I love making calendars each year. They are very similar to greeting cards which is my first passion. There are many ways to produce calendars, here are a few:
Easiest- Print one photo or collage on 8 1/2 x 11 with all the months printed. You can download the template from Etsy creators or use an online printer such as Shutterfly or Vistaprint for example.
Fairly easy – upload 13 photos to Shutterfly or other online printer and choose a format. This can be pricey ($15-25 each)
One Sheet – a 16×20 poster available online (runs $22.99 at Shutterfly)
My favorite – I create *12 5×7 sheets for each month and print them through a discount online printer as they seem to do just fine at this size. Then I give or sell them with a 5×7 acrylic magnet that goes on people’s refrigerators or any metal surface. It is easy to change each month as the year goes by. The magnets are available in other sizes too through http://www.pfile.com. (order more than 12 and they are about $3 each with shipping) – so your total on this project is your time and under $10. I either order clear boxes from http://www.clearbags.com (extra cost) or slip the 12 sheets into an envelope.
*this year I am using the templates from Lil Owls Texture Club (you need to join). They are very well done and allow customization. See samples above. Etsy also has many calendar template creators.
This is a great way to share your photos and creativity!
Triptychs can be so much fun and make for beautiful wall hangings. SmartPhotoEditor software makes it really easy. Under Borders is a Triptych option. You can adjust the image in this feature.
SmartPhotoEditor has many standard editing adjustments plus over 6,000 special effects. These range from painterly effects, sharpening, borders and much, much more.
It is currently 1/2 off at $29.99 and works as a standalone program, so you don’t even need Photoshop to use it. You can pay a bit more to have it as a plugin for your Photoshop.
Use code LL1914 for an extra 10%. So much fun!!
I’ve been having fun with software called Spektral Art. It has many variations with their own sliders to customize. It’s very easy to use and is a standalone piece of software. Here are some examples. It is made by JixiPix and costs $19.99 at the present time.
Top left original – top right light Spektral – right center dark Spektral – bottom blended of the two with soft light.
Original and Spektral
Original and Spektral Bright Detail
And a flower for good measure!
I have just started working with a Lensbaby Velvet 56. It is so easy to use compared to previous Lensbaby lenses and wonderful quality. I am having such fun!
I have found a new website for all kinds of printing called Open Prints. They offer many services including:
You can also sell your photographs through this site. Take a look!
Andrew Scrivani’s Creative Live course has so much great information on food photography. This has become a real passion for me… similar to flowers in color and shape… but always accessible and great indoors!
For most of my food shots I use a lesser known Canon lens – 50mm macro 2.5… it’s awesome and under $300!
I’m having a great time photographing food this winter. It is similar to flowers with lots of colors and shapes and ability to compose as you want. Also nice that it is indoors. Last year I made calendars with fruit and another with desserts. So recently I decided to buy the Creative Live session with Andrew Scrivani and learn lots more tips. It’s wonderful!
I have created 2015 calendars for Fruit, Flowers or Desserts. Each set comes with 12 4×6 prints with photo and calendar dates along with a 4×6 magnetic acrylic frame for use on the refrigerator or other metal surface. You can also purchase blank templates to use your own photos. http://www.esunrisedesigns.com