Installing Actions

To install the actions you can do one of two things…

  • Find the Calendar Designer 2015.atn file and double click on it.  It should automatically load into the default installation of Photoshop.

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  • You can also open Photoshop and click on the fly-out menu on the Actions Panel.  Select Load Actions… and then navigate to the Calendar Designer 2015.atn file. 

Where should I put my files?

The Calendar Designer consists of a Photoshop Actions file and a template file.

I would suggest that you copy the entire 2015 Calendar Designer folder and all it's contents into your Documents folder.   

Templates:

The template file, 2015 Calendar Months.psd should be placed where you can easily access it. The exact location does not matter - just remember where it is. You will open this file every time you want to create a new calendar.

Actions File:

It really doesn't matter where this file is stored - just so we remember where.  Again, I'd suggest that you copy the entire Calendar Designer Folder and all it's contents into your Documents folder.

Avoid Headaches When Using Actions

Photoshop Actions are funny little creatures.  You’d think that they would behave, providing predictable and repeatable results every time.  Unfortunately, the truth is they often have a mind of their own and don’t always work the way you’d expect.

I’ve seen the same action run on the same photo – under the same conditions – and provide two distinctly different results.  Go figure!

Actions are also not too smart.  They can’t do conditional processing (until Photoshop CC) – which simply means that I have to make some assumptions as to the type of image file you’ll be using to create your calendars.  This usually isn’t too much of a problem but not every file is a good candidate for a calendar.  

Below are some tips for using the Actions provided in the Calendar Designer.  

The actions expect high resolution files.  Don’t try to use files that are too small.  The best files are camera resolution RGB JPG files set at 300ppi.
If you’re new to actions you must follow this rule to the letter – “Don’t Touch”.  When you look at the Actions Palette you’ll notice three columns, one with check marks, one with either blank boxes or black or red box icons and the third with the action sets and actions.  DON’T CHANGE THE CHECKMARKS OR THE SMALL BOX ICONS.  These are called modal controls and they change the way the action will behave.  If you do mess with them the best advice I can give you is to delete the action set and then reload it.  
Better yet, if you’re new to Actions, run the actions in Button Mode.  This way you’ll avoid changing any of these important controls. 

First Things First

I know you want to jump right in and get started but lets talk logistics first.

Calendar Designer is a set of Photoshop Actions

The Calendar Designer is a set of actions that work with Photoshop. The 2015 actions were developed with Photoshop CC 2014 although they should work fine with CS5, CS6 or any CC version.  They will even work with Photoshop Elements 12.  I have not tested it in earlier versions.  

It is not a stand alone program. It comes as a set of actions and templates for use with Adobe Photoshop.  

To make the most of your Calendar Designer, you should be familiar with Photoshop and how to run actions.  You should also understand how layers work in Photoshop and how to edit text and image layers.  If you don't, this program is not for you.

Where can I buy photo paper for my calendar?

The 2015 Calendar Designer lays out calendars for printing on 8 1/2 x 11 paper stock.  You can create spiral bound calendars although you may need special photo paper - one that has the special coating on both sides of the paper. The best source for this is Red River Paper.  You can visit their site at…

www.RedRiverPaper.com