The year is coming to an end, Christmas is right around the corner and the new year is nearly here. This time of year, shops are filled with new calendars.
The problem with these calendars is that they are mass-produced to reduce costs, which means that they lack a personal touch.
Custom calendars, however, have true personality and make great gifts for Christmas.
But if you want custom calendars, you normally have to have pay more to have them made.
This is why MAGIX has integrated calendar templates into its current release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer. Now making custom calendars is as easy as pie.
Read further to find out how you can use calendar templates to create calendars with your own personal touch. They also make great last minute Christmas gifts!
Step-by-steps instructions for creating the calendar you want
Where are the calendar templates?
First you need to launch Photo & Graphic Designer. Normally when you start the program, you’re given a blank surface. On the right-hand side of the screen there are two tabs. Click on the first one (Design Gallery) to open it. You’ll see the following options:
There are several templates under Photo Calendar (gray), each of which can be freely edited and customized.
In our example, we’ve selected the template in the bottom right-hand corner.
How do you customize the calendar?
Double clicking on the template opens it in a new project. It should look like this:
There are several things you can do to redesign a template. In this article, we’ll be focusing on the basic customization options.
Replacing the picture
The biggest change you can make is swapping out the picture for another one.
You can add a new picture by dragging and dropping it on the existing image. You might get a pop-up message asking you if you want to automatically scale the new image. Confirm that you do and you should something like this:
Changing the font
To change the font used on the calendar pages, all you have to do is double click on the text with the selection tool. You can then choose another font and change the font size in the upper bar.
In our example, we also changed the year and month. There is a field for the year in each template which can be used to assign the year to each page of the calendar. The exported calendar looks like this:
You’ll want to make these changes to each month in order to customize the entire calendar.
Exporting and printing the calendar
Last but not least, you’ll want to export the finished calendar. Go to File and click on Export.
It’s a good idea to export the calendar as a PDF file, since each calendar page is on a page of its own.
You can open the saved PDF file with a PDF viewer and print it.
Now it’s your turn to create a custom calendar with Photo & Graphic Designer! If you don’t have the program, you can download it and test it for free for 30 days!