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Calendars with iPhoto

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I just received my 2008 calendar in the mail from Apple. As you might suspect the subject of mine is Grillin’ & Smokin’. While I will share the pictures below, I also thought I’d share how easy it is to do a calendar. This is particularly true if you are an Apple user and own a copy of iPhoto ’06 or ’08 which comes free with all new Macs. If you are a PC owner or a Mac owner who doesn’t own iLife ’06 or ‘08 , there are other photo programs out there that will create calendars. Here I will describe iPhoto, which is how I make mine. Below the description you will see samples of my 2008 calendar which features pictures items I’ve cooked in 2007.

To make a calendar you must have some photos to use. Import all of the necessary photos into iPhoto. It may be easiest if you assemble the candidate photos into an album, but this is optional. In iPhoto ’08 you hit the “+” button and choose Calendar. In iPhoto ’06 you chose the calendar icon at the bottom of the main window. You are asked to name your calendar and you are presented with a browser with a gallery of various calendar styles to choose from. Apple has some really attractive templates for your use. You specify a start and end month for the calendar and you are then shown an empty version of you calendar. At this point you can add photos, captions and special dates.

To add photos: You drag photos from your main library or from a specific album into your calendar’s listing in iPhoto’s sidebar. This is just like adding songs to a playlist in iTunes or photos to an album in iPhoto. These photos can now be dragged into any of the photo placeholders in the calendar. You can also drag a photo onto any of the days of the months. I do tis for family members birthdays, where I add their picture to the date. Makes a special event harder to miss. There is a “Layout” popup where you can chose the number of photos and their arrangement for each page. When you drag drag a photo from the picture well into the placeholder it is cropped to suit the proportions of the frame. To edit or re-crop the photo double click it. You can also drag the photos around to rearrange their placement on the page.

If the template you choose has a caption area below the photos, you can type in a caption for the photos. In addition you can double click in any date and add text to a particular date. So you can add special occasions into the calendar. When you are done You can use the print command to create a PDF of your calendar to proof it, or you can print it out to your color printer. In fact you could just print the calendar out in this fashion on your own printer to save some money. For $20 plus shipping you can click the buy calendar button and you calendar is assembled and uploaded to Apple. It actually goes to a service bureau chosen by Apple. It is then printed out on a heavy high quality glossy paper and spiral bound. It is quite an impressive package. And the subject for your calendar can be anything you have some digital photos of: family, trips, hobbies etc.

Here is my 2008 calendar featuring some of the items I made in calendar year 2007:

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January Picture (left). January Calendar (right) - You can add text to any of the days of the month


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If you’ve got some digital photos in iPhoto that would make a nice calendar, it really couldn’t be easier. You can print it yourself or upload it to Apple for a real high quality spiral bound calendar. Definitely give it a try-nothing says you have to get it printed. But once you see how easy it is to make a high quality calendar, I think you’ll be tempted to get it printed.


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