Jeffrey’s Photoshop Calendar-Template-Building Script
Photo-calendar created with Jeffrey's Photoshop Calendar-Building Script
(http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/calendar/)
Calendar Built With My Photoshop Script
Landscape Mode

(This page last updated November 1, 2012 with pre-built PSDs for 2013, 2014, and 2015.)

I've made a Photoshop JavaScript script that builds calendars. The result of running it in Photoshop (CS2 or later) is a Photoshop document with half a dozen or so layers that you can then tweak and modify, add your own image to, etc.

It has a number of nice features:

  • It leaves the components of the calendar in separate layers, so that you can modify them at will
  • It can build calendars in English or 56 other languages
  • It supports personal annotations (holidays, birthdays, etc.)
  • It has both Landscape and Portrait modes
  • It can include week numbers (two different week-number standards are supported)
  • You can have weeks begin on Sunday or Monday
  • The calendar is built specifically for the paper size you select
  • You can configure much more by editing the script itself

Details follow below, but first, for your downloading pleasure...

Download Photoshop Calendar-Building Script
Version 10: Jeffrey's Calendar Builder.jsx       (version history)

Pre-built zip archives of sample PSD files (at 300 DPI)
(In case you don't want to — or can't — run the script)

2015

2014

2013

Photo-calendar created
with Jeffrey's Photoshop Calendar-Building Script
(http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/calendar/)
full exif & map
Portrait Mode

Overview

The script, which runs on Photoshop CS2 or later, should work the same on both Windows and Mac, although I'll show screenshots of it with Windows.

Running the script brings up a dialog which allows for calendar configuration (page size, etc.), but a copy of the script can be edited itself for fine-tuned control over fonts, sizes, margins, etc. The result of the script is a Photoshop document with a dozen or so layers, which can then be modified/tweaked.

My goal in building this was to make landscape-mode loose-leaf calendars that my wife and I can use for our daily/weekly schedules (e.g. “preschool field trip is tomorrow”, “such-and-such a friend visiting on Sunday”, etc.). As such, I want something that is a calendar when viewed up close.... yet, when viewed from afar, it's art. That's the goal, at least.

Installing and Invoking

You can install/invoke the script in two ways:

  1. Download the script file, Jeffrey's Calendar Builder.jsx, to a convenient place, such as your desktop, then click on it. It should launch Photoshop if it's not already running, and switch to it. (If it doesn't, right-click on the script file and “Open with” Photoshop.)

    or,

  2. Install the script file to your Photoshop Scripts folder. On my Windows machine, my CS4 folder is:

    \Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Scripts\

    on the root drive. (After installing or renaming any file here, be sure to restart Photoshop if it had been open.)

    Then, you can invoke the script from within Photoshop's File > Scripts menu item:

    How to invoke a JavaScript script from within Photoshop

Simple Calendar-Building with the Dialog

When executed, you are prompted for details on the calendar to be made:

Calendar-creation dialog from Jeffrey's
Calendar-Building Photoshop script
(http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/calendar/)

Photoshop Layers pallete showing the result of building a calendar
with Jeffrey's Calendar-Building Photoshop script
(http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/calendar/)

At its most simple, just select the target year and month (or select the month “All” to build 12 separate calendars), adjust the calendar style settings and the paper size to your liking, and press the “Okay” button.

The script will churn away a bit, building the calendar in a new document, leaving you with a dozen or so layers like those shown at right.

Layers making up the calendar include text layers for the month and year text, rasterized layers with text for the names of the days of the week (“Sun-Sat” in the example at right) and dates (“1-31” in the example), and the calendar grid.

The look and feel of the calendar can be changed greatly just by adjusting the style and opacity of the various layers. Small changes can have large effects on the result. Play around. (If you come across a result you really like, please tell me about it.)

Inserting a Picture

There's an empty layer named “Paste Your Photo Here” which is where, of course, you should place the photo you want to use. Actually, it needn't be on that layer, but simply within the “Picture Mask” layerset, as the mask provides a pleasing (to me, at least) drop off toward white all around the edges.

As a shorthand, if you have an image open in Photoshop when you invoke the script, it will be placed within the “Paste Your Photo Here” calendar layer, resized so that it fully fills the canvas. This works only when the already-open document has just a single layer. If you don't care for the automatic resize, you can just delete the layer and replace it with one you like.

