Fill a photo calendar
Add your pictures to our custom calendars to make a personalised planner for 2019. Dan Mold works through the steps.
Add your favourite images to our free templates for a bespoke 2019 planner.
AS PHOTOGRAPHERS, THERE’S NO greater feeling than giving our work a purpose and getting it out there to be seen by others. With these free templates you can create a bespoke 2019 calendar using a group of 12 images – we’ve opted for a common theme, but it could be as simple as selecting and using your 12 favourite shots of the year; it’s a nice touch to use each image in the month it was taken.
The calendar will help you keep track of the year ahead as well as being a great excuse to proudly hang your work up on the wall. You can print your calendar on some high quality photo paper and have it comb-bound at your local print shop for a professional finish. They make wonderful personalised gifts, too.
1 Open your images
Go into Photoshop or Elements, and if you are using Elements make sure you’re working in the Expert mode. Head up to File>Open and navigate your way to the Free Gifts folder on your disc or download, where you’ll find the 2019 Calendar Templates. Here, you’ll see two folders for UK and USA style calendars, depending on where you prefer the weekend to sit on your calendar pages. Open one of the folders and you’ll see the Cover PSD file which we’ll come to later. To start, open up the second file down, which is the January page. Now go back up to File>Open and this time find the image on your hard drive that you’d like to use in January and double-click to open it. In Photoshop hit Ctrl+A (Select>All) to select the image – you’ll see the marching ants appear around your image to show it’s been selected. Press Ctrl+C (Edit>Copy) to copy it and Ctrl+W (File>Close) to close it down as you don’t need it anymore. You’ll now be back in the calendar template file, so hit Ctrl+V (Edit>Paste) to paste it in.
2 Resize your image to fit the calendar
Your image will now be in the calendar, but will need repositioning and resizing. Hit Ctrl+T to put it into Free Transform mode. Hold Shift in Photoshop, or tick the Constrain Proportions box in Elements, then drag the corner handles of the bounding box to resize. Hit Return to place it.
3 Blend your image into the black aperture
You only want your image to appear inside the black aperture at the top of the calendar template. The easiest way to do this is to go to Window>Layers and then in the Layers panel change the Blending Mode from Normal to Screen, so that the image only appears through the black parts of the template.
4 Erase any overspill
As your picture is now blending into any dark areas it may appear in the text such as ‘January’ as shown here. To fix this grab a hard-edged Eraser Tool with an Opacity and Flow of 100% and resize it with the [ and ] keys. Run it over any area where the image appears and you don’t want it to.
5 Simplify your Layers panel
In the Layers panel you now have an image layer and the original background layer, so to keep things simple go to Layer>Flatten Image to merge them together. You can then save each month with File>Save As in a new folder if you want to keep the original templates intact.
6 Complete your calendar cover page
You can add and resize images for your calendar cover in the same way as in previous steps. The difference with this page is that it has editable text. Go to the Layers panel and double-click on the ‘T’ next to ‘YOUR NAME HERE’ or ‘YOUR TITLE IN HERE’ to add your own title and photographer’s credit.
Above You’ll find both UK and USA style calendar templates in the Free Gifts folder on your disc or download for you to use.