It’s a Date! Creating Quick and Easy Calendars with Scripts in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements

Later this week I will post some calendars featuring the 2012 Mutual theme.  They’re not done yet, but I’m excited to share one of my favorite Photoshop tools with you–scripts!  I was introduced to Photoshop/Photoshop Elements scripts by one of my digital-scrapbooking friends, Anna Forrest.  Anna, an amazing scrapper and programmer, creates scripts for PS/PSE that make certain tasks, like generating calendars, a snap.

A script is a mini-program launched within Photoshop/Photoshop Elements that quickly does a repetitious or time-consuming task.  With a few clicks, the task is done and you go on designing.

I LOVE Anna’s Calendar Creator script!  In just seconds, I can build a calendar for any month and year I want and with the fonts I want.  Such a time saver!

Not sure about purchasing a script yet, but want to give one a try?  Anna’s blog, Anna Forrest Designs, has three FREE sample scripts for downloadPlease Note:  the Mini-Calendar Maker Trial Version  generates a very small 2010 calendar with a generic font, but is a great way to see how scripts work.  If you like it, you can contact Anna via Facebook to receive instructions on how to purchase the script.

Here’s how Anna’s calendar-maker script works:

  1. Purchase the calendar-maker script or download the sample script.
  2. Install the script following Anna’s installation instructions for your program (Photoshop or Photoshop Elements).
  3. Open Photoshop.
  4. Navigate to file>scripts and click on AFD Calendar Maker or mini calendar maker trial to run the script.
  5. Once the calendar-maker dialog box comes up, select the month, year, language, heading style, day week begins, paper size, save-to location, and fonts and sizes for the month headings, day headings and grid settings.  Click OK.
  6. Now, just wait.  That’s it!  The script may take a few minutes to run, but once it is done, you will have a full calendar page to use!
  7. Finally, use your creativity to build your calendar page. Customize it with digital-scrapbooking supplies, Photoshop patterns, clip art, etc.  Whatever you want!  Remember to save your file as you go.

Now, I hope you can see why I LOVE scripts for Photoshop!

I’m busily working on some Arise and Shine Forth 2012 calendar printables for you (using Anna’s script, of course!) and hope you enjoy getting a  little sneak peek of my project and the behind-the-scenes look at how I’m making them.

If you get a chance to try one of Anna’s scripts, leave a little note in the comments here and let me know what you think.

And, if you’re too intimidated by scripts, why not use these 2012 Calendar Brushes or 2012 Calendar Templates created by my friend, Wendy.

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