In any case, once you drop in your picture and move/resize to suit your taste, by all means, adjust the mask as well. Sometimes it works well when the image extends all the way to the edge, and sometimes it's better to reduce the image to the center only.

Attribution and Description

There's an “attrib” layer with an attribution for the calendar. The script puts the url for this page there, but you'll likely want to change that to your home page, a copyright notice for the image, etc. Or perhaps just get rid of it. It's up to you.

There's also an “Image Description” text layer whose visibility defaults to off. It's just one idea for an image-description note: replace its text with an image description or any text of your choosing (I used “Natalie and Alan, July 14, 2006” in the first example above) and make it visible. It'll show up in the lower-right of the image.

Copyright

You own the copyright for any calendar you make. I own the copyright on the script, but not on its output. You can change the output — the document the script creates — in any way you like.

Of course, if you add a photo to the calendar, as with the use of any image, be sure you're allowed the use the image.

Options

Some of the items in the dialog are not necessarily self explanatory, so I'll go over them here...

Language

Choose English for the month and day names, or select from among: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Russian, Scots, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Tok Pisin, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, or Welsh.

I pulled most of the language data from this page, and had to take a guess at what font to apply for many of them. I don't even know whether some of those are real languages. Please let me know if you run into troubles.

Week Numbers

I guess it's popular in some parts of the world to annotate a calendar with week numbers, but I'd never heard of the idea until someone requested it. It turns out that there are two common but conflicting ways to count weeks:

  1. the common-sense approach (“Week 1” is the week with January 1st in it)
  2. the ISO 8601 standard (“Week 1” is the week with the first Thursday of the year in it)

In the dialog, the selection for Show Week Numbers can be changed from “No” to “at Left” or “at Right,” to indicate that you want week numbers and where the extra column should be placed. You can also select between the two methods for counting weeks.

Image Orientation

Image orientation does not refer to how you load the paper in the printer, but to what style of calendar to make. The example at the top from my brother's wedding is in Landscape style. The example with my little boy is in Portrait mode.

Annotations

Annotations (adding holidays, birthdays, etc.) are covered in a later section.

Rasterize & Merge Most Text Layers

This option is turned on by default, and compresses the many individual date-number layers (“1”, “2”, ... “31”) into one layer by rasterizing and merging. The same grouping is done for the day names (“Monday”, “Tuesday”...) and the week numbers, if you've requested them.

The advantage to this is that you can then adjust the look and feel of all the dates (or days or week numbers) at once by adjusting the style of the merged layer.

The disadvantage is that you can't adjust the font or size of the text, or other text-specific things, because the individual text layers no longer exist.

Thus, by unchecking this option, you can choose to leave the individual text layers intact. When this is done, they're put into their own group to reduce visual clutter in the Layer pallet.

Auto Save

When auto-save is turned on, the newly-created document or documents are automatically saved to files. The Directory element indicates where they should be saved to, while the PSD Filename Pattern indicates how the files should be named.

Within the filename pattern, the sequences “MM” and “YYYY” are replaced by the month and year numbers of the calendar (two and four digits each, respectively). For example, with a pattern of “Calendar_YYYY_MM”, the calendar for April 2013 will be named “Calendar_2013_04.PSD”.

Saving your Config

If you tend to always want options that differ from the defaults (different language, paper size, etc.), then set them as you like and press the “Save” button in the “Default Configuration” section of the dialog. It writes your selections to a file that's read automatically when the script starts.

Pressing the “Delete” button deletes that file, so you end up with the as-downloaded set of defaults. For safety, you have to first check a box to enable the delete button.

Printing

Because some layers are rasterized, it's best if you can print at exactly 100%, with no resizing. This should be automatic if you select the proper paper size, DPI, and reasonable page margins.

I have a Canon XP810, and find that Canon's “High-Resolution Photo Matte Paper” MP-101 to be perfect. It looks and feels like normal printer paper, albeit of a bit heavier stock. It's 100% Matte — not a bit of glossy, so you can write on it with a pencil or pen.

Annotations

You can have the script add annotations to certain dates, based upon lists found in external files. The support for annotations is rudimentary at best, but it's useful for marking holidays, birthdays, and other dates that might be important to you.

