Lightroom Presets – Calendar Print Templates
I gotta tell ya, today’s presets are an awesome way to kick off the first post of the new year. Honestly, I think they’re going to be hard ones to top. That’s probably because I didn’t create them 🙂
Blog reader and photographer, Ed Weaver, sent me a message on my Facebook account, (just click LIKE to follow me there) the other day with some presets he had developed. Once I saw his sample image I immediately said to myself, “I wish I had thought of that!”. I didn’t, but luckily Ed was kind enough to let me share the presets here on the blog.
Before we go any further, here’s an example (click to see it larger):
Installing the presets is a little bit different than normal. Here’s a link to a quick video I did this morning.
1) First, download the zip file here.
2) Unzip the file. You’ll see two folders, “Calendar Presets” and “Calendar PSDs”
3) Go to your Lightroom Preferences (Mac: Lightroom > Preferences | PC: Edit > Preferences) and go to the Presets tab.
4) Click on the button that reads “Show Lightroom Presets Folder”
5) Navigate folders to Lightroom > Print Templates and copy the “Calendar Presets” folder there.
6) Restart Lightroom. You won’t see the presets if you don’t.
7) Now drag the “Calendar PSDs” folder over your Lightroom icon to import, or simply import them through File > Import. These PSD files contain all of the calendars for the months of the year.
8. Once they’re there, go to your Presets panel in the Print module (NOT THE DEVELOP MODULE) and click on one of the calendar presets.
9) At this point, things work just like any other Custom Print Package in Lightroom 3. You drag your photo from the filmstrip into the placeholder. Then you drag all of the months of the year into their placeholders as well (you’ve got to do it 1 by 1). I find it helps to create a “Calendar” collection with all of the months in it and add the photo to the same collection as well. That way you’ll have them in the same place once you’re in the Print module”.
I realize this one is a bit tricky. Again, here’s a link to a quick video I did this morning.
And let’s give a big round of applause to Ed Weaver for sharing these. Thanks Ed, you ROCK! I appreciate it and I know everyone here does as well. Let us know what you think. Enjoy!
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I thought the LR Print Templates needed to have an .lrtemplate extension
and not a .psd or.jpg
The calendar templates for 2012 are released. Go and get them: http://aurora-foto.se/lightroom-calendar-template/
Hello! Will there be a 2013 calendar template release? Cheers
Thanks for the 2012 calendars Dave
I know this is an old post but could you tell me how to change the calender psd files to update for 2012 ?
I have created a set of PSDs for 2012 for use with the template. Download at:
I gave these a test and order a couple 8.5×11 prints. I didn’t like the way the text came out on the calendars. I also added a white border around them to increase spacing between them. I think that might have caused some of the text to be cut off on top and bottom. The text just looks too faint and isn’t legible until you get really close. Maybe a different font?
Worked well for me – thanks a million!
(And thanks for the trick of the quick import – that will save me some time in the future :))
I don’t seem to have a Print Templates folder in my LR3. Anone know what to do?
Yup,same problem here 🙁
No Print Templates folder for me either… anyone figure this out yet?
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is this only for lightroom 3? I’ve tried with my lightroom 2.7 and its not working (the presents are there but they do nothing but stand in the way of good time management) Any help its appreciated
Yep. Definitely only a LR 3 feature.
I’ve installed the preset by following the instructions and they appear in the Print > Presets section… However, hovering over the presets, they appear blank and cannot be clicked. If anybody has a solution for this, please let me know.
great tutorial! 😀
having seen this, i wonder, is it possible to create a template in illustrator which could be imported into lightroom?
@Victor: You can use any software you want that can output a jpg, psd or other file that Lightroom can handle and print. I’m no Illustrator expert but I guess you can create a template in Illustrator and save the output as a jpg that then can be imported into Lightroom and used in the calendar print preset.
thanks, always love your presets!
Brilliant! Thanks to Ed for sharing and thanks to Matt for the video and instructions. I’m new to Lightroom and this site is really helping me get comfortable in ‘my new photo editing home’. Thanks again!
many thanks Matt for this awesome preset…it’s really tricky but fine.
