2018 Calendar How-to

 

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!

 

 

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Prisma App

IMG_5711IMG_5589-EditA friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhones anIMG_5692IMG_5686IMG_5700A friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhone and Android phones. Nifty little app that has lots of fun effects. You must take the photo with the app and process it right then as you cannot reimport it later. However, I could save the original photo on my iPhone and use in other programs later.  This included some fun with the photos shown here in Photoshop CC.

Triptychs

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!!

Spektral Art

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!

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