When annotations are turned on, the script reads an annotation file (the default for a 2010 calendar, for example, is “CalendarData2010.txt” in your home directory). Here's an example:

  [FontColor=0%,0%,100%] # use blue for the annotation text

  # Holidays that are on the same date every year
  01-01  New Year's Day
  02-14  St. Valentine's Day
  12-31  New Year's Eve

  # 2010 version for items with floating dates
  2010-03-07  Daylight Saving Time Starts>BR<(clocks ahead 1 hour)
  2010-05-09  Mother's Day
  2010-06-20  Father's Day
  2010-11-07  Daylight Saving Time Ends>BR<(clocks back 1 hour)

The basic format is fairly simple:

  • Blank lines and lines beginning with “#” are ignored.
  • Annotation lines have a date followed by the annotation, where the date can be Year-Month-Day or just Month-Day. (You can use “/” or “-” as the separator in the date.)
  • The annotation itself may have “<BR>” to force a line break so that the annotation appears on multiple lines in its date box.
  • Annotation lines may prefixed with special “[...]” settings, as described below.

Dates without a year apply to a calendar of any year, while those with a year apply only to calendars made for that year. This allows you to add year-specific items to the annotation file without worrying that they might show up on a different year's calendar.

Special “[...]” Annotation Settings

The following special “[...]” settings may be prepended to an annotation line, or, as we'll seen in a bit, stand on their own to apply to all subsequent lines....

[FontSize=num%]
Changes the font size of the annotation, relative to the default. For example,
   [FontSize=200%]  2/30  My Birthday!
   [FontSize=50%]   7/27  Mother-in-law's Birthday
[FontName=name]

Changes the font for the annotation to the one whose name is given. You must use Photoshop's internal name for the font, which is often not apparent from the name presented in the font dialog. See my post on discovering Photoshop internal font names for the name to use here for any given font.

Here's an example showing a Japanese holiday:

   [FontName=MS-Mincho]  05/05 こどもの日

By the way, be sure to use the ASCII or UTF-8 character encodings for the file.

[FontColor=red, green, blue]
[FontColor=red%, green%, blue%]
Sets the color of the annotation font, as an RGB setting. The default is black (0,0,0 or 0%,0%,0%). You can use percents (with each number ranging from 0% to 100%) or the more traditional raw values, where the numbers range from 0 to 255. For example:
   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%] 6-18  Red Letter Day!
   [FontColor=255,0,0]   11-22  Also a red-letter day
   [FontColor=0,100%,0]  03/17  St. Patrick's Day
[FontOpacity=num%]
Sets the font opacity (100% is normal, 0% is invisible).

If these special settings appear on a line without annotation data, as the first FontColor line in the example at the top of this section, the setting applies to all subsequent lines.

This example shows three holidays to be printed in red:

   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%] 2010-04-04  Easter
   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]      10/01  All Saint's Day
   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]      12/25  Christmas

The following is just about the same:

   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]
   2010-04-04  Easter
        10/01  All Saint's Day
        12/25  Christmas

except that the any lines that might be subsequently added to the end will also get the red font. This last point brings up the idea of contexts....

Annotation Contexts

You can surround a group of settings and annotations with <CONTEXT> ... </CONTEXT> to isolate any settings made within the group from applying after the group.

   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%] 2010-04-04  Easter
   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]      10/01  All Saint's Day
   [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]      12/25  Christmas
   2010-02-17  Ash Wednesday

has “Ash Wednesday” printed in the default black, exactly the same as:

   <CONTEXT>
       [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]
       2010-04-04  Easter
            10/01  All Saint's Day
            12/25  Christmas
   </CONTEXT>
   2010-02-17  Ash Wednesday

This might be convenient for clarity when you have various sections of grouped entries...

