I have created a perpetual calendar that you can download as a FREEBIE. The basic structure of the calendar looks like this.
However, it is highly adaptable to a large number of variations. The following are some examples.
The document is a 8 x 8-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, .psd document. I made it 8 x 8-inch so that you could make your calendar into a brush if you want to. Of course, if you make it into a brush, all you will have are shades of gray. If you want to keep your coloring, you can save as a .png file.
There are many layers in the document. To keep it a little better organized, I created Groups of some of the layers. Many of the layers have their visibility turned off showing that the layer is not being used at that time. Turn layers off and on to see what they do. This is what the downloaded .psd file will look like.
Near the bottom of the layer stack are three layers with their visibility turned off. They are a Color Fill layer, a Gradient Fill Layer, and a Pattern Fill layer. Then there is a layer that is a Group. It is a group of individual clipping masks for each of the squares in the calendar so that you can clip an image into the square you want.then there is a dates clipping mask to which you can clip an image into the date area. Then there is as whole page clipping mask so you can clip an image to the whole page. Then a layer for black lines and a layer for white lines (turn both off for no lines).
Then there is a Group for the dates. Inside this Group there are Groups for how many days are in a month. And inside those Groups are layers for what day of the month the 1st of the month is.
Next there is a Group for Days. Inside that Group is a Group for the days where Sunday is at the left side of the calendar. I didn't do it, but if you like to have your calendar start with Monday on the left, you can easily change it to that.
Next is a Group for the months. Just turn on the visibility of the month that you want. Then there is a Group for Years. I only put in a few. Since they are type layers, just click on the T icon and type in whatever date you want.
At the top of the layer stack is a layer of 50% gray set at Soft Light and 100% Opacity.
I added a Layer Style of a 5 pixel stroke around the inside of the whole page. I needed to add the 50% gray layer to give the layer style some pixels to work on. And with 50% gray at Soft Light the gray becomes invisible. So all you see is the stroke.
Use the layers as needed. When I made the samples at the top of this post, it was April 2013 and the first was on Monday. Now it is May 2013 and the first is on Wednesday and there are 31 days in the month. It takes only a few minutes to make the calendar you want. Here is the one for May 2013 with a noise gradient over it.
You can easily mark the date you want by putting say a red circle around the date, by changing the color of the date, putting a photo in the date box, etc, etc.
You can download the .psd file by clicking HERE.
The file is in a zip file. You will have to unzip it to get the .psd file.
I hope you find a use for the calendar. I had fun making it.
That's all for now.
Live life fully.
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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.
I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.