Yearbook Page Setup

Before you start, do yourself a big favour and create a YEARBOOK folder in ONEDRIVE. Put ALL of your elements in there! Every time you download or create anything for this project, put it in that folder! (and, of course, make sure that OneDrive is running on your computer!)

Putting everything into a folder now will save you a lot of headaches, trust me!

Go to the following link and download the files into your yearbook folder: Page Templates

Create a file in Indesign that is 52 x 68 picas, 10 pages (facing), with NO BLEED or MARGIN. I usually set up 3 or 4 columns for myself, but that’s a personal choice and I don’t even end up using them all that often.

Save your file into that Yearbook folder.

There is a specific colour profile that we have to use for the yearbook. You need to download THIS FILE from HERE. Save that into your Yearbook folder as well!

To load that file, open the Edit menu and click Color Settings…

In the box that pops up, click the Load… button on the right

Navigate to your Yearbook folder where that Jostens 2022 file is stored

Once you’ve selected it and it’s loaded, click OK

The goofy part of that is that you have to do this every time you work on this file on a different computer, or if you go to create something in Photoshop.


When using InDesign, I prefer to use the Essential Classics workspace, so that’s what my screen will look like, but choose whichever workspace is best for you.

Your Pages panel right now should look like this:

I recommend going into your Layers panel:

and adding at least two more layers right away:

You’ll need to do some setup on the Parent pages in order to save yourself a lot of work:


Use the Frame tool (press F on your keyboard) and draw a frame that goes to the edges of your pages


You will Place in the page template that you downloaded above. (or now… PAGE TEMPLATES HERE)

You should see this:

Make sure your Rulers are showing (Ctrl + R)

Zoom way in to the top left corner:

In the grey area BESIDE the page (not actually on the page), drag out a guide by clicking on the ruler and pulling down. Drag a guide to the edge of the blue, green, and yellow rectangles:

if you’ve done it correctly (beside the page not on), your guide will go right across and off the right side of the page as well:

Repeat the process at the bottom of the page:

You also want to create vertical guides along the sides. Drag from the left arrow to the right and snap to the edges of the blue, green, and yellow rectangles.

There is a yellow area in the middle where the book folds. You should put guides along those yellow lines as well:

and do the right edge:

If you zoom out ( Ctrl + 0 or Ctrl + – ) your page should look like this:

If you’ve done this correctly on the Parent pages, all of your pages should look the same:


The RED area is your bleed. Page backgrounds should extend to the outer edge of the red, but that area will be cut off, so never put anything important in there!

The YELLOW area is a margin. You shouldn’t ever put anything important in that area because it may get cut off.

The GREEN area is fine to use, but it acts as a safe margin. I wouldn’t put anything too important in there because it’s too close to the edge of the page.

The BLUE area is where your content will go. Anything important can go in that blue area, right up to the edge.

Make sure you’re still on the PARENT pages!

For the next step, I’m going to stay on the bottom layer (Layer 1). Use the Frame tool (letter F) to create a frame that goes all the way to the edge of the page. This will be my actual page background for each page. Place any picture in there to act as a placeholder. I used a picture of the school, because if I ever forget to replace it, at least I’ve got something appropriate. You can get school photos HERE if you want to do that too.

The photo that I used doesn’t fill the frame:

So I’ll have to go into Frame Fitting and “Fill frame proportionally” (the first one.) I always like to turn on Auto-Fit as well:

That looks much better:

Now I have a frame ready to go that I can change on individual pages.

One more important thing to set up on the Parent pages is the page numbers. You absolutely need to make sure that you are working on the Parent pages for this:

IMPORTANT TIP: work on the TOP layer for this step (mine is Layer 3)

At the bottom of one of your pages, draw a text frame where the page number will go.

With your cursor in that box, go into the Type menu, then Insert Special Character, Markers, Current Page Number ( Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N )

That will put a letter A into the text box. Highlight it and change the text Properties. Always change the default font!

If you want, you can center the text or leave it on the left like me, then go into Text Frame Options ( Ctrl + B ) and change the Vertical Justification to either Center, or Bottom, since this will be at the bottom of the page:

Mine now looks like this:

Now I would zoom way out so you can see both pages. Click on this text frame, hold down Alt and Shift, and drag a copy of that box all the way to the right, so it sits in the bottom right of the other page

I am going to change the justification of that text so it lines up on the right now:

Lastly, I recommend taking that top layer and locking it. Do not put any page elements on a layer above this. This layer should always be at the top.

Now if you switch to any other page, you’ll see its number in those spots! If you put all of your designs on the layers below, those page numbers will always show on every page.

If you haven’t done so already, SAVE your work!


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