   # US Federal holidays are in red, with a small font
   <CONTEXT>
       [FontColor=100%,0%,0%]
       [FontSize=80%]
       2010-05-31  Memorial Day
            07-04  Independence Day
       2010-09-06  Labor Day
       2010-10-11  Columbus Day
       2010-11-11  Veterans Day
       2010-11-25  Thanksgiving
   </CONTEXT>

   # Japanese holidays need their special font
   </CONTEXT>
      [FontName=MS-Mincho]
      01/01 元日
      05/05 こどもの日
      12/23 天皇誕生日
   </CONTEXT>

   # Birthdays are noted quietly
   </CONTEXT>
      [FontOpacity=30%]
      [FontSize=80%]
       4/12 David Letterman's birthday
       4/15 Dave Filo's birthday
      12/06 Steven Wright's birthday
   </CONTEXT>

Importing and Including Annotation Data

Within your annotation-data file you can have import and include lines like:

   INCLUDE "filename"
   IMPORT  "filename"

Both allow you to reference annotations in other files, with the difference being that INCLUDE does not remember any settings changed in the file, while IMPORT does. Consider this example:

  INCLUDE "US-Holidays-2010.txt"
  INCLUDE "US-Family-Birthdays.txt"

  IMPORT "My-Favorite-Japanese-Settings.txt"

  INCLUDE "Japanese-Holidays-2010.txt"
  INCLUDE "Japan-Family-Birthdays.txt"

IMPORT is used for the Japanese Settings file (font changes, etc.) so that those changes remain and apply to subsequent lines (those found in the two INCLUDE files that follow).

This allows you to create sets of annotations that you can then easily mix and match when creating specific calendars. I use different sets of files depending on whether I'm making a calendar for myself, my folks (who don't read Japanese), or my Japanese-speaking in-laws.

More on File Management

To make it easier to reuse annotation files year after year, you can put the year in an individual entry's date so that it is safely ignored when creating a calendar for a different year.

You can also segregate items into different files, putting year-specific annotations into files with the year in the name.

In filenames provided on include/import lines and in the script's configuration dialog where you provide the annotation-data filename, any set of four upper-case 'Y' in a row are replaced by the target year for the calendar. The default filename is “CalendarDataYYYY.txt” which means that “CalendarData2010.txt” is actually read for a 2010calendar.

The previous import/include example would be better written with that in mind, so that year-specific annotation files are read only when creating a calendar for the appropriate year:

  INCLUDE "US-Holidays-YYYY.txt"
  INCLUDE "US-Family-Birthdays.txt"

  IMPORT "My-Favorite-Japanese-Settings.txt"

  INCLUDE "Japanese-Holidays-YYYY.txt"
  INCLUDE "Japan-Family-Birthdays.txt"

Sample Annotation Data

Here are sample annotation-data files with some US holidays to get you started:

CalendarDataUS2015.txt
CalendarDataUS2014.txt
CalendarDataUS2013.txt
CalendarDataUS2012.txt
CalendarDataUS2011.txt

You can find lots of info on holidays for countries, religions, and cultures around the world at TimeAndDate.com, and, of course, at Wikipedia.

Future

It's a bit more full-featured than earlier versions, but it still has a ways to go. Some enhancements I can think of:

  • Better font control.
  • Putting the small previous-month / next month calendars in there somewhere.
  • Add a variety of layout options.

Let me know what you think.

I can't help wondering whether there's a feature of Photoshop whereby I could leave all the text unrasterized, yet allow one-stop tweaking of fonts and margins. With my understanding as it is now, if all the date numbers are left as individual text layers, each must be visited individually to, say, change the font. If there's a simple solution to this, please let me know.

At least with this script, you can make the change in the script, just once, and then run it.

Enjoy.


Version History

Version 10
Sep 1, 2013

Fixed a misspelling in the dialog.

Version 9
Nov 2, 2012

Updated the Hebrew translations. Fixed a bug in the processing of the calendar-data filename.

Version 8
Nov 22, 2010

Turns out that a month could end up being a day short if daylight savings time ends on the last day of the month (as it does in Norway in 10/2011). Thanks to Arve Hansen for the fix.

Version 7
Jan 22, 2010

Added support for Lithuanian. Tidied up the opening dialog a bit.

Version 6
Jan 26, 2009

I made these changes over a year ago, but forgot to release it as a new version. Doh!