Here’s a way to create a 12 month template just once and avoid the repeated drag and drop.
1. Create a 12-month calendar using the presets Ed provided: drag and drop each month into place – but don’t place an image into the print cell.
2. Print the calendar preset to a file (Print To: JPEG File).
3. Import the calendar file into LR and place it in the calendar Collection you created when you set up Ed’s presets.
4. Select the new calendar file and go to the Print module and select the Custom Print module. (Make sure the page size matches your template size.)
5. Now your 12 month calendar should fit on the page with all the months in place.
6. The last thing is to add a new print cell to the page and manually rag it to fit the remaining space.
Now you can drag any image into the new cell without having to drag the monthly calendars in one by one.
Great post and great presets. Big thanks to both Matt and Ed to share this.
Since not everybody are English speaking and Sunday is not the first day of the week in the entire world, I’ve made a Swedish translation and rearrangement of the days in some new calendar templates. I’ve also made some additional Print presets for these calendars using A4 paper size (both updated Ed’s letter size presets and added a couple new ones).
You can download these, as well as the full layered psd files if you want to make new calendar templates in another language here:
Again, thanks Matt and Ed for sharing!
nice tip. can you do one about sharpening and noise reduction.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away, I decided to make photo calendars as gifts one year.
I had to create a layout, send out to have the type set, (who else remembers commercial type setters?) paste it up, send that out to have film made, then contact print the calendar film while masking the area for the photo, swap the mask, print the photo, then finally develop the print. I only did this ONCE!
Light Room makes this so easy! A great idea, now I can give gifts again!
Matt, Happy New Year buddy! What can I say you totally rock dude! I always pick up little gems from you. This one’s a diamond. I see endless self promotional opportunities with these calendar templates.
P.S. I have a request for a post on Stacks in LR 3. Don’t really understand them. I’d be super jazzed if you’d do an in depth post on them some day.
P.P.S. LR has totally changed my post production life. I’m a professional photographer and shoot everything 100% RAW. It allows me to get my digital 95% there before hitting up CS3 for some quick retouching or befoer dropping my image folders on to some Droplets I’ve created to automate my retouching.
Be well my friend and THANK YOU for sharing you knowledge!
Thanks for the calendar.
Do these presets work only with LR ver 3.0?
I have ver 2.3 and the presets appear on the Presets panel but nothing happens when you click on them
I have LR 2.6 and have the same problem. Bummer!
Me likewise – the preview window changes shape as you roll over the templates but no detail appears – shame because the facility looks great!
This is a great post, and must have been a lot of work to prepare, thanks a lot for making it easy for all lazy us :).
Fantastic! I just printing out a 17 x 22 from my trip to Cinque Terre. It is gorgeous! Is there any way to permanently fix the months into the presets so that when I change my picture I don’t have to reload the months? I saw the suggestion above about making jpg of the calendar and using it as the identity plate. Is there a better way?
Thanks for all you do for us Lightroom users.
Hi Michael, See my post on saving the annual calendar. I’ve done it on letter size but there’s no reason it wouldn’t work on 17×22.
Yep, great preset, my partner has been asking me to make a custom family calender. I have everything all set and inside the collection, but is there a way to save these out for the future or just for layout purposes in case you want to edit your choice of photo selections or print multiples at a later time. Can you do this? I am just missing something. Great easy concept though. Thanks Ed.
I don’t think you can save the layout with pictures, but you could print it out to a jpeg or pdf file for printing at a later time.
A big thanks to Ed for a great preset. And the same props to Matt for the crystal-clear explanantion– I would never have gotten this into Lightroom without your tips.. Great start to the New Year!!
One thing I noticed is that March has only 30 days on the template! “Thirty days has September, April, June and November……”
The April template is right, though! 😀
Sorry about that!! I knew I’d miss one!! If you, or anyone else, would like the updated March, send me an email and I’ll get one to you.
Thanks Ed for sharing this technique. I have been creating calendars in Lr for several years now using the identity plate option. I like the flexiblity of your method alot.
