How to Use Calendar TemplatesIn this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a personalized calendar in PaintShop Pro using yourown photos and a calendar template. We’ll show you how to add your photos to the template,position and resize them to fit, and place them in the proper order in the Layers palette. You’llalso learn how to add your own text to mark special occasions like birthdays and holidays, andhow to make advanced creative customizations.For this tutorial, we are using the 2021 Calendar with Notes template that is available topurchase in the Discovery Center store or in the New From Template feature in PaintShop Pro.You can also download a free calendar template on the tutorial page and try out the stepsbelow.Part 1: The Basics Open your calendar template in PaintShop Pro.Make sure to open the Materials and Layers palettes if they aren’t already open byselecting Palettes Materials and Palettes Layers.If we look at the Layers palette, we can see that we have each month of the year as a differentlayer. Underneath that, we have an image mask area for adding your own custom image, and avariety of different seasonal backgrounds.NOTE: not all calendar templates will include a selection of backgrounds. But further on we’llshow you how to add your own background if you wish.How to Select a Month In this example, the Visibility (eye) icon on the left side of the layer is toggled on forJanuary.To select a different month, toggle the January layer off, and toggle the month of yourchoice on.

Choosing a Template BackgroundScroll down further in the Layers palette to the “4 Seasons Background” layer group. Here, wehave many different seasonal backgrounds. Use the Visibility icon to toggle off the Springbackground, and toggle on the background of your choice.At the top of the Layers palette is the Opacity slider. You can use this to adjust the opacity ofeach layer. In this particular template, there are varying levels of transparency for differentbackgrounds.If you find that the background is too dark, you can lower the Opacity level so that the text ismore clearly visible over top of your selected background.

How to Add PhotosThe beauty of these calendar templates is that you can showcase your favorite photos, whetheryou are creating a calendar for yourself or as a gift for someone else.There are a few different ways to bring your photos into the PaintShop Pro template:1. Using the Organizer and Navigation Palettes Open the Organizer palette by going to Palettes Organizer. Click the Show Navigation icon to open the Navigator. In the Navigator, locate the folder where you’ve saved your images. When you click on the folder, all the images in that folder will be displayed in theOrganizer. In the Layers palette, select the image mask group. Now drag your photo from the Organizer directly into the Layers palette above the layerthat says “Drag/place image above this layer”.2. Using File Open Go to File Open or click on the Open icon and browse to the location where yourphoto is stored on your computer. Select the photo and click Open. When the photo is open in PaintShop Pro, go to Edit Copy (or use Ctrl C). Switch to the calendar template and in the Layers palette, select the layer below theimage mask.

Go to Edit Paste As New Layer (or use Ctrl V) to paste in your photo.NOTE: if your photo ends up in the wrong layer order in the Layers palette you can simply dragit up or down to the correct layer.3. Using Drag and Drop In the Layers palette, select the layer below the image mask. Locate your photo on your computer and simply drag it right into the Layers palette.Once you have your photo placed in the calendar template you can use the Pick tool to resizeand/or reposition it so it fits in the calendar nicely.How to Add TextYou can use the Text tool to add any kind of text to your calendar. For example, you can addholidays, birthdays, or other special events. Or important reminders, appointments, etc. Sometemplates even have space to write notes for the month, which you can do with the Text toolor write by hand on your printed calendar. Let’s say we want to add a holiday to this calendar. In the Layers palette, select the image mask layer or month layer that you want to addyour text to. It’s important to note that the text will appear on it’s own vector layer above whateverlayer you have selected in the Layers palette, so make sure you are not adding textbelow a layer that will block the text from being visible, such as a background layer. Ifthis happens, simply drag the text layer up in the Layers palette until it is visible.

Activate the Text tool and click on your calendar where you want to write your title. Inthis example we are adding “Valentine’s Day” on February 14th. Type out your text and then click the Apply checkmark on the Tool Options toolbaralong the top. On the Tool Options toolbar you can use the various settings to change the font style,color, size, formatting etc. You can use the Text tool or the Pick tool to reposition your text if necessary.Saving and Printing your CalendarAs you are working on your calendar template, you should be saving periodically as a .pspimagefile to preserve all the layers. Once you’ve finished designing one month of your calendar, useFile Save Copy As to save the image in JPG or PNG format to print out each monthindividually.