  • The big change is that I added ability to put a year in a holiday line, in the form “{2009}”, and have it be replaced by the difference from that year to the calendar year. Thus, an entry like

         5/16  Our Anniversary ({1998})
    

    shows up on the 2009 calendar as

    Our Anniversary (11)

  • I also fixed the default year computation: in the 2nd half of the year, it now defaults to next year.
  • Added 4R paper size.
  • Broke out single-number “margins” to individual top/bottom/right/left margins This is sort of fake in that there's no benefit to having both left and right instead of a generic “width”
Version 5
Dec 24, 2007
  • Changes suggested by Ingus: fixes to Latvian translations; handle multiple line breaks on an annotation line.
Version 4
Dec 23, 2007
  • Although I added A3 and A5 paper sizes in the previous release, I hadn't really tested them, and it turns out that I forgot to scale the various font sizes and item spacing that I used for A4 and Letter paper. This release fixes that.
Version 3
Oct 31, 2007
  • Per request, I added A3 and A5 sized paper selections.
  • Per request, you can set weeks to start on any day, not just Sunday or Monday.
  • Fixed the “February becomes March” bug.
Version 3b1
Sep 26, 2007
  • Can now create calendars in 58 languages.
  • Added ability to display week numbers.
  • Added ability to change annotation font name/size/color/opacity.
  • Added ability to force linebreaks in annotation text.
  • Added import/include/<context> support to annotation file.
  • Annotation filename specifications with “YYYY” auto-convert to the calendar's target year.
  • Can now include the year in an annotation's date, and have that entry be safely ignored for other years.
  • Added annotation data filename to the config dialog.
  • Added tool-tips to the configuration dialog.
  • Added ability to save the current configuration as the local default.
  • Added ability to turn off annotations in the config dialog.
  • Can now leave text layers un-rasterized and un-merged.
Version 2
Dec 15, 2006
New features:
  • Added the ability to populate the calendar with holiday/birthdays/etc data read from a file.
  • Added an “auto save” feature, particularly useful when generating whole-year templates for distribution.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed the “weeks start on Monday” option, which had been broken when building all months in one shot.
  • Fixed the pre-set margins and such for Portrait mode actually work properly (see an example above).
  • It now references only fonts that come standard with Photoshop (as of CS2). I thought that's what I'd done, but it turns out that I had some other fonts (perhaps from CS1, or from other Creative-Suite programs).
Version 1
Dec 4, 2006
Initial Release
 
 

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Awesome… was looking for a starting point for my calendar…

— comment by Ryan Bb on July 14th, 2012 at 11:10am JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

This is a great help for making a calendar for a school fundraiser but I have a couple of problems. First a bit of background. My wife’s school dance team is doing an activities calendar for the upcoming school year with sports dates, etc on the calendar. I am running into two problems. The first one is when the calendar is being generated, the annotations have been rearranged for dates when there are multiple items per day. For instance, on the date for the first day of school, I typed “First Day of School” first in the annotations followed by the athletic events and times but on the calendar, the events show up first and the “First Day of School” last. It almost look like it is alphabetizing the items on its own.

My second issue is I would like for one or two listed events on certain days to be a different color from the rest of the listed events. I have tried several different ways which you showed to change the colors but the entire days events still show up as the alternate color I want to use for just the one item. Thank you in advance for your help.

Your best bet is to have the thing generated however it does, but keeping the text as separate layers. You can then edit them manually before printing. It’s not ideal, but it’ll get the job done. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on July 26th, 2012 at 3:17am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeff – did you ever do a Year At A Glance” format? That’s what I want – 2013

Gord Perry
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada

gordperryphoto@shaw.ca

No, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on August 8th, 2012 at 4:30am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

How can i change the colors of calendar numbers/boxes etc.?

Find in the scrip where they’re made, and update it there. Or, after the fact, add a hue/saturation layer and apply it to the group of what you want to change. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alo on October 2nd, 2012 at 11:36pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeff!! Using this for the 2nd year in a row … you rock ! South Africa Aids Charity initiative “Beauty and the Virus 2013″ appreciates the layout GREATLY !

