Download my 2018
Calendar PDF and Save it somewhere on your hard drive, then start Photoshop (or GIMP, a free, Photoshop-like image editor available online). From within Photoshop open the
open each month's page in the PDF as an individual Photoshop
document. The one-month calendar in your Photoshop document
is a single layer. You can’t
edit the text, but you can erase whatever you want and
add your own special touch. For instance, you might want
to select the white area with your Magic Wand Tool and
remove it and either let your photo show through, or
change the color or opacity. You might want to erase
the a date’s number
and put in, for instance, a firecracker photo with a big
4 on it on the 4th of July. You can Transform (control/command-t)
the shape of the calendar to your heart’s
Above are a few samples from 2006 and a sample 2015 calendar. I came up with different calendars for different purposes.
If you would like to include some 2017 months in your calendar (say, for a school-year calendar), you can download my 2017
Calendar PDF and use it with the 2018 pages.
Plan the overall paper size you want and expand your "canvas size" to accommodate both your photo for each month and that month's calendar.
do the 8-1/2"x11" or the 11"x17" wall calendar above (lower right, above) which is six pages
printed back to back, stitched or stapled in the middle
where they fold to reveal the next month, you'll need
paper which won't "bleed" through, and you'll need to
do the "pagination" below:
backs of the pages will seem to
be upside down if you turn them like a normal book,
but will look right side up if you "tumble" them,
turning top to botom. Staple or stitch the six sheets of paper together right under the photos. Then you can just flip up the current month's calendar to reveal the next month's calendar and its photo.
Don't forget to put a hole at the center top so people can hang your calendars on a nail.
Think of ways to make your calendar
different from store bought calendars.
You might put in special
birthdays or anniversaries with some appropriate art in
that box. You could make a whole calendar from scans of
your childrens' art and give copies to each grandparent
(with an inset photo of the "artist"). You could put a
favorite poem on each photo. What will you do with the
blank space where the begining or end of the month only
has a few days? That's another place for a favorite saying
If you're seen by family
friends as a chef as well as a photographer, you could
photograph your twelve specialties (maybe to match the
month) and either leave room in the photo to superimpose
the recipe or put it next to the calendar rectangle on
the bottom half of the page.
The possibilities are limitless!
Please send me a photo or screen capture of what you do
with your calendar!
You can click on
File>Open and browse to the PDF, or
in newer versions you can right (control) click
on the PDF in your Photoshop Browser or Adobe Bridge
and select Open with Photoshop.
be offered a selection: which of the twelve
(month) pages do you want to open? (back
to the top)