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Create a Calendar in Adobe Lightroom & ACR & Photoshop - A Graphic Design for Lunch™ Class

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

Create a Calendar in Adobe Lightroom & ACR & Photoshop - A Graphic Design for Lunch™ Class

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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5 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Create a Calendar in Lightroom and ACR Introduction

      1:35
    • 2. Pt 1 - LR Import Calendar Images

      4:16
    • 3. Pt 2 - LR Assemble the Pages

      6:15
    • 4. Pt 3 - ACR - Calendar Assembly

      6:56
    • 5. Project and Wrapup

      1:13
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Graphic Design for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn to use a provided template to make your own full year calendar in either Lightroom or the combination of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. This class was originally designed for a 2017 calendar but you can use it to make a later year calendar too.  

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Helen Bradley

Graphic Design for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Create a Calendar in Lightroom and ACR Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this Graphic Design for Lunch class; Create a Calendar in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. We'll also be using Photoshop in this class. In addition to teaching Illustrator and Photoshop, the Graphic Design for Lunch series of classes also includes some photo editing and photo management classes. These are taught for both Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw as both applications share the same base code. This means that within one class, you'll simply focus on whichever application you prefer to use. Today we're going to create a 2017 calendar in both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. Now I'm going to give you the files to use that have got all the dates in them. I'm going to show you how you can use the files to make your own calendar pages. Now, if you're watching these videos using your browser, you're going to see a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you're enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write in just a few words why you're enjoying this class. These recommendations help other students to see that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read, and I respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. If you're ready now, let's get started making a 2017 photo calendar. We're going to do it first in Lightroom, and then we're going to swing across to Photoshop and do the second one there. 2. Pt 1 - LR Import Calendar Images: To get started making the calendar in Lightroom, you're going to start in the library module and you're going to make a collection because it's just easier to organize everything that way. You're going to the Collections panel here and you're going to click on the plus sign, and going to click Create Collection and call it something like calendar 2017. You'll click Create once you've done that, now I've already done that. So I've got my calendar collection here already, and I've got 12 images in it. You want to go to the other images that you have in Lightroom, you're going to want to select 12 images and just drag and drop them into this collection so that you've got the 12 images that are going to be your calendar. Now, the calendar has a spot in it for a six by four landscape orientation image, but it's set up so that you can drop practically any size image into it and it will just be enlarged to fit. I suggest that you select landscape orientation images, but here I've got some square ones, and even if I had a portrait orientation one, provided I could get a slice through the middle of it that was interesting, then that would work too. Now, I'm going to give you a file to download and it's going to be in the class project area of this Skillshare class. There's going to be a set of downloads for Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop and then there's going to be a separate set for Lightroom and you want the Lightroom downloads. Once you do that, you're going to get a Zip file that you're then going to extract the contents from. Now, in that Zip file, 12 month calendars, there's a calendar cover sheet, there's a calendar template page, and there's a set of instructions. All of these are in that Zip file that you're going to download, so you'll need to unzip it on a Windows computer, on a Mac, it's probably automatically done for you. Just remember what folder that's in because you're going to need that in a minute. What we're going to do is we're going to import those calendar pages that we just extracted. We're going to have to go to the Import module, so I'm going to click on that. Then you're going to navigate to wherever it was that those images were extracted into. This is the folder that I extracted those images into. Now, you know that there are a couple of template files in there, you known there's a set of instructions in there, but because Lightroom only deals with images, we're only seeing the 12 calendar pages. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to add them. So they're going to stay in this current location, but they're going to be added to Lightroom. But over here, in more recent versions of Lightroom, you have the ability in the file handling sections to add them to a collection as you import them. Now, that's going two be a really quick way of getting these 12 calendar pages alongside the images that you want to use. I suggest, if you're using a later version of Lightroom and you've got this Add to collection option available, that you select your calendar collection that you just created and these images are going to be automatically added to it. We'll just go ahead and click import. Now, these are imported and they're added to the collection. But if you were using an earlier version of Lightroom and you don't have that add to collection option available, then this is what you're going to do. You're going to stay in your previous import area of your catalog. You're going to select all of these images, click on one shift, click on the other, or press Control or Command A, it doesn't really matter, you just want to select all of these. You want to navigate down to your collection, and here's my calendar collection. All you would do is just drag and drop this into that calendar collection. But you're going to do it from the middle of one of these, you want to be right over the picture part when you drag and drop it into the collection and you just pop in there. Now, it's already in there, so it's not going to move for me, but it would for you. Now, we have a collection that has images and our calendar pages. Let's just do Capture Time so we can sort these into a bit better order. So we've got our 12 images and our 12 calendars.. Now that we've got that far, the next step, we're going to go to the Print module and get the template and put it all together. 