If Matt doesn’t mine I am following Ed’s offer of a free download at my site here is a link for anyone looking for a Monthly calendar that fits on a 8 1/2 x 11 format – http://camerasview.com/?p=546
NOTE: Developed on PC so I am not sure if they will work on a Mac.
After unzipping the templates and are added to Lr as described by Matt.
Thanks again Ed and Matt.
Thank you very much – saved me a lot of valuable time
For anyone who has problems with the layout (screwed up pages) here’s a tip.
Install a driver for a large-format printer like the Epson Stylus Pro 9900.
Make sure that you don’t make it your default printer because you cannot really print to it.
In the page setup of the Print module select this large-format printer and select a large paper-size. Now all (calendar) templates will fit correctly on the ‘paper’.
When you’re ready with the design and adding the photo’s just print it to file. You then get a large jpeg file that you can print on A4/Letter or other formats.
Thanks Richard. Worked for me!
Great idea and have them installed! Looking forward to 2012 PSD updates LOL
Great presets and thank you to Ed and Matt. Regards, Robert
Thanks for the great preset! I was able to get the 8.5 x 11 presets to work a couple of times but then had trouble. The preview of the preset looks right but the page itself is set to the wrong orientation therefore the preset is screwed up on the page! I could not find anywhere to change the actual dimensions of the existing page. If you provide us with this info, then I can make the preset work for me!
Video doesn’t work and instructions clarity wanes by step 7
Great preset, and you can edit a copy of each month in photoshop, from the develope
module for “special days” such as birthdays or an anniversary. I really love it. ffm
Can you tell me how you edited the pages in ps? I would like to be able to put birthdays and special occasions on their respected days. I work on a mac and I have ps cs5.
This is a great set of presets to start the year. I’d be really interested in a quick tutorial on how he laid out the calendar in Ps. I’m thinking there has to be an easier way than the one I’ve come up with to replicate the capability.
I’d also love a tutorial (maybe you’ve done it and, as my teenager would say, I’m demonstrating epic failure at searching today, on how to create custom print packages in Lr.
I’d like to tell you I had some special trick for creating this in Photoshop but the truth is I didn’t use Photoshop at all. I started that way but it was just to cumbersome for me.
I have Mac’s so here is what I did.
I used Pages to make the templates. Its very fast to create a table, with everything easily modifiable. The original template took less than ten minutes. The only trick is, after you have the table you like, goto Page Setup and create a custom paper size that’s the same size as your table. That way there will be no white borders around the calendar. I saved it as a Template so I can use it over and over. Then I just typed in the months and dates. You can change the fonts, colors, borders, sizes etc..
Here is the fun part!
The sequence that I used getting from Pages to a PSD is as follows:
Export from Pages to a PDF file. Use Best
Open PDF in Preview, Save As a PSD with the DPI set to 240.
That’s it! You now have a file that Lightroom will accept. It takes longer to read this, than create the PSD!
I hope that helps!
PS If you still have trouble, send me an email and I could send you a sample Pages document.
Great! Nice to see a complete new kind of blog item. In this series it would also be nice to see a DVD box inlay. Anyone made a template already?
Really a lovely preset BUT almost useless for me since I’m from Sweden and we’re starting our weeks on Mondays … and also we’re not having the same papersizes over here 😉 I sent Ed a note about it. I can do my own psd files using his as a guide though. Thank you for thinking it a good idea to share it with us 🙂
Hey Matt & Ed, thanks for sharing this. I see great potential in this custom calendar. I was wondering who could print this or where I could get this printed? Don’t have a printer & would love to market these to clients.
I bet Mpix could do this for you. They’re terrific and ship out very quickly! http://www.mpix.com
Thanks, guys! Now I know what to give to family members this week! 🙂 🙂
I have one suggestion for version 2,0 though – Maybe you could make a calendar set that starts the week on Mondays – as the Europeans are used to!
I imported all as you said,, I see the templates in the print module.. When you hover over it you see it correctly in the preview.. But when you click on the template it does not work as advertised.