— comment by Tracy on October 21st, 2012 at 5:28am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Really hoping you have a 2013 version soon. Thanks so much for doing this.
Chris

Done. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on October 25th, 2012 at 6:12am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey – best wishes from South Africa!
Thanks so much for sharing this outstanding piece of work with us.
At 76, I’m a newbie to scripts, but with guidance like that which you provide, I’ve found it plain sailing. I’ve made A3 and A4 calendars for children and grandchildren (Portrait mode), with thumbnail photos on the “birthday squares”, and with Sunday day-numbers in red. Public holidays also red, and special days blue. Some calendars in English, some in Afrikaans. The pleasure I get out of doing the calendars is enormous and the feedback from the kids is hugely gratifying.
Everything of the best to you, Jeffrey –
André

— comment by André de Villiers on November 16th, 2012 at 7:17pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey.
thanks for the terrific template. When I type in an image description on the relevant layer, it does not alter the default “image description” on the calendar. I make the layer visible etc but it doesn’t change. Does it need to be edited in the script and if so, how?

thank you

I’m not sure what you mean, but are you perhaps just changing the name of the layer, rather than the later text? —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on November 25th, 2012 at 6:11am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. Forgot to mention I am from Australia, so there is a time difference to consider :)

where you describe “There’s also an “Image Description” text layer whose visibility defaults to off. It’s just one idea for an image-description note: replace its text with an image description or any text of your choosing (I used “Natalie and Alan, July 14, 2006” in the first example above) and make it visible. It’ll show up in the lower-right of the image” –
I type in a description on my project, but the finished image still displays “Describe your image” rather than the text I just typed

Where are you typing your description? In the text field within the image after selecting the Text Tool, or in the layer name field? I suspect the latter. In any case, if all else fails, you can delete the layer and add as many of your own text layers as you like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on November 25th, 2012 at 7:20am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey.
yes you are correct. Typing in the layer name field. Doh!!! I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. I have worked it out now and look forward to getting 2013 calendar printed. Thank you very much.

— comment by Anonymous on November 27th, 2012 at 12:31pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you man!

— comment by Huuu on December 4th, 2012 at 3:34am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I was hoping to do a calendar to fit in a CD case (12 x 12 cm) – I notice from your script comments that additional sizes could be added ; could you give me some pointers on where I would add this size in the script. Much appreciated

Rgds, Bob

You might just try to resize the completed calendar. It’s been years and years since I looked at the code, so can’t tell you off hand how to rework it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on December 14th, 2012 at 8:44am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeff,
Good morning and Happy New Year. I discovered your Photoshop Calendar Script and would like to use it on my Mac which has Adobe Illustrator (Ai) (and not Photoshop).

I have not used any of these software before. I shall like to edit your script to generate a customized calendar. My Ai software uses CS5.5.

Can you tell me what to change to enable me run the script using Ai? Any other tips on using Ai would be very much appreciated as finding and reading stuff from the Internet can take a lot of time. I want to finish this by the end of tomorrow.
I shall insert a logo, etc

Thanks
Ben

Sorry, I don’t know anything about Illustrator. —Jeffrey

— comment by Benjamin on January 2nd, 2013 at 9:00pm JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Excellent! Since you called for suggestions.

Its be nice to use a URL for a config file, that way i don’t have to remember where my dates files is every year, it can just point to my online file.

Also, it appears that every date uses one config font, color, etc. Its be nice to break it out. For example, my Mom’s BD is 01/01 but so is New Years day. Currently I have BD’s set to red as a reminder, but Holidays set to blue.. As it is now, but New Years and My Mom’s bd are the same color rather than the different ones I identified in the file.

Just knit picking.. its Totally AWESOME!

— comment by Wesley on January 5th, 2013 at 2:11am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I am writing from Ghana.

Jeffrey I have Photoshop now.

1) When I open the picture I want to run the script on

2) I scroll to the Preset and to the script
3) I then run the script

4) How do I flatten?
5) Can the picture I want to run the script on, be in any directory at all?
Thanks
Ben

Just run the script to create the photo-less calendar, then drop the photo into the appropriate layer in the resulting document. “Layer > Flatten”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Benjamin on January 13th, 2013 at 1:21am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

You are amazing! I’m really impressed of your job and this callendar. It’s second year when I’m using it to make a gift for my son’s grandmother and also this year for grandfather too. It takes a lot of time to do it as I like, but thanks of you it’s faster.

In your project we can put the photo as a background. In my “project” my photo is next to callendar at 15cm x 10cm photo paper. Like this:

December

I’m prepaerd it like this because my son’s grandparents want see him and use the callendar too. I think you know what I mean.