3. Pt 2 - LR Assemble the Pages: Now we've got a collection with 12 images and our 12 calendar months. We're going to click on the print module. Now what you see when you get to the print module is going to depend a bit on what you were doing when you were last in the print module, but you're just going to ignore anything on the screen right now. You're going to go to the Template Browser here, and you can just open it up. Now Lightroom comes with a series of templates, and you got an area here that you can add your own templates to. I've got some others just sitting here. But what you're going to do is you're just going to right-click on one of these folders here and choose "New Folder". You're going to type 2017 calendar or something similar, and Click "Create". That's going to give you a new folder for your calendar template. You're going to right-click it and choose "Import". You'll want to go to the location where all those files from the zip file were extracted to. We're only seeing two files here, even though there are 12-month calendars and a set of instructions also in this folder. But right now, Lightroom is only concerned with templates, so it's only showing you the templates. We're going to select both of these and just click "Import". They're going to be imported into this folder. You now have a folder that has a cover and a calendar page in it. We're going to start with the calendar page. Into the calendar page is going a picture and a calendar month. Now because you're not doing anything technically with these images, you can size your filmstrip here quite large. It's a little bit easier to save the months along the bottom because they are not in alphabetical order, that would be to easy. Let's just put January's in there, I just managed to find January's. Now we can pick a picture for January. I'm going to drag this one in because it's a bit larger than the box that it went into. You can see that square here, but it's a six by four orientation image once that gets into the panel here. Well, if I hold down the Control key, that's the Command on the Mac, I can drag it. I can alter the positioning of the image in this box to be whatever I want it to be. For each of these images, they may not move or they may move in one direction. They won't move in both directions, you can't do that, but you can certainly move them in one direction or none at all, depending on whether they're the right size or not. I have now got January created. I can go here and Print to File because this has been set up to Print to File. Doing it this way means that you can just print to individual files all the 12 calendar months and the cover, and then you can go and print them later on, however it is that you normally print. You could also switch and print direct to the printer. You go to Print Job and instead of print to JPEG file, you'll go to print to Printer. Now this is set up for letter size paper, that's US letter size paper, 8.5 inches by 11. So you'd need to set your printer up as well. Just find it's probably easier to just print it to a JPEG file and then work out how you're going to print it from there, once you've actually got the calendar pages assemble. I'm going to click "Print to File". This is where my calendar pages are going, and so I'm going to put in January, 2017. It's just saved as a JPEG file, I'll click "Save". Then I can go ahead and create February. I'm just going to drag and drop a replacement picture in, adjust it using the Control or Command K on a Mac. Then I'm going two go and find February. I'll just drag and drop that on top of January. That's as easy as it is to create this calendar pages. All I need to do now is just go to Print to File and Save February. Now I do March, April, May, and so on. There's also a cover. If we go to the cover, just going to click on that, it's just a big image, and all you'll do is just drag a picture into it. It's going to move to it. It's going to move in one direction or none if you happen to have an image already cropped to exactly letter size. But this is the cover image. Now if you want to put text over, you could using a Identity Plate. Here you can go to Page and click on "Identity Plate". Now you could just type something. I've got Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom for launch here. Let's just go and edit this. I'm going to click a drop-down arrow. Let's click "Edit", and let's just call this 2017 calendar. I'll just click "Okay". Now we've got a piece of text that says, 2017 calendar. I can put that anywhere I like. I can also click "Override Color", and make it a different color such as black. Now if you have a PNG file with transparency behind it, you could bring that in as an identity plate as well, and so you could have a much fancier thing, but you need to create that in Photoshop and need to be PNG so that you have transparency, so it could be placed over the top of the image. To grab a picture as an identity plate, you just click the drop-down here, click "Edit", and instead of, use a styled text identity plate, you'd say, "I want to use a graphical identity plate." Then you'll just click to locate the file, bring it in, and then you can size it on the image. I'm just going to go back to my text one. Once I've created it, I can then just click to "Print to File". Again, I will just save that as 2017 cover, and that will allow me to print the cover image for my calendar, cover plus 12 pages. Take it to Kinko's, get it spiral bound, and you're off and running. There is how to create your calendar in Lightroom, it's 2017 calendar. As I said, all the templates and all the months that you need for the calendar are in the class project area for you to download and use. 4. Pt 3 - ACR - Calendar Assembly: To create your calendar in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop, you're going to download the calendar that I'm going to give you in the class project area. You'll download that file and unzip it and then open the contents in Photoshop. The contents is a 2017PSCalendar.psd file. It's going to look exactly like this. Once you've opened it, I'm just going to step through the last pallet and show you what you've got here and how you're going to assemble your calendar using this file. I'm going to turn everything off to start off with and just ignore this thing here, I'll explain that in a minute. The first layer is backgrounds. The background is this white area here