Create a Gift-Worthy Calendar in Photoshop

[Editor’s Note: You can download the 2011 version of the Shutter Sisters’ calendar templates at]

Whether you’re a photographer or artist, or you
just know how to search for images on Google and Flickr, this free 2010 mini calendar template is ideal for making customized gifts for friends, family, and clients.

Step 1
Download the template (courtesy of the Shutter Sisters photo blog) here:

Unzip the file and you’ll see a folder with twelve Photoshop files (one for each month) and an instruction page.

Step 2
Choose 13 images that will work in a horizontal format. The cover image is 4.627″ wide by 4″ high, and the monthly images are 4.627″ wide by 3.05″ high. If you don’t use your own photos or illustrations, you can find images on Google or Flickr that are in the public domain or licensed for personal and/or commercial use. To be sure you’re not violating copyright, read “Safely Find and Use Images Via Google” and check the relevant boxes on Flickr’s Advanced Search page.

Step 3
Place your images in the Photoshop files, cropping them to fit if necessary. When ready to print, choose File > Print, change the Color Management dropdown menu to Output, and check Corner Crop Marks. In older versions of Photoshop, go to File > Print with Preview, check the Show More Options box, choose Output from the dropdown menu, and check the Corner Crop Marks box.

Print onto pale-colored paper that’s substantial enough to not wilt when standing upright in a stand.

Step 4
Using the corner cropmarks, trim the pages to the right size and place them in a CD jewel box, which you can buy at an office-supply store. Wrap the jewel case with something festive, and you’re done!

image courtesy the Shutter Sisters

Posted on: December 3, 2009

9 Comments on Create a Gift-Worthy Calendar in Photoshop

  1. Photoshop desk calendar

  2. But the numbers should be better aligned.

  3. Please don’t forget us folks that still have CS2 because we CANNOT afford to upgrade – these are trying times & groceries/rent come first!!!!!

  4. Just for clarity, May has 31 days. The example you show has two of the May 30ths.

    Ron Mertz

  5. wow
    this a very simple great idea

  6. Great idea but my CD cases are a tad wider than your dimensions and when I followed your dimensions of 4.627″W x 5″ L the calendar fell thru the notches. The dimensions should be 4.75″W x 5″ L. Now I have to go back in and adjust all my images. Glad I didn’t print them all out and cut them before testing.

  7. We are doing a ‘no presents just your presence’ Christmas this year and I have been trying to think of something small that doesn’t cost anything that I could give family and friends. This is perfect! I can personalise as required and show off my own designs at the same time – thank you for sharing this!

    Marie from Australia

  8. Sometimes I only have a few days to whip out a “gift” project. I will certainly use this for 2011 et beyond!

    Thank you, merci and wooohoooo!

  9. Unfortunately these end up being flimsy pieces of crap to use.

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