Part 2: Advanced Creative OptionsIn this section we’ll explore some ideas for customizing your calendar template. Not alltemplates are built exactly the same, so the options for customization may differ slightly. Butthe goal here is just to provide some creative inspiration if you are looking for more advancedoptions.Changing the Color Scheme of a Template BackgroundAs mentioned before, the example template we are working with has a variety of imagebackgrounds included, so we have options to modify these backgrounds. In the Layers palette, select the background layer you are using.Go to Adjust Hue and Saturation Hue/Saturation/Lightness and play around withthe sliders to change the color scheme.Adding a Custom BackgroundIf you want to use your own custom background, or the template you are using does notinclude any background images, you can add your own very easily. This could be a solid colorbackground, a gradient or pattern fill, or even a photo. Toggle off the Visibility icon of the current template background.

In the Layers palette scroll down to the bottom, right-click on the background layer andselect Duplicate. In the Materials palette, select a color that you want to use for the background. Or double-click on the Foreground and Stroke Properties (top) swatch to open theMaterial Properties window. Here you can select any color, pattern, or gradient thatyou want to use as a background. You can even use the Eyedropper tool and sample a color from your photograph tomake a matching background. Once you have selected your color, pattern, or gradient fill, activate the Flood Filltool. On the Tool Options toolbar, make sure the Match Mode is set to None and thatUse All Layers is NOT checked. Make sure that the duplicate layer is selected in the Layers palette and then clickanywhere on the template with the Flood Fill tool to fill the layer. If necessary, adjust the transparency level so your text is clearly visible.How to Customize Font Color and StyleIn most calendar templates, the pre-existing text elements, such as numbers, names of themonths, and days of the week have been converted to raster layers. The reason for this is topreserve the appearance and formatting of the text in case you don’t have that particular fontinstalled on your computer. Because these text elements have been converted to raster, you

cannot use the Text tool to modify them. But there are other ways that you can customize thetext.First, we’ll show you how to change the color of the name of the month. In the Layers palette, select the month layer you want to customize. Have a look at the elements on this layer. In addition to the month name, are thereother elements that are the same color? In this example, the color of “April” is also usedfor the text, numbers, and lines in the Saturday and Sunday columns. If you want to change all the elements that use the same color:o Select the new color in the Materials palette.o Activate the Color Changer tool (in the same tool group flyout as the Flood Fill tool).o Click on one of the colored elements that you want to change, such as the “A” inApril. If you want to change only the color of the month name but not the other same-colorelements:o Activate the Selection tool.o Use it to draw a selection around the month name.o Then click on one of the letters inside the selection area with the Color Changer tool.o When you’re done, use Ctrl D to remove the selection marquee.

Now we’ll show you how to change the font style of the month name. As mentioned before,the month name and year are part of a raster layer and therefore can’t be edited with the Texttool. Instead, you’ll have to use the Eraser tool to erase “April” or your chosen month.Then use the Text tool to add the month in your desired font and use the Tool Options toolbarto make any adjustments needed to the size and color.You can also change the color of the dates if, for example, you wanted to highlight a specialdate with a different color. You could use the Color Changer tool as we just did with the text,making sure to first create a selection around the number that you want to re-color. But here isanother method that would also work on the month name. In the Layers palette, click on the month layer that you want to edit.

At the top of the Layers palette, click on the Lock icon to lock the transparency of thislayer. This means that any changes you make will only affect the non-transparentelements i.e. the number.In the Materials palette, select the new color that you want to use.Activate the Paintbrush tool and adjust the nib size so that it is just large enough tocover the number: you can do this by holding down the Alt key and dragging up or downwith your mouse; or by changing the nib size on the Tool Options toolbar.Once your brush is the correct size, simply paint over the date(s) you want to highlightwith the new color.Adding a Background to the Calendar GridHere is one last customization option. Let’s say you have chosen a dark background pattern orcolor but find that it is difficult to see the calendar grid on top of it. You could change allelements of the calendar grid to a light color, using the methods above. Or instead, you can adda white background behind the calendar grid very easily. Activate the Rectangle tool. In the Materials palette, set the Background and Fill (bottom) swatch to white orwhatever light color you want to use. On the Tool Options toolbar, set the Width to 0 if you don’t want a border around therectangle. If you do want a border, adjust the Width and Line Style settings to your liking and setthe Foreground and Stroke (top) swatch in the Materials palette to your chosen bordercolor.

Use the Rectangle tool to draw out a rectangle roughly the size of the calendar grid,then click the Apply checkmark on the Tool Options toolbar. You can use the Pick tool if you need to resize and/or reposition the rectangle. Make sure to arrange the layer on the Layers palette so it is underneath all the text.And now we have a beautiful custom calendar that we can print out and give as unique gifts forour family and friends!