Yearbooks are one of the things that graduating students anticipate the most. You can choose from the many professional printing companies offering yearbook printing in Singapore. However, it is important to consider the price of the yearbook while designing them with professional printing services. It would be futile to spend time and energy perfecting the design, layout and content if students are unable to afford purchasing the yearbook.
Therefore, here are some tips and tricks to help keep your yearbook budget friendly without compromising on quality.
- Savings on Designing
If you have students learning photo editing, publishing and other similar software, you can definitely save on fees for a designer to create a layout and design the yearbook. In a similar vein, there are a lot of websites providing free layout customisation, free backgrounds, clipart and themes. Popular software include EZBook, Adobe InDesign and Lumapix. Otherwise, you may have to pay hefty fees to designers to achieve the layout you may want.
- Choosing the right paper
Choosing the right paper quality is also very important when it comes to cost. You can choose a low-quality paper, however, this will compromise the quality of the yearbook. A better idea is to stick with a paper of about 90 to 120 grams per square metre, and which will not compromise on quality, and instead opting for a slight cheaper finish. Make sure you do not use a paper quality that uses too much ink as that can elevate printing costs.
- Quality over Quantity
While it may be very tempting to include each and every event in the yearbook, try to keep it as concise as possible. The reason for this is simple: a greater number of pages you print, the higher the cost of producing the yearbook. Therefore, try to maintain quality of the content rather than just filling pages and creating a thick and unaffordable yearbook.
- Binding it together
While not compromising on paper quality and print finish inevitably adds to the cost, the binding of the yearbook can be adjusted. While hardback yearbooks, with thick covers, a matte finish and embossed text may be all the rage, they might not be the most economical option. Instead, you can choose to opt for a softback yearbook, using paper of a relatively low quality, approximately 170-225 grams per square metre. This will significantly reduce the cost while creating a very unique yearbook. Even if you insist on hardback, you can pick a lower-cost option if it still fits your budget.
- Bulk orders
Ordering yearbooks in bulk can be very beneficial if you have a large number of students, in the region of 300. Most printing companies give up to a 10% discount if you have a maximum of 200 students, with an increment in the discount for every 25-50 students. Such discounts and other long-term contracts with printing companies can land you with a discount of close to 25%.
Therefore, give your students their deserved farewell in the best possible way, by making the yearbooks affordable compromising on its quality.