With the New Year almost here, it seemed a good time to look at how quickly and easily you can make a photo calendar using Photoshop Elements.
With Elements, you can create a beautiful, professional-looking wall calendar that lets you showcase your favorite photos throughout the year. And you can print your calendar right at home using your personal inkjet printer.
Selecting and Sorting Your Calendar Photos
The method we’ll be walking through here for selecting the photos to be included in your calendar will be a three-step process. First, you’ll select the individual images. Then you’ll create an album from those photos. Putting your calendar photos in a separate album allows you to change their order, something you can’t do directly within the Organizer’s Media Browser. Finally, you can sort and reorder the photos to your liking.
I personally like using these steps when creating calendars or really any project in Elements because I find that grouping my photos together and then reordering them before actually diving into the project is easier in the long run and helps me to visually plan it all out. Plus having your project photos grouped all together makes it easier to redo if something happens along the way.
That said, you don’t really have to do all three of these steps. You can just select your photos and then launch the calendar project, reordering the images on the fly once in the calendar workspace. It’s your choice.
If you’d like to dive right into the calendar making workspace, without grouping your images and resorting beforehand, jump to Creating Your Calendar
Either way, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when selecting images for your calendar.
- First, it’s important to pick photos that are large enough to look good printed. This means that the images should be at least 300 pixels per inch and have appropriate dimensions for the calendar size.
- Secondly, be sure to select enough photos for the calendar layout that you’ll be using. Each layout requires at least 13 photos–one photo for each of the 12 months plus another photo to use for the calendar cover. But some of the layouts include pages that use more than one photo, so you’ll need additional photos for those layouts. You can add in more photos later on, but it’s a good idea to select more photos than you think you’ll need right up front.
Step 1: Select Your Calendar Photos
Start by opening the Elements Organizer. There, scroll through the photos in the Elements Media Browser and, as you scroll, select the images that you want to include.
When selecting the images, keep these tips in mind:
- If your photos are all contained in a separate folder, select the folder from the Folders panel found along the left hand of the workspace. Then select all of the photos by choosing Edit>Select All from the top menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut Command-A on a Mac/Ctrl-A on a PC.
- To select multiple images that are right next to each other in the Media Browser, click on the first photo and then hold down the Shift key while clicking on the last photo. This will select the two photos that you clicked on as well as all of the photos in between.
- To select multiple photos that are not next to each other, hold down the Command on a Mac / Ctrl on a PC as you click on the individual images from within the Media Browser.