And there are my questions:
1. Is it possible to make something like “style” which user could choose? E.g. this one you have now, with blessing, and other one without blessings like similar to mine.
2. When I’m using Annotations I can give them a color, but is it possible to coloured numbers too, without checking every number and changing it’s colour? E.g. in Poland (where I come from) common days are black in callendar, and Sundays and Holidays are red. Sometimes Saturdays are grey.

Thank you for all you’ve done!

Best wishes,
Paulina

I’d like to add the updates, but I haven’t dug into this code in many years. You can change the colors of all the dates a bit more easily than one-by-one by selecting them all then change the color in bulk… not ideal, but not too bad. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paulina on January 20th, 2013 at 6:10am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for creating a calendar script. Before I invest time into creating a calendar I wanted to find out if I can remove the watermark with your script on the bottom and how to do it.
I want to give a calendar as a gift to my friend.
Thank you
Samadria
samadria@gmail.com

Yes, as it says above:

There’s an “attrib” layer with an attribution for the calendar. The script puts the url for this page there, but you’ll likely want to change that to your home page, a copyright notice for the image, etc. Or perhaps just get rid of it. It’s up to you.

So you can remove it or change it as you like. The script creates a Photoshop document that you then have absolute control over. —Jeffrey

— comment by samadria on June 8th, 2013 at 10:57pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

I am writing from Italy

may i suggest you as following
1) sunday in red
2) the day of sunday in red
3) add the text ” week”
4 ) add for layer grid a layer style stroke 3 px position outside and inner bevel
5) for layer 1-31 add the stroke 3px

— comment by Antonio on July 25th, 2013 at 7:36am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey- just a quick note. I’m trying to alter the calendar sizing to a custom 340×340 in the psd. Also in the dialog box there is a typo “configuraition” in the save as default.

Great script – custom sizing in the dialog box would be a good option.

Nick : )

Thanks, I’ve fixed the typo. Custom sizing would be wonderful, but my initial design was too shortsighted to make big sizing changes (straying from A4/Letter) easy. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Nick on September 1st, 2013 at 4:28pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Would like to see a yearly option on this script, or another script. Also another option would be to change font on build.

— comment by Mike on September 4th, 2013 at 11:13am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for such a good and useful calendar script. I’d really like to see an option for a 2 line day and date style calendar where you can place it at the bottom of the page, with editable fonts and a larger month name that you can centre or left/right justify above the day and date lines so that you can use a full page, full opacity photo…

— comment by Jim on September 22nd, 2013 at 7:14am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Great script. Thank you for making this available. Learned a ton just by looking at your code and techniques. Adding the previous and next months somewhere on the calendar would be a great addition.

— comment by Matt Booty on October 24th, 2013 at 2:19pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you so much for making this helpful script available for download!

-Some guy from Montana, USA

— comment by Some Guy on November 19th, 2013 at 2:36am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you Jeffrey for making this script available

Carlos Lima from Portugal

— comment by Carlos Lima on December 28th, 2013 at 8:20pm JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

how can i create a two months per page calendar?

If your Photoshop skills are good enough, you can combine each month-only document into a combined two-month document, perhaps as Smart Objects. —Jeffrey

— comment by proccus on January 25th, 2014 at 8:00am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I am afraid my skills aren’t good enough :) Thanks anyway, I think I’ll get more pictures. By the way, I’m from Italy, Sardinia exactly

— comment by proccus on January 29th, 2014 at 6:25am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I just found this, but I want to thank you. This worked like a charm for me.

— comment by Brittany on November 7th, 2014 at 5:30am JST (7 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’ve been looking for over year now for a calendar script, which can put the dates in only one or two lines under a very large image. Something like a fine art photo calendar. Can this script do this? I have quite a few of your lightroom plug-ins, this would relly help.

Thanks

Astrid

You might be able to use this as a starting point for what you want, but out of the box it doesn’t produce what you’re describing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Astrid Hall on November 23rd, 2014 at 7:38am JST (7 months, 11 days ago) comment permalink

Can you use annotations for your calendar builder, using a Mac Computer?

Sure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ray on December 28th, 2014 at 3:16am JST (6 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

How do you make an annotation file and where do you place it.
I have a Macintosh computer.

Thank you for your kind attention

How to make it is descried on this page. Put it anywhere on your system (such as in your Documents folder) and navigate to it via the “Browse” button in the calendar-making dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sharon on December 29th, 2014 at 1:54am JST (6 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink
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