This is in the 13×19 and the 17×22 I am guessing I have to change the page setup for that to work correctly? is that correct?
I was expecting if I was printing to a jpeg I would not have to change..
Am I on the right track..
As always thanks for the work.
Thanks for this great preset!!!!
Wow. This is allowing me to truly see the power of the LR3 Print Module for the first time. I dont think Im the one to make it happen, but I predict well be seeing full blown album design templates (or press cards, etc.) coming very soon.
Actually, if you pause it and restart it a couple times you can get the audio.
Hey folks. If any of you have problems where the sizes or templates don’t look right, it may be because your printer doesn’t support those sizes. You can still use this though, but you’ll have to create your own size print and just drag-n-drop the calendar files on to the page itself. It’s a little more work, but when you’ve done it once, save it as a preset and then you won’t have to do it anymore.
– Matt K
When I drag and drop the calendar file to a new page it deletes and make everything to “page 1”? I don’t understand this and I am getting frustrated!
Thank you so much!!! I have been asked to be involved with a fundraiser for a young mother of two pre-schoolers who has stage 4 cancer. She doesn’t have long,… so I will use this for taking family photos for calenders with the proceeds donated to her family. THANK YOU!
I love your presets. I do a lot of work in lightroom. Also, I teach computer classes and do some computer consulting. I know you probably use a MAC. But, since I teach computer courses to businesses, I have to stay in the PC World. I’m looking at applications to use to create video tutorials on Windows 7. Do you have any suggestions? I’m thinking about Adobe’s Captivate.
I am not a friend of the print module… I really don’t get the hang of it 🙁
How the hell do I make 12 pages with the presets in every page?
The big glitch in my well used brain is how to “save” my prints? Some times the printing I have recently done appears when I a go from library to print but seldom when I want it to… *sigh* And yes, I have Scotts book of LR and am a proud owner of a brand new book called “layers”, written by a fantastic author.
I lost you at the .PSD files. I’m on a Win 7 machine, not a Mac, so I can’t drag onto my icon for LR3.
Chose File, then Import (Photos? From Catalog?). That opens the import dialogue, but am I creating a new folder? Your video looks like I am creating a new collection. Maybe if there was sound to the video, it would help. Really would like to use this template…it looks great!!
Nevermind….got it figured out. Just a simple import into the catalog, then make a collection.
Thanks to Ed & you too Matt for sharing; though i can only use the 8.5×11 full year; the rest don’t seem to be working for me 🙁 any ideas?
Thanks to Ed for letting Matt share these! Very cool. Happy New Year.
Ok I’m having trouble. I’ve got it all into LR but it’s not properly laid out. The boxes are overlapping each other and nothing is centered. Am I supposed to change the page layout? I tried setting it to 8.5 x 11 but it did not make it look any better.
What am I doing wrong?
I love the idea, and I took it one step further. I found it cumbersome to get the photo and the calendar months all together, so I created an identity plate using a jpeg of all of the calendar months together. (I printed to jpeg using the 8-1/2 X 11 12-month calendar, then cropped to get a jpeg of just the 12 months). Next I set up a new custom package with one photo at the top, and selected the calendar jpeg as an identy plate, which I could then position and size as desired. With this setup, I always have access to the 12-month calendar.
By the way, I had the same problem with the comment function, it defaulted to a previous commenter and showed me his information.
sorry–this is kinda funny though…the comment box problem. But as i posted earlier, i’ve installed the calendar presets…reopened lightroom and see them in the template browser…but as i curser over them or try to select one…the preview window shows a blank white page that changes it’s orientation only and the working main window doesn’t do anything. any help?
I am Tom, and already posted a comment, the video works but not the sound in the video.
Something’s odd about your comment box – I’m not Tom and shouldn’t be seeing his information or commenting as him.
But I do like the calendar idea and will have to try it out later.
Video works, the sound doesn’t?
Love this..thanks for the link. I installed as you explained. in Print module..i see the calendar presets in the template browser…but when i select any of them they don’t populate in the window at all. Any idea what might be happening?
Excellent presets!!! Thx for sharing!