Adobe Photoshop is the most popular graphics and image editing software program on the market. With its powerful variety of tools and filters, Photoshop easily allows you to create almost any type of design. Rather than creating a whole new calendar every year, you can quickly design a reusable yearly calendar template in Photoshop. By simply changing the background image and monthly dates every year, you can save a lot of time by using the same calendar template to quickly create a whole new look.
1. Open Photoshop. Go to “File” in the main menu and select “New”. Enter “11 inches” for the “Width” field and “8.5 inches” for the “Height” field. Click the “Background Contents” drop-down menu and select “White.” Click “OK”.
2. Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” in the “Tools” palette. Go to the tool settings located under the main menu at the top of Photoshop. Click “Color” and choose black.
3. Holding down the “Shift” key, drag your mouse across the canvas to create a rounded rectangle with a width and height of about 2 inches.
4. Go to “Layer” in the main menu and select “Duplicate layer.” Click “OK” to the default settings. Choose the “Move Tool” in the “Tools” palette and move the duplicated shape so that you can clearly see both rounded squares. Repeat this step two more times until you have a total of four identical rounded squares on the canvas.
5. With the “Move Tool” still selected, go to the “Layers” palette. Select each layer to move each individual square. Line the four squares up in a row roughly leaving the same amount of space between them.
6. Hold down the “Shift” key and select all four of the shape layers in the “Layers” palette so that they are all highlighted. Click the “Link” button located at the bottom of the “Layers” palette. Go to “Layer” in the main menu and select “Align.” Click “Top Edges.” Go back to “Layer” and choose “Distribute.” Select “Horizontal Centers.” The four squares should now be equally aligned and spaced.
7. Go back to the “Layers” palette and click the eye icon next to the “Background” layer. This will temporarily remove the white background. Go back to “Layer” in the main menu and click “Merge visible”.
8. Go to the “Layers” palette and click the box next to the “Background” layer to restore visibility. Select the single shape layer and go to “Layer” in the main menu. Select “Duplicate Layer”. Choose the “Move Tool” and move the new layer below the original row of squares. Try to line them up as best as you can. Repeat the layer duplication and move the new layer of squares to the very bottom of the canvas. You should now have three identical rows of four squares each.
9. Choose the “Type Tool.” Select the style, color and font size you want to use for your calendar. Type the names of the months into the twelve squares. Type the abbreviated names of the week (S, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa) beneath the name of each month.
10. Go to “File” and click “Save as.” Choose a location on your computer to save your calendar template. Whenever you wish to create a new calendar, open up your template .PSD file. Add whatever image you want as a background layer to the file, and simply add the corresponding dates of each month for that particular year.