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What type of yearbook cover do you want to design? There are so many different visual styles out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Ahead we’ll share some common design themes to inspire you!

What’s your style?

We’ve collected hundreds of our favourite yearbook covers and categorised them into the common visual styles that yearbook creators often choose to represent their publication. Some of these styles overlap, and ahead you can see what makes these styles what they are – and how to create a cover in this style yourself!

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ILLUSTRATION

ILLUSTRATE YOUR COVER
The wonderful part of having an illustrated yearbook cover is being able to showcase someone’s hard work as well as creating a stylised piece that’s unique to your publication.

Try these tools to create your cover:

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A few examples from our schools:

> Use an illustration by one of your students. This way you can give them a chance to showcase their creativity. It also adds a charming and handmade touch to the publication.

> Stuck on inspiration? A great subject idea is the front facade of your school, a building that’s iconic to many students’ childhoods.

> Try organising an art competition within your school to get entries for your potential cover design. Choose the winning artwork, congratulate the artist and publish it on the front of your yearbook!

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RETRO & VINTAGE

DESIGN A RETRO COVER
Researching which design you’d like in advance will help you pick up similar elements to compose your design. Here are some elements available to help you get the retro look.

Try these fonts and clipart available in Fusion:

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A few examples from our schools:
The appeal with retro and vintage covers is the feeling of timelessness and nostalgia. Using motifs from a particular era will give your cover a retro look: whichever decade you choose. You can even put a twist on your design and combine older motifs with more modern graphic elements.

Try using a design template
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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CARTOON

DRAW A CARTOON COVER
Draw subjects that everyone can find humour in – do you have a school in-joke that’s been popular lately? Alternatively, you could illustrate your cover like the inside of a student’s journal.

Try these tools to create your cover:

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A few examples from our schools:
Using a cartoon drawing will add a bit of fun and humour to your cover. Some people like to illustrate the students, teachers, or render their own version of the school environment.

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FULL PAGE PHOTO

DESIGN A FULL PAGE PHOTO COVER
Picking one image is tricky – select an image that shows the essence of your school publication. Play with filters and shapes to improve the contrast between the text and the image. Alternatively, use a bold or decorative font.

Try these free shapes available in Fusion:

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yearbook cover examples - full page

A few examples from our schools:
Feature an image as the main focus of your cover – by stretching it to the full size of the page, you can create a stunning cover. Readers can easily look at it and see all the details – it also gives a great sense of atmosphere. This type of cover definitely stands out!

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GRAPHIC

DESIGN A GRAPHIC COVER
Use simple and abstract shapes and compose them together. Try selecting similar looking elements for consistency. Here are some elements available to help you create the graphic look.

Try these free clipart and embellishments:

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A few examples from our schools:
Different but similar to the illustration or cartoon styles, this employs the use of graphic elements to create a composition. Using digital manipulation and editing, you can take illustrations and combine them with photos, colours, and gradients to create special effects.

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Try using a design template:
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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MAGAZINE

DESIGN A MAGAZINE-LIKE COVER
The great thing with designing a cover in this style is that it doesn’t require fancy graphics or decoration. Choose a bold font to display your heading so it really stands out!

Try these free fonts available in Fusion:

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A few examples from our schools:
Take a bit of inspiration from your favourite magazine and design your cover like one – all it takes is the main image as the focal point, and your headlines arranged around your subject. The one main heading should not be missed!

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Try a design template:
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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TEXTURES & PATTERNS

DESIGN A PATTERNED OR TEXTURED COVER
your own texture, or use a texture from our image library. Patterned textures can be created using layered text, shapes or other elements!

Try these free backgrounds and apply the colour you want:

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yearbook cover examples - texture and patterns

A few examples from our schools:
Sometimes a simple composition can be improved with just a little texture – try paper textures or even create your own patterns. You can also draw and paint your own textures, make your own using found objects like sticky notes, or repeat shapes and text.

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TYPOGRAPHIC

DESIGN A TYPOGRAPHIC COVER
Choose from a selection of hundreds of fonts to design your text and create a composition. If you don’t want to start your own typographic arrangement from scratch, try these text stickers:

Try these free text stickers and apply the colours you want:

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A few examples from our schools:
If you really want the words to speak, try a composition using the text as the main feature. Using a bit of colour, playing with fonts and scale can create an interesting dynamic.

