Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Calendars

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The holiday season is coming and everyone is on the lookout for the perfect present for a friend or a loved one. Did you think of creating a custom present? Creating a calendar is an easy project with PaintShop Pro and you can either print it at home, or go to a local print shop for a more professional result (or simply a different size than what your printer can do). You can choose to display photos of the kids for grandma to enjoy, or photos of cars from the antique car show for Cousin Frank.

There are different types of calendars and they can take on varied format. You can have a calendar that shows the whole year below a single photo montage, or you can have different photos for each month. You can have the dates printed directely onto the page, or on a separate page. The possibilities are numerous which also means that you can create different presents using the same photos, collages, or scrapbook layouts. Although you can do everything from scratch, you might want to look into the numerous supplies available in digital scrapbook sites.

Let’s have a look at a simple way to create your own custom calendar in 6 steps:

1)      Background and photos

Assuming you want to print at home, start with a standard 8.5×11 inches blank canvas (or 2550×3300 pixels for a good 300ppi resolution). The 300 ppi resolution is a good habit to take for anything that will be printed. It does use a larger canvas but it also gives you more room to create your project and more pixels means more details. If you choose to get your project printed by a print shop, you will definitely see the difference in quality.

Image 1Add a background pattern on your canvas either with the flood fill tool (if you have a pattern that you like) or you can use a paper from a scrapbooking kit. Since the standard scrapbook paper is typically 3600×3600, you will not have to trim anything, since the excess will just not show. Generally speaking, you will want a nearly solid paper or a lightly patterned one.

Layer your photos where you want them, mainly on the top half. Since this calendar page will not be folded, it is ok to go down more if you need to. You can focus on a single photo or on a series of related photos. Crop your photos to really focus on the subject. Remove any unwanted or excess space. Do you want square photos or rectangular ones? Or round ones? Or rounded corner ones? It is the time to adjust those shapes. It is also a good time to fix colors or brightness too. Do you know that turning your photo in black and white is a great way to use photos with bad colors?

2)      Embellish it Image 2

Add various decorative elements that you might find in a scrapbook kit, in the PSP picture tubes, or you can include elements you might have extracted yourself from other photos. This

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