How to Create a Custom Calendar in Lightroom

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One feature that I (along with a lot of other users) would like to see built into Lightroom is a calendar template. Unfortunately, there is not one available but thanks to Jerry Courvoisier of www.lightroomworkshops.com, for 2011 at least, you can download and create CD jewel case calendars for 2011.

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To get started visit http://www.lightroomworkshops.com/tutorials.html and download the large zip file which contains everything that you need. It’s called Calendars for Custom Print Module and it works with Lightroom 3 only.

The zip file contains not only the print presets for creating the calendar pages but also the calendar images and a movie that explains how to get everything working.

Once you’ve downloaded the file, unzip its contents and open up Lightroom.

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Start by importing the 12 jpeg calendar images into Lightroom. Choose File > Import Photos and browse to locate your downloads folder and the Lightroom 2011 Calendar subfolder that the files will have been unzipped into.

Select all twelve calendar pages, create a folder for them inside Lightroom and import them.

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Open the Print module. Locate and open the Template Browser panel and right click the Lightroom Templates folder. Click New Folder and create a folder for the calendar page layouts – CD Calendar Layouts is a good name to use. Right click this folder, choose Import and go ahead and import the two .lrtemplate files from the package of unzipped files.

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Switch to the Library module and create a new collection containing all the 12 calendar page images you just imported and 12 images to use for your calendar. Each image should be cropped using the Crop tool in the Develop Module tools to a size of 4.65 in wide by 3.5 in tall. (In his video Courvoisier suggests you crop to 4 x 3 but the actual cell sizes used are 4.65 x 3.5in). You can create a custom crop size to use.

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With the collection selected, return to the Print module, click Page Setup and set the paper to Letter, Landscape orientation.

Select the 6pages-2up-24cells-12calendars template.

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To create the pages, drag and drop one calendar page into each of the larger picture placeholders in the template. If the page doesn’t into the right box, select Edit > Undo and try again. You’ll need to have the calendar pages in position before placing the images into the pages.

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Now drag and drop the images into the smaller image placeholders for each calendar page.

Once you’ve assembled the pages it’s simply a case of printing them using the print options and them assemble the pages by trimming them to size and placing the images inside a CD case.

You can reverse engineer the project to create your own calendar pages at any size. To do this, you’ll need to create a calendar in a program such as Photoshop and save it as a high quality JPG image. This will become the basic calendar page and over the top of that you can insert your calendar image. For a one month to a page you’ll need 12 calendar pages or you can create a full year calendar on a page with space for an image. Better still, if you have access to a program that will create the calendars for you and that lets you save the pages as jpeg or png images – use that. Microsoft Publisher is one such program that would work.

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Helen Bradley is a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at Projectwoman.com.

  • This would have been great a little before Xmas… Personalized Calendars make great gifts… but it’s a good article nonetheless.

  • Wow! This is so neat. Thank you so much.

  • Nice! This is great for my wife as her first project in the new year.

  • Steve

    Where to get this turned into an actual calendar? Specific services to do this?

  • Cool idea and resources – thanks and Happy New Year!

  • John Murray has also created a set of 2011 calendar template .png files (bigger ones) and made them available on his site. That link and another idea are available here: http://www.wolfnowl.com/2010/12/2011-photo-calendars/

    Mike.

    P.S. More Lightroom links, tips and tutorials (links to over 170 sites, including this one) are available at: http://bit.ly/LRTips

  • @Meredith, Chen and Lloyd.. Happy New Year to you all too.

  • Wow! Cool idea – thanks and Happy New Year!

  • this is fabulous! i created my 2011 calendar in word, but will use this system going forward. thank you so much, your instructions are perfect!

  • Som

    I agree about whishing there is a way to type more than 1 line of text in Lightroom. Having that option plus custom printing page you can carlendar very easily.
    For this year carlendar for my famlies & friends I did somthing similar to this. 90% of the work is done in Lightroom 3 custom print. The only part that did out side of LR was creating carlendar as PNG.
    For carlendar I made table in Word- 31 columns/2 rows to create a horizontal strip of 30/31 days across, safe that as pdf, take the pdf into Photoshop Element to convert that to PNG.
    In LR custom print: after I added the pictures (1 image/month or multi/month), then I turn on “graphic” Identity plate, use the PNG carlendar.
    And voila! I got me a 8.5×11 page of carlendar. Printed the page as JPG file, repeat 12 times plus cover page.

