How to Create a Calendar With Your Own Photos

Want a last-minute gift based on your photos? Picking thirteen photos for a photo calendar is a matter of minutes—and the rest is just clicking.

Just like when you’re creating a photo book, every bit of effort you’ve put into sorting and archiving your photos pays off when you’re picking photos for a calendar. You’ll find your prettiest photos faster so they can put a smile on the face of your recipient.


Read all about how to get a fantastically-organized photo archive:
>> Organize Photos Easily With Zoner Photo Studio’s Catalog
>> Get Organized with Ratings and Labels
>> It’s Spring Cleaning Time. Tag Your Photos!
>> Geotag Your Photos!

 

To create your calendar, use Zoner Photo Studio—the all-in-one photo software that’s also great for sorting and editing your photos.

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Work in the Create Module

Filter out selected pictures using Quick Search (Ctrl+F), and then click Create at the top right. This takes you to the Create module. Click Calendar.

Photo calendars, along with other creative outputs from your photos, are in the Create module.

Photo calendars, along with other creative outputs from your photos, are in the Create module.

Select the layout you want. Four layouts are available for the calendars that you can order to be printed from right inside of Zoner Photo Studio. You can also create your own custom layout and print it on your printer at home. The controls here also offer various templates that influence how pictures and text are laid out relative to each other.

Select one of four formats. You can order these right from inside of ZPS, or define your own format and then use your own printer.

Select one of four formats. You can order these right from inside of ZPS, or define your own format and then use your own printer.

Drag and Drop Your Selected Photos

When it comes to placing pictures, that’s really all there is to it. Just click a picture in the Filmstrip at the bottom, drag it up into the page you want, and let go.

Just drag and drop pictures into the calendar. In the Filmstrip you’ll also see numbers on some or all of your photos—these indicate how many times you’ve used a given picture in the calendar.

Just drag and drop pictures into the calendar. In the Filmstrip you’ll also see numbers on some or all of your photos—these indicate how many times you’ve used a given picture in the calendar.

Watch That Resolution!

You might see an exclamation point in an orange triangle or a red circle appearing in one or more of the photo boxes. This means that the photo doesn’t have high enough resolution, and it may not look entirely good when printed. Try using a different photo or changing the calendar template so that it doesn’t need quite such large photos. Note that even if a template lets you use a lower resolution, we strongly recommend working with pictures’ original resolution wherever you can.

Don’t worry that your pictures might be too low-resolution. If they are, the program will let you know.

Don’t worry that your pictures might be too low-resolution. If they are, the program will let you know.

Moving a Photo

To move a placed photo or make it larger, first double-click the page—this takes you from the “Pages” view to the “Preview” view. Then click the box with the photo. ZPS will show functions for basic photo edits: rotation, stretching within the box, and panning the picture. To confirm the change, click the green symbol.

You can move photos around within the boxes freely.

You can move photos around within the boxes freely.

Other Settings

Besides the calendar’s layout and template, you also can change its paper color, the font, or the marking of special days such as weekends and holidays. For the text in your calendar, either use one of the fonts that we’ve added to ZPS for use in photo products, or use any font that you have installed in Windows.

Saving Your Project for Editing or Finishing Later

Need to finish your calendar later? Then save it. To find it later, look in the opening page of the Create module. It will be in the right side panel under the various photo projects.

Once you’re satisfied with your calendar, you can print it yourself, save it to a PDF, or order it straight from Zoner Photo Studio. Just click the green Order button, fill out your delivery address, pay over PayPal, and let us deliver it to you.

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Try Zoner Photo Studio 30 days for free, and make beautiful photo calendars with your own photos for your loved ones. Guaranteed to please!

 

Note: Delivery to EU countries takes 7 business days. Delivery to other countries takes 15 business days.

Last updated 7. December 2016

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Comments

  • C J Chow

    I always read your tips and I find them very stimulating .

    • Zoner

      That’s great, keep reading! :)

  • Guillermo O.

    Thanks. How do you choose which days are holidays?

    • Zoner

      Hello Guillermo, so far it is not possible, but thank you for that idea!