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Creating a photo calendar

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Video: Creating a photo calendar

You can make a professional looking calendar in Elements' Create workspace, and you can print it yourself or have it commercially-printed. Making a calendar is almost exactly the same as making a photo book, it uses all the same features. So rather than repeat everything here I am going to concentrate on my workflow in this movie, and ask you to go back and listen to the preceding two movies for details of each feature. I can start my calendaring either the Editor or the Organizer. I'd like to start in the Organizer where I am going to select 13 photos.

Creating a photo calendar

You can make a professional looking calendar in Elements' Create workspace, and you can print it yourself or have it commercially-printed. Making a calendar is almost exactly the same as making a photo book, it uses all the same features. So rather than repeat everything here I am going to concentrate on my workflow in this movie, and ask you to go back and listen to the preceding two movies for details of each feature. I can start my calendaring either the Editor or the Organizer. I'd like to start in the Organizer where I am going to select 13 photos.

The calendars available are all 12- month calendars and each has 12 pages, one for each month, plus a title page, so I need at least one photo for every page. I'll press Ctrl+A that's Command+A on a Mac to select all the photos in my Media Browser, and then I'll go up to the Create tab and from there I'll choose Photo Calendar. This Photo Calendar window should look familiar, it's a lot like the photo book window. Over on the left I have some choices to make. First, I can choose the starting month for the calendar.

Elements is smart enough to take a good guess at what next month is, and it's gotten it right here. So I am going to leave the starting month at February 2012. Then I can choose between two calendars, one that I print myself and one that's printed by Kodak Gallery. I am going to go with the Kodak Gallery Calendar. Because when you print yourself, you end up getting a separate page for each page of the calendar, and I'd like to have things printed back and front. So I'll select the Kodak Gallery size calendar. I'll choose a theme for the calendar in the center of this dialog box just as I did for photo books.

I'm going to scroll down here and select the Designer Elegant theme and as with photo books the themes that have the gold ribbon are only available if you're a plus member of Adobe's extra online services, and there is a fee for that. I am going to leave Autofill with selected images checked, and then I am going to click OK, and Elements will generate a calendar for me autoflowing the photos that I selected in my Organizer into the photo placeholders in that calendar. Here's the title page of my initial calendar, and over in the Create column on the right the Pages tab is selected, and I can see here a thumbnail for each month of my calendar.

So if I click on one of these thumbnails, I can see it in the Document window. I like the layout that comes with this theme, the big photo above the calendar, but one thing I don't like is the large scalloped frame around each photo. So one of the things I am going to do is go through each month in this calendar and remove that frame. Before I do that I am going to start with the title page, because I think that the title page of the front of the calendar sets the mood and appearance for the rest of the calendar. So in the Pages tab I'll click on the title page.

The first thing I am going to do, is get rid of that frame, so I'll right-click on the photo, and from the Contextual menu that appears, I'm going to choose Clear Frame, and that removes the frame altogether. Now I am going to concentrate on the dummy text here, replacing it with my own text. With the Move tool I'll click on the first line of text and now I can see that it's in its own bounding box, meaning, it's a separate text block from this other line of text. To type over the dummy text, I'll double-click on the text inside that text block, and over in the Create column, I can now see settings for text, and my cursor is now an I-Beam cursor.

I can use that cursor to click and drag to highlight the dummy text, and then I'll type my own text over that. And then to accept that text I'll go up to the Options Bar and click the green check mark. If I want to customize that text, I could select it again with the I-Beam cursor and go over to the Settings and maybe change the Font, and I might choose Italic as the style, and then again I'll click the green check mark. I can do the same thing with this other text block but I am not going to take the time to do that right now, you can do that on your own.

The next thing that I want to do to this title page of the calendar is to change its background. So I am going to go over to the Artwork tab in the Create column, and I'm going to scroll up to get to the backgrounds. There are some really nice backgrounds associated with the theme that I chose, these look like Italian paper. To apply a different background to this title page I'll just double-click on one of these backgrounds I like this Folded Cream background. And the last thing I'll do the title page is to resize and reposition the photo a little bit.

I could go to the Layouts tab and apply an entirely new layout, but I just want to tweak this layout a little bit. So with the Move tool, I'm going to click on the photo and I'll make it a little smaller by moving my mouse over one of its corners and dragging in, and then I'll move my mouse outside corner till it changes to a curved double-pointed arrow and drag to rotate the photo a little, and then I can click inside the photo and drag to reposition it where I want it. When I am all done with that, I'll click the green check mark. Now the next thing I would do if I had time, was to go to Pages panel and go through each one of the pages of the calendar, and do similar things to those pages, clearing the frame, changing out the background, and maybe resizing the photo a little bit.

These pages don't have text so there is nothing to do with text here. So, for example, I'm going to right- click on this photo and I'm going to choose Clear Frame to remove the frame. Now I would like to have a frame on these photos, but unfortunately in the Artwork tab if I scroll down I see I only have one frame available with this theme and it's the frame that I really don't like. So what I can do is switch over to Advanced mode by clicking this button. Here in Advanced mode there is a lot more artwork to choose from, including additional frames.

I am going to scroll down through all the many backgrounds here until I start to see some frames. And I'm just going to use a plain thin beige frame on each photo in this calendar I still have the Move tool selected and I have the photo selected on this page of my calendar, so, to apply this frame to that photo I'll just double-click the frame in the artwork area on the right. I am going to get the Zoom tool and zoom in so you can see that better, and there is a more subtle frame that I started with. Now I am going to go back to the title page by clicking the arrow down here, which takes me back one page, and I'll do the same thing to the title page.

I'll zoom it a little bit so you can see it, and then I'll go over and get the Move tool. I'll make sure that the photo is selected and I'll go over to the artwork area and double-click that basic cream frame to apply to this photo too, and I would do that on every page of this calendar. Now when I am all done creating and customizing my calendar, I have three choices just like I do with the photo book. Down at the bottom of both, the Advanced mode and Basic mode, I could click the Order button and that would take me after a while to some instructions for ordering a professionally printed copy of this calendar.

I am going to cancel out of there for now. If I click the Print button that opens the Print dialog box, and from here I could try to print the calendar myself. But if you look over on the left you can see what's going to happen, which is that each photo is going to print as a separate page as well as each page of the calendar. So if you want more than that on a single page and you want your pages printed double-sided and you want everything bound it's probably better to order a commercially printed version of the calendar. So I am going to cancel out of here, and then there is the Done button, and if I click that I can save my calendar.

I'll navigate into the projects folder that I've already created on my Desktop, and I'll go to the Format menu in the Save As dialog box. As with the photo book I can choose to save the calendar either in the .PSE format which will allow me to reopen it in Elements' Create workspace to edit it further or in the Acrobat PDF format, which is better when I'm finished with the calendar and I want to share with someone else who may not have Elements but may have a PDF Reader. So I am going to choose the PSE format, I'll give the calendar a name and I can even include the calendar in my Elements Organizer as I save it.

So I am going to do that and click Save. So that's how to create and output a really great looking calendar here in Elements' Create workspace.

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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