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There are several companies out there that will let you create and design your own wall calendars via their websites. As many of you know iPhoto has this feature built-in too. Although I don't use iPhoto as my photo manager (I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3), I do go through the extra step each year of exporting out my favorite potential calendar pics from Lightroom and import them into iPhoto just to produce my calendar. I do this because iPhoto has two features that I have yet to find in other services. The first one came in a few years ago and it was one that I couldn't believe that no one else offered. 

It's the simple ability of allowing you to put a photo on the actual days of the week. I do this for family member's birthdays. When iPhoto got this feature a few versions ago, I said "duh, why doesn't anyone else get the need for this?"

 

The next feature is the integration with iCal. Since I keep my calendars in iCal, iPhoto can automatically import any of my calendars onto my printed calendar too. I do this with my Birthdays calendar from Address Book birthdays and the US Holidays Calendar. I also import the MacGroup calendar too so that all the meeting dates are printed on the calendar. Even if you import a calendar and you don't want certain items from it on the printed calendar (ie. meetings that may change), you can delete the individual items that you don't want after the calendar has been imported.

 

 

You might think that this is an unfair advantage that Apple has over other companies because the two apps are running on the Mac. It's not unfair at all. If other calendar printing services really wanted to offer this they could allow you to export out your dates from any calendar that you use or even the iCal format and import them in via the web. 

 

Start it and end it where you want

Lastly I got off to a late start this year. Normally I do the calendars and submit the order in time to get them back by January 1. This time I was behind schedule and I realized that with the holidays and other December activities that I never have time to work on it in December. So I opted to add on a 13th month this time. My new calendar runs from January 2011 to January 2012 giving me a few extra weeks of breathing room before doing the February 2012 – January 2013 calendars next year 🙂

 

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  • Donna

    I had my calendars printed at Costco this year. They also let you put a picture on the grid, however I chose not to because their grid was so small and nowhere near square. I’ve tried several of the other photo printing services, each one has it’s good and bad points. Thanks for the heads up, next year I’ll check into Apple’s printing service.

  • I, too, used the Apple calendar service this year, and used as my images various cartoons I’d drawn over the last 15 years. Many of those digital sketches were, by today’s standards, very low-resolution indeed, yet you couldn’t tell it by the way they looked on the printed calendar! I don’t know how the printing service managed that feat, but I was quite impressed.

  • Tim

    I had no idea you could put people’s photos in the calendars like that! What a great tip! Thanks!

  • Roisin

    You are SO right about the calendar pictures! It is absolutely an amazing idea. Especially the way you used it above for a birthday.It is a boon for anyone who’s quite visual – just a notation of ‘X’ b-day’ might not register, but the person’s face surely will!

    Thanks for the tip!