Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the calendar tables, part of Designing a Calendar.
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For the third of my calendars, I'm going to be designing a compact calendar where the whole year can be seen on a single page, and this page is 8.5 by 11 inches, or US letter size. Over in InDesign where we see the finished version we can see that the text is being greeked eye represented by grey bars, at a fit in window view just because it's relatively small, each of the numbers is nine point. I created the calendar using the calendar wizard script, but I did then need to do some fairly heavy modification to the calendar that it generated, but I was able to use that script to give me the calendar data.
Now, of course, you can just go online and find calendar data for 2014, and in some ways, that might be easier, but I just wanted us to have another workout with the calendar wizard script and also really get familiar with how we can move data around in tables and really edit tables to make them our own. So, let's begin by generating the 12 months of the year and we can see that what we get is going to be quite a long way from what we want to end up with.
I'm going to come to my window menu utilities and scripts, and I'll tear off that panel, close that panel, and then come to my calendar wizard script. Now, I've already addressed how we can download and install this, so if you missed that movie, you might just want to go back and review that, that's in the chapter on creating a wall calendar. So I'm going to double click on the script and, once again set my starting date and ending date.
I want to start on a Monday; I do not want to include any of these other options here, I do not want to include a text layer. Here is the important point here, I want 12 calendars per page otherwise it would give me a separate page for each of the months and that's not what I want. And I would like the orientation to be portrait, and I want this to end up in a new document.
Alright, I think those are all the options that I need to check, so now I can click OK, and we now have our calendar data. Obviously the next problem is how do we take these 12 separate tables and make them into one, and that's what we'll address in the next movie.
- Observing different styles of calendars
- Installing and using the Calendar Wizard script for InDesign
- Placing and fitting images
- Adding text
- Working with grids and tables
- Creating the cover
- Preparing calendars for print