Whoah! Where did the time go?
It’s only a month (or less) before 2021 ends and a brand new year enters!
But, before we all get sentimental and all, there’s one thing that we shouldn’t forget to get for next year — calendars!
But, what if you want to add a creative touch to your usual calendars? Is that even possible?
Well, if you know how to create tables in Canva or edit templates, then this calendar-making activity’s a cinch!
How to Make a Calendar in Canva
First, search for a calendar template to use from the Templates gallery. Then, edit the element colors, resize, and even add text by tapping on the color picker tool, white handles, and Text tab respectively. Add photos from the Photos tab or from your device through uploads to add a personal touch.
But, if you prefer to start from scratch, then you simply have to open a new design file, search for a table to use from the Elements tab.
Then, resize, customize its look, and even add pictures and text according to the design you have on your mind.
Making Calendars in Canva: Spice Up Your New Year with These Steps
2022’s just a stone’s throw away, and it’s high time for you to start thinking about how you’ll come up with stunning calendar designs.
But, worry no more, as we’ll learn how to create calendar designs in 2 ways: Use of a template and through adding tables.
Use of Canva Calendar Templates
Step 1: On Canva’s homepage, tap on the search bar found below the Design anything text and type in the calendar template keywords.
On your keyboard, tap the Enter key. This step will then lead you to the calendar template gallery.
Step 2: Scroll down the template gallery until you find the calendar design you’re looking for.
Click on that particular calendar template so you can start editing it. You can choose to go with the planner type of calendar or more of the wall calendar style.
For demonstration purposes, I’ll go with a calendar design that highlights the graphic or art part more than the calendar itself.
Step 3: You will now then be redirected to the editor page. You can now begin customizing your calendar however you want it to look.
So, to make things easier, let’s start with replacing the photos used on the said calendar template.
First, select photos. You can either take advantage of Canva’s Photos gallery or choose to import your own images by tapping the Upload tab on the left side menu.
Click and drag to picture you selected to the photo grid to replace the image inside it.
If you don’t want the crop positioning of your photo, just double-tap on it and drag it sideways until you get the look that you want.
You can also edit the photos by adding filters, adjusting their transparencies, or tweak the photo settings.
Step 4: Now, if the calendar template you chose features a colored placeholder or text box, you can swap out the colors if it doesn’t match your planned theme.
To do this, just tap on the text box (which is a rectangular or square shape) to activate the color picker tool.
Then, click on that colored tile so you can select from the default colors that Canva offers through its gallery.
If, however, you prefer a more customized color option, then you can choose to type in that particular hue’s hex code.
Or, you can choose to use the eyedropper tool and select a color from any of the images on your calendar design.
You can read on about how to use the eyedropper tool in the How to Draw in Canva text in this blog.
Step 5: While you’re on customizing the look of the textbox, you can choose to resize it by dragging the white circles and pills surrounding the shape.
Just click and drag it diagonally or horizontally to alter the size of the shape.
Step 6: If you want, you can also edit the font text and colors used in the template (which by the way includes the dates).
Simply drag the cursor to highlight the text and activate the text editor toolbar found above the editor page.
From there, you can choose to select another font style, increase or decrease the font size, or even change the font color.
Just let your creativity loose and play around with the options available. There’s no hard rule set on this.
Step 7: If lines are present on the calendar template you chose, you can make those lines thinner or thicker.
Simply highlight the line or lines on the design and tap on the Weight button to adjust its thickness.
Keep going until you successfully customize the entire 12-months of the calendar template.
And, all that’s left now is to print your calendar design.
Head to the Download button and select PDF Print as the file type before you start printing it through your printer. Make sure to tick the Crop marks and bleed box so you’ll have a guide when cutting your calendar out.
You can also avail of the Canva Print option, which is discussed in detail in the Creating and Printing Business Cards article of this blog.
Impressed by the ease of creating a calendar in Canva using templates?
Wait until you’ve discovered how awesome it is to design one with Canva’s table feature.
Creating Calendars Using Canva’s Tables Feature
Now, if you prefer to create a calendar that doubles as a planner, you’ve got to get a good grasp of the tables feature in Canva.
Step 1: Head to the search bar on Canva’s homepage and key in calendar template.
Step 2: Once you’re redirected to the calendar template gallery, select the Create a blank calendar template.
Step 3: On the editor page, start by adding either color or a photo as the calendar’s background.
If you opt to use plain colors, tap on the canvas and click the color picker tile on the toolbar. Then, choose what color or colors you’ll use for your calendar design through:
- Color slider
- Inputting hex code
- Eyedropper tool
Whichever method you choose, pick out the hue you’ll use by tapping on it. Automatically, the color spreads across the canvas.
If you prefer using a photo as a background, you can select from the Photos gallery or upload from your device through the Uploads tab.
Click and drag the photo to the canvas, right-click on it. Then, choose Set as Background Image.
Then, play around with the transparency settings or add filters to further add spice to how your calendar looks.
But, if you prefer to turn your calendar into a mini photo gallery, you only need to add grids on the canvas and insert photos you’d like to use in them.
Step 4: Once you’re satisfied with the current look of your calendar, add some text boxes so you can input the names of the months.
One way of doing this is by tapping the Text button on the left panel menu and selecting the font style or font combinations available.
Or, just press the T button on your keyboard for a blank text box to appear on the canvas. You can then just type away the months’ names if you’re done.
Tweak the font styles and colors accordingly.
If you want, color up the text boxes by adding a fill into them. Better read on about adding fill color to text boxes so you won’t have a hard time doing it.
Step 5: Now, it’s time to add the main part of your design — the calendar itself.
To do this, head over to the Elements tab and scroll down the gallery until you see the Tables category. Tap on the See All button.
From there, you can select what table format you’ll use. Click it so you can tinker with it on the canvas.
Add columns and rows to your table until you reach the desired number (you’ll need at least 4-7 rows, 7 columns, and 31 boxes).
Resize the table size by dragging on the white circles found at its corners.
You can also tweak the table’s transparency for a more blend-in effect.
Step 6: Add the names of the days to the cells allotted as header rows and numbers for the dates in the succeeding cells.
You can do this by double-tapping on that particular cell and typing in the name of the day or the number.
Step 7: Once you’re done with the first-month template, just tap on the Duplicate page button on the upper right of the current page.
This will automatically copy the entire formatting you created. And, from there, you simply have to repeat steps 3 until 6 to further customize the look of your calendar.
And, like when creating calendars from templates, just click the Download button, select the PDF Print file type, and tick the Crop marks and bleed box to save your design on your device.
Excited to create your own calendar? Go ahead and begin making one now!
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Make a Calendar in Canva
How do you proceed with printing your calendar from Canva?
Whether you opt to use a personal printer or order through Canva Print, always choose the double-sided printing option and pair the months. Start printing with the months on the front side first (January to June) before printing the back (July to December).
Can I opt to share my calendar digitally instead of printing it?
You definitely can. Instead of hitting the Download button, just tap on the Publish button to post it on your social media account. Clicking on the Share button for other Canva users to see your work is another option you have as well.
What’s the recommended size of a calendar?
The best size to use when creating a calendar is 1920 x 1080 pixels. But, you can change this depending on the style of the calendar or the purpose of creating one. You can find these template sizes when you search for calendar templates through the search bar.
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