Installing the CALNDRS software and building calendars These instructions by Rollingstone

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									Installing the 2009 CALNDRS software and building calendars.

These instructions are for the 2009 CALNDRS. Please do not install 2010 (if purchased) until you have
completely installed 2009 and built a few calendars. We recommend waiting until January 2009 to
install the 2010 CALNDRS.

STEP ONE – INSTALLING THE FILES AND FOLDERS.

On your CD, there is a file name PhotoLabTools_2009CALNDