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2012 calendar templates!

By Rick LePage  ·  September 29th, 2011

We’ve uploaded the 2012 calendar files for the “Quick and Easy Calendars from Templates” article in the November/December 2009 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques. This year’s set has 10 different templates, including three styles for CD jewel-case-style calendars–and an Elements page template for the case–as well as a new “triplet-style” (i.e. seasonal) calendar template.

You can download the templates via this link. Just save the ZIP file on your computer, and double-click it (or use a utility like WinZip) to decompress it. The instructions in the article show you some ideas for creating your own calendar pages, but essentially, all you need to do to add a month to an Elements document is use the File > Place command, navigate to the PDF template you would like to use, open it and choose the month from the ‘Place PDF’ dialog box that follows. Click OK, and it will put the month into your document on a new layer as a Smart Object.

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Once you’ve placed your month, you can resize it, move it and apply other adjustments to it as desired. And, because it’s a Smart Object, you can continue to resize it until you have it just the way you’d like it to be.

For example, in the page at the top of the blog, I created an 8-inch by 8-inch document in Elements, copied and fit the photo to the page, then placed the month of July from the ‘template-9-square’ file. I resized it and put a rounded rectangle shape underneath the month and added a drop shadow to the shape layer. I also reduced the shape layer’s opacity a bit, to let the photo show through just a bit. It took just a few minutes, and I have a lovely calendar page (from an Instagram photo) that is also a great memento from this past summer’s family vacation!

Regarding the jewel case templates: There’s a file in the template folder called calendar-jewel-case-template.psd, which is sized to fit a standard jewel case. If you open it, you’ll find guides (choose View > Guides if you don’t see them) to help you align and size both the photos and the months. I’ve created three 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.

There are more ideas for using the templates in the article linked to above, and Elizabeth is working on a new full-page template for the triplet style; we’ll post a link to it when it is online.

And, if creating individual calendar pages isn’t your thing, don’t forget Wendy Williams’ fun tutorial, “Creating a Single-Page Calendar.” You can find links to her 2012 templates with the tutorial.

We’d love to see samples of your calendar pages, so post them in either the PET or Elements Village galleries for us to see–we’re always amazed at our subscribers’ creativity.


17 Replies to 2012 calendar templates!:

  1. cindy

    September 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I was waiting for these to start making my Christmas gifts. Thanks!

  2. Janet

    September 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Are there any calendars with no background – just the months, days and dates??? I would like a transparent background. :)

    • Rick

      September 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      The templates are just that, Janet – months, days, and dates. If you Place them, as described in the article, they come in with full transparency.

      If you look at them as a PDF, they appear to have a white background, but that’s just in PDF form.


      • Rick

        September 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        Unless, I screwed up, that is… :-O

  3. Julie

    September 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Oh, good idea to use Instagram pics with the jewel cases since they are already square. Now to see if I have 12 suitable shots….

  4. David

    September 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Great idea! I love these templates. Nice gifts.

  5. Steve

    September 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks so much Rick!!

  6. Patricia

    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    These templates look really fun…look forward to using them. Thank you!!

  7. Eleanor

    October 1, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Thanks! I’ve been looking forward to this. They make great gifts for puppy club. Also, sometimes I make them up and say “Thank You” on them from Puppy Tails to the business that allow us to bring the pups in for training. They always appreciate it.


  8. James

    October 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

    These templates look great. The calendar thing is new to me. Any suggestions for those who don’t have home photo printers ?

    • Rick LePage

      October 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm


      If you save your calendar files as JPGs or TIFs, you can use many of the online services — Shutterfly, Mpix, even Costco et al — to get prints. You can check out these articles for more:

      Printing Your Photos Online
      Preparing your Photos for Online Printing
      Web Resources for Online Printing


      • James

        October 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        thanks Rick. those articles look quite helpful. I would like to put together a calendar using downloaded templates, add photos and then print. problem right now is I have not printer. wondering where or how one gets the completed calendar printed ?

      • Rick

        October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

        Hi James,

        Those articles I linked to are all about uploading your photos (or pages) to online services for printing. There’s really no difference between sending a photo to a place like Shutterfly or a calendar page.

        You would just want to make sure when you create your calendar page files that you’re using a print size that corresponds with a size available from the service you want to use.

        For example, Shutterfly’s basic print options are here:

        They have print options from 4×6 to 20×30. If you wanted 8×10 calendar pages, you’d just create a new page in Elements that was 8×10 inches, so that when you were done, you could upload the final page without worrying about getting it cropped or scaled inappropriately.

        I’m just using Shutterfly as an example here, but any online print service will be similar, and I’ve even gone to Kinkos and Costco (with my pages on a CD) and gotten them printed there. You’ve really got lots of options.


      • Bonnie

        October 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

        So if you are going to make a Calendar, can you make it any size? A 12 by 12, 8 by 10. When you open your page you would click custom size. I am used to just using scrapbook which is the 12 by 12. I am horrible at sizes and changing pictures for print and web from pixels. I don’t know why that is so hard for me. Does Shutterfly print and put them together do you know?

  9. Sandra

    October 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I am delighted to have found this. Been looking for something like this for years. I have a cuttlebug binding machine to even get it all together. Thank you, thank you! Sandra

  10. Bonnie

    October 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    What does encrypted mean? I put my zip folders on my desk top and then extract them. Now they seem to be saying do you want to copy this file without encryption. yes, skip or cancel. Sorry don’t know what that means, will I be able to use the calendar templates?

    • Rick

      October 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I’m not sure what that means either, Bonnie. They aren’t encrypted, and you should have a folder with all the different templates in it when you’re done.

      Regarding sizing, create the page at the size you want, then follow the instructions in the original article to place the templates — it really is pretty easy.


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