This is the sixth year now that we’ve made our MS Word photo calendar templates available, and as with the past couple of years, we’ve also created a series of templates and calendar images you can use with Lightroom or other graphics software. This year we’ve also added one more option, which we’ll get to below. I created a template in MS Word that allows people who don’t have Photoshop, Lightroom or the equivalent to make their own photo calendars, so we’ll cover that first; the Lightroom stuff is below that. I used MS Word 2007 to make the template, but saved it as both a Word 2007 file and a Word 97-2003 compatible file. Basically it’s a series of tables, one for each month, that look something like this:
The large square at the top is a blank table cell. If you click on it and go to Insert/Picture you can add your own image. The easiest way is to select 12 images that all have the same size/shape (4×5 / 8×10 landscape aspect ratio); otherwise you may have to fiddle with the cell heights to make the calendar line up from month to month. Where it says ‘Caption’, you can highlight and type in your own caption for each image, or you can simply highlight and delete the text if you don’t want a caption. Here are the template files:
We’ve also made our own photo calendar available again this year. It looks like this:
All of the images were made in Victoria, BC except for two: July’s image was made at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, OR and September’s image was made at the BC Ferries Terminal in Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver. Half of the images were made by Marcia and half by Mike; all were made using our cell phone cameras. All were made in the month they represent (i.e. the image for January 2016 was made in January 2015, etc.) I saved it as a .pdf file; clicking on the picture above will enable you to download the .pdf.
All of the images in the calendar are © Copyright 2015 Marcia and Mike Nelson Pedde:
2016 Photo Calendar by Mike Nelson Pedde is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. That means you can use them for personal use but not for business (okay to give them to family but not for sale), you can’t modify or change them in any way, and if you do use them you’ll give us credit for them by adding our names and linking back to this site or our Flickr site. Thanks!!
As mentioned above, I created a set of calendar files and two Lightroom templates for the 2016 calendars. All of the images and instructions can be downloaded from this file: Calendar.zip. There are 13 calendar images: one for each month and one for the entire year. The monthly calendars look the same as the image at the top. The templates are based on an 8″x10″ image size, so they’ll fit easily on letter-sized or A4-sized paper. The year calendar, created using the Lightroom template and one of our images and printed to .jpg from Lightroom, looks like this:
Finally, as mentioned at the top, we’ve made one more addition for this year – 12 more high-resolution calendar images (one for each month), but with each month occupying a full 8×10″ space. They look like this:
You can use these calendar files along with your own images to create a 2-sided calendar like this:
or, if you want to get fancy, you can do something like this:
We leave the rest to your creativity! Our best wishes to you and those close to you for a new year full of as much love, excitement, joy, peace and harmony as you can handle!
P.S. For the past several years, Ed Weaver at RED Photographic has made Lightroom calendar templates available. You can find the ones for 2016 here. Thomas Ljungberg also has a set of Lightroom calendar templates, here and Helen Bradley has a set of templates for Lightroom, here. Jeffrey Friedly has also made a Photoshop script/ template set for 2016-2020, here. If I come across any others I’ll add them in.