approach to classroom pages, you can build a creative alternative to a traditional portrait page in the Editor.

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