Last Christmas I wrote a tutorial on how to create calendars for 2010 with Calme. This year I wanted to follow that tradition, but using a different program – so here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to create a custom 2011 calendar with Photo Calendar Maker.
First of all, a word of warning: Photo Calendar Maker is try-before-you-buy software, with certain limitations: the program can only be launched 30 times, and the calendars you create can’t be saved or printed. But the trial version, together with this tutorial, will be more than enough to decide if you really want to buy the program.
Photo Calendar Maker lets you create calendars in seven different languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and with Monday or Sunday as the first day of the week. The program’s interface is quite simple: a toolbar on the right side includes all the options and settings you need to create your calendar, while the main area to the left shows a preview of the calendar – for which you’ll have to click the Make Calendar button every time you change something in customization settings.
Another option is using calendar templates and styles. Photo Calendar Maker includes a few of them, perfect to get you started or look for inspiration in case you’re stuck.
Whether you use templates or create your calendar from scratch, you can choose between yearly and monthly calendars, and easily add national holidays. If your country is not included in the list, you can add the official holidays manually.
Once you’ve gone over all the customization options – and provided you have bought the full version – you’ll be able to save your calendar and print it right away. With the right selection of photos and a good design, it could be a perfect gift!