    The more expensive part was to find a good place to print & bounded for me. Luckily a local photo printing labs did it for me for less than $10 per carlendar.

    Kinkos could prind for less, but you can’t get photographic look

  • I Heart LR. Thanks for these directions!!!!

  • Gina

    I couldnt find the zip file when I looked… Am I looking in the wrong place? I found Pdf’s of other items

    Thanks!

  • The designer has just uploaded the 2012 calendars here for downloading:

    http://www.redphotographic.com/2012-calendar-templates/

    Enjoy!

    Helen

  • Ellen

    Is there any lightroom calendar preset for the year 2013 available for downloading ?

  • Wippy Nice one happy new year

  • Helen Bradley

    Just a FIY – I have made some 2015 & 2016 Lightroom Calendar templates which you can download here: http://projectwoman.com/articles/78lightroomcalendartemplates.html

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  • Ellen November 29, 2012 05:01 am

    Is there any lightroom calendar preset for the year 2013 available for downloading ?

  • Helen Bradley January 3, 2012 06:54 am

    The designer has just uploaded the 2012 calendars here for downloading:

    http://www.redphotographic.com/2012-calendar-templates/

    Enjoy!

    Helen

  • Gina July 27, 2011 03:51 am

    I couldnt find the zip file when I looked... Am I looking in the wrong place? I found Pdf's of other items

    Thanks!

  • Dallas Wedding Photographer Powell Pictures January 10, 2011 12:54 am

    I Heart LR. Thanks for these directions!!!!

  • Som January 7, 2011 12:25 am

    I agree about whishing there is a way to type more than 1 line of text in Lightroom. Having that option plus custom printing page you can carlendar very easily.
    For this year carlendar for my famlies & friends I did somthing similar to this. 90% of the work is done in Lightroom 3 custom print. The only part that did out side of LR was creating carlendar as PNG.
    For carlendar I made table in Word- 31 columns/2 rows to create a horizontal strip of 30/31 days across, safe that as pdf, take the pdf into Photoshop Element to convert that to PNG.
    In LR custom print: after I added the pictures (1 image/month or multi/month), then I turn on "graphic" Identity plate, use the PNG carlendar.
    And voila! I got me a 8.5x11 page of carlendar. Printed the page as JPG file, repeat 12 times plus cover page.

    The more expensive part was to find a good place to print & bounded for me. Luckily a local photo printing labs did it for me for less than $10 per carlendar.

    Kinkos could prind for less, but you can't get photographic look

  • cindy January 4, 2011 05:18 pm

    this is fabulous! i created my 2011 calendar in word, but will use this system going forward. thank you so much, your instructions are perfect!

  • Sarkari Naukri January 2, 2011 01:45 am

    Wow! Cool idea – thanks and Happy New Year!

  • Helen Bradley December 31, 2010 07:31 pm

    @Meredith, Chen and Lloyd.. Happy New Year to you all too.

  • Mike Nelson Pedde December 31, 2010 07:28 pm

    John Murray has also created a set of 2011 calendar template .png files (bigger ones) and made them available on his site. That link and another idea are available here: http://www.wolfnowl.com/2010/12/2011-photo-calendars/

    Mike.

    P.S. More Lightroom links, tips and tutorials (links to over 170 sites, including this one) are available at: http://bit.ly/LRTips

  • Lloyd Barnes December 31, 2010 07:17 pm

    Cool idea and resources - thanks and Happy New Year!

  • Steve December 31, 2010 05:43 pm

    Where to get this turned into an actual calendar? Specific services to do this?

  • Chen December 31, 2010 04:42 pm

    Nice! This is great for my wife as her first project in the new year.

  • Meredith December 31, 2010 03:32 pm

    Wow! This is so neat. Thank you so much.

  • RebounD11 December 31, 2010 01:51 pm

    This would have been great a little before Xmas... Personalized Calendars make great gifts... but it's a good article nonetheless.

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