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Create a Photo Calendar in Photoshop Elements 12

Photo calendars are easy projects you can make in Photoshop Elements 12. You can create a calendar reflecting events, people, occasions, or family, and then you can send the calendar as a PDF file to others or print it from your desktop color printer. You can also submit your calendars to a service for professional printing and binding.

1

Select and organize your calendar photos, import them, and create an album.

At a minimum, calendars have 13 different photos. One photo is for the cover, and the remaining 12 are for each month. On each calendar page, though, you can choose to add two, three, or four photos. Ideally, you should plan how many photos you want to add to a calendar project and create an album of with those photos.

2

Choose a theme for your calendar.

Open the Create panel in the Organizer and click Photo Calendar. The first screen you see is the Photo Calendar Wizard, where you can choose a theme for your calendar. Scroll through the Themes column and select the theme you want to use. Wait a minute for Elements to download the template from the Adobe website.

Open the Starting Month and Year drop-down menus in the top-left corner and choose the month and year you want. Click OK to import the photos into a calendar template. Your new calendar created from your chosen theme opens in the Photo Editor.

3

Type a title for your calendar.

At this point, you’re no longer working in the Organizer. By default the Pages panel is open in the Photo Editor and you can get a glimpse of the photos imported to the various months pages.

Click the text box and type a name for your calendar. You can type a subtitle in the second text box or delete it if desired.

4

Clear the frames.

By default, Elements adds a photo frame to each of your photos, placing an @ symbol and gradient bar across your pictures. If you don’t want to add a photo frame, right-click and choose Clear Frame. If you want to replace the frame, you can do so later in these steps.

5

Modify the layout.

If you have a single photo, two photos, or four photos on a calendar page, you need to modify the layout to accommodate the number of photos you want on each page. Click the Layout button at the bottom of the Panel Bin and locate a layout you want for a given page. For example, if two photos appear on a page, move to the respective page and double-click one of the Two Photos choices in the Layout panel. Notice that you have choices for landscape and portrait placements as well as a choice for rotated images.

Move to each page in your calendar and double-click the layout option you want for each respective page.

6

Modify the photos.

Each photo typically requires tweaking for size, zoom level, and rotations. Move to a page and double-click a photo you want to edit. The zoom slider appears, and you can move the slider to zoom in or out of the photo. If you want to replace the photo with another, click the yellow folder icon. The dialog box that opens lets you browse your hard drive and choose an alternative photo. After choosing a photo, click the green check mark to accept the change.

On some pages, Elements may display only the template with no photo. Right-click and choose Replace Photo or double-click the placeholder and click the yellow folder icon. Check each photo on your calendar and size and position the photos.

7

Add photo frames.

If you want to add frames to your pictures, you must enter Advanced mode. Click the Advanced Mode button in the top-left corner. Click the Graphics button at the bottom of the Panel Bin to open the Graphics panel.

Drag the slider bar down to find the Frames graphics. To add a frame to a photo, select a frame in the Graphics panel and drag it to the photo. Click the Save button at the bottom of the window to save your project.

8

Export the calendar.

You can print your calendar by clicking the Print button.

You can also export your project as a PDF file that you can share with others or upload to a service for professional printing. To save as PDF, choose File→Save As. In the Save As dialog box, choose Adobe Acrobat (*.PDF, *.PDP) from the format menu.

If you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, the PDF file opens in Adobe Reader. You can preview all the pages in Adobe Reader and look for any areas you need to modify before deploying your calendar.

 
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