Happy Friday, friends!
I hope you’re all having a nice October. It’s been lovely here in Portland: the skies are blue, the air is crisp, and the rain has only been at night.
I wanted to let you know that I’ve added a number of calendar templates to the site for our “Quick and Easy Calendars from Templates” article. You can download the files from that page, or you can find them on the 2011 calendar templates downloads page.
I’m hoping to get a few more up in the next couple of weeks, but many people have been clamoring for them as they prep for the holidays, so enjoy!
One of the new files in the batch is a template for CD jewel case calendars. When we first posted the article last November, I linked to Creative Pro’s “Create a Gift-Worthy Calendar in Photoshop,” which was a blast to make.
I haven’t seen any 2011 calendars from the Shutter Sisters — who created the original templates — so I created a similar template that you can use with our article. There are guides in the template to help you align and size your photos and months, and I’ve created two calendar PDFs, each with a different font treatment, for you to play with. (You can get jewel cases at most office-supply stores for a reasonable price.)
Two little tricks for using the jewel case templates. First, if you’re printing your pages on a letter-size piece of paper, turn on the Print Crop Marks setting in the Print dialog box: click on More Options, then Printing Choices. That will definitely help with the cutting.
I used gray for the month names in the templates, but it’s easy to change the color to anything else: make sure the calendar layer is selected and grab the Rectangular Marquee tool and make a selection around the month. Press Ctrl-J (Mac: Command-J) to copy just that to a new layer. Then, you can choose Edit>Fill Layer and select a color you’d prefer. Just remember to check the Preserve Transparency box in the Fill Layer dialog box.
Have a great weekend!