and sum gray stripes that appear behind the calendar itself. The next layer is the image and that's a smart object, we're going to see in a minute how we are going to use that. The top layer hear is a border and that's just a black border around this bottom area of the image to encapsulate the calendar itself. Then this is the calendar layer. In, here is a group, and inside the group are 12 months of calendars. You're going to select the month that you want, for example, January. Then you're going to turn off any other layers that are visible inside this group so you're only seeing one month's worth of data. This is January, but if you're wanting February, then you turn off January, turn on February. You can see that everything's fitting really nicely in the bottom panel here. Let's just close this down and let's focus on how you're going to get your photos into this spot. There is a smart object layer here, you just going to double-click on it. What that does is, it opens this photo that I have embedded in this file in Photoshop and it's a PSB files. I'm just going to zoom out a little bit so you can say this image and you're going to replace this. What you're going to do is, you're going to choose file and then place embedded because you want to embed your image inside this file. Then you're going to go and get an image to use. Now, you could have already saved your images out as JPEGs or you can use a raw file. If you use a raw file, then it's obviously going to open in Adobe Camera Raw. I've got a raw file here, I'm just going to double-click on it. It's going to open in Adobe Camera Raw where I can make adjustments to this image should I wish to do so prior to adding it to my calendar. I can make all my adjustments, click "Okay". It's imported into this smart object in Photoshop but the image here you can see does not have the same proportions as the flower. The flower is scaled to fit the area that is available for in the calendar. What we have to do is, we have to make this layer the same size as the flour layer. But of course, we don't want to smash the image while we do it, so we're going to hold the shift key as we just enlarge it. We want it to cover the entire area covered up by the flower or taken up by the flower. You want to make sure that you can't see any flower around here and you do want to resize that using the shift key so it's scaled and proportioned because you don't want your image to be squashed up. Now once you've got it in here, you could move it around. There's a little bit of flexibility for determining exactly what portion of the image you want in your calendar. I'm just going to take this bit, but again, making sure that I can't see any flower anywhere around this image. Now once I've dun that, I'm just going to click the close button. I'm going to say yes to saving this PSB file. When I come back to my calendar, you can see that we're now seeing the image that I've just imported rather than the flower. This calendar months would be ready to either print using file print or you could save it as a JPEG image and print it later on. It's bean sized so that it will print at 8.5 buy 11, which is US letter size paper with a small border around it. It's got to bee like about a quarter inch border all around. Now this little thing here, if you're curious about it, it is a note. You can embed notes inside Photoshop files. I've just embedded a little note in here and it just tells you how you can replace this image with your image. It's embedded inside the Photoshop file but it's not going to print, so you don't have to worry about doing anything with it because it's not going to show up on your printed version and of course, it won't be saved with the JPEG version either, so it's just going to disappear. Now as you're building up your calendar, you probably won't want to be storing all your images inside this PSB file. Once you've finished with one month and you're going to do the next month, let's just go and do that. I'm going to turn off the current month, select a different month. I'm going to close down this group. I'm going to double-click on the smart object icon here, and I'm just going to size this down by zooming out so we can see what we're working on. I'm going to take this image and I'm going to discard it because I don't need it any longer. But I do need the flower image because it's setting up the size for the image that I'm going to use. I'm going to choose file place embedded. Now this time, I have a JPEG image I'm going to use, I'm just going to click it and click "Place". Again, not unexpectedly, it's not in the exact same proportion, so I'm going to hold the shift key as I just drag this image, so it covers the area covered by the flower image. Again, I can adjust it if necessary just to place that within this box in an attractive way, but I'm pretty happy with that. Now, I'll close this file and click, "Yes", to save it. Each time I come into this file, I'm just going to delete the last image that I put in it leaving the flower image in place and just putting my new image for that calendar month on top. I'm just going to click "Yes". Here is the new image and, of course, that's now ready to print and I can go ahead and select another month and then select another image but removing this one from the PSB files so it doesn't get to large with images all stacked up in it. Now for your cover page, you can just create a letter size document that's 8.5 by 11 inches. I suggest that you just add an image to it and then perhaps this place some text on top. But you can use your own creative skills to create the calendar cover page, I'm just concerned that you known how to manage this file with all the calendar months already created for you. 5. Project and Wrapup: Your project for this class will be to go ahead and download the appropriate file for the application that you're using and assemble your own 2017 calendar. As your class project image, post a picture of one of the months that you have created in your calendar. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learnt something about using files like this to create your own calendars and your own documents in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. If you're watching these videos using your browser, you will have seen a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please if you enjoyed it, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write in just a few words about why you're enjoying this class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question, then please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name's Helen Bradley. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Graphic Design for Lunch, and I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode soon.