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Try a design template:
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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ACADEMIC & ELEGANT

DESIGN AN ACADEMIC COVER
Use badges, seals, lines or borders to give a look of tradition and prestige. Try a classic serif font paired with a clean sans-serif font, and don’t forget your school logo and colours.

Try free fonts and clipart:

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A few examples from our schools:
With these covers, simple is best – focus on the logo or the main motif. The background image can be quite minimal, decorate it with simple motifs, and use school colours.

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GEOMETRIC

DESIGN A GEOMETRIC COVER
It’s fun creating a geometric cover because you get to play with your own arrangements of simple shapes to create an exciting piece!

Free clipart and backgrounds:

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A few examples from our schools:
These covers are made based on layering and combining shapes to add to the composition. Create a colourful and striking result using a mixture of solid colours. It’s very simple to create something like this in Fusion!

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PHOTO COLLAGE & GRIDS

DESIGN A PHOTO COLLAGE COVER
It’s very easy to create a photo collage or grid cover design. For photo collages, select photo frames and arrange them to your liking. For photo grids, simply select from the Grids tab and apply to your page.

Free polaroids, photo frames and grids:

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A few examples from our schools:
Do you have a lot of images you’d like to use on your cover? Try scattering the images in collages, or lay them out in colourful grids. With multiple photographs, you can reveal snapshots of the year just starting with the cover!

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Try a design template:
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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PHOTO & GRAPHIC COMBO

DESIGN A GRAPHIC COVER
Combine aspects of a graphic cover with photographs to get the best of both worlds! You will need to cut out the photos and make sure they are in transparent .PNGs for them to work properly.

Free photo frames and clipart:

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A few examples from our schools:
Combine the best of both worlds by using both photos and graphics – this can result in a beautiful and colourful result. Many of these examples feature group photos combined with graphics, so the cover has lots of detail to peruse.

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ALL ABOUT THE YEAR

DESIGN A COVER ABOUT THE YEAR
You can choose a bold or decorative font to catch attention. Alternatively emphasize the numbers using a shape, size, or colour. We also offer these handwritten stickers for a more casual look!

Free fonts and elements:

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A few examples from our schools:
Naturally, since this publication will be a yearbook, what else would be more fitting than to make the cover about the year itself? The possibilities are endless here – customise the colours, shapes, size and style of your font, or even make the numbers the photo frames themselves!

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Try a design template:
These schools used a template from the yearbook builder and customised it for quick and beautiful results:

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MINIMALIST

DESIGN A MINIMALIST COVER
With a minimalist cover, you only need a simple composition for it to be effective. Ensure there is a lot of negative space to rest the eyes on. Choose a simple font – often a clean sans-serif font works best.

Free fonts, shapes and lines:

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A few examples from our schools:
Sometimes simple is best! By focusing on using less motifs and leaving plenty of negative space in the composition, you can create a cover that stands out as well as looks clean and neat. Use a limited colour palette to really tie the elements on your page together.

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POSED PHOTOGRAPH

DESIGN A POSED PHOTO COVER
Take your own photos and cut them out or cleverly manipulate them for a specific effect! Don’t forget to save the files as .PNGs with transparency so they don’t have a background.

Try these:

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A few examples from our schools:
This is a different way of composition altogether – create shapes with your bodies or pose in an unusual and unique way. You may want to employ props such as giant letters or signs to get your message across. Not only is this a novel way to make an image, it’s also fun!

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NOVELTY

DESIGN A NOVELTY COVER
Unfortunately, there is no clear cut guide to creating a novelty cover – it’s up to you and your imagination! The possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to have fun with your design!

Try these:

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Have fun with your cover!
The exciting thing about making a yearbook is having the ability to customise it and make it fun for everyone involved. Whether it’s silly or inventive, fantastical or artistic, you can make the book a piece your school will treasure. Think about common jokes, stories and memories to really make it special!

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Design a technology themed cover
With the evolution of technology over the previous years and their constant involvement in our everyday lives, it was only a matter of time before a technology-themed cover had to be done. It’s a playful twist of the idea on how our memories are recorded, and a tribute to our times.

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Design a uniform themed cover
If your school has uniforms, it’s the one thing you see constantly every day. The iconic colours of your cohort’s clothing has surely burned an after-image in your mind – the sense of nostalgia that’s perfect to capture on a yearbook cover.

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What do you think?

We hope these yearbook cover examples were inspiring for you! In the next (and final) chapter, we’ll go through the 6 steps needed to complete a yearbook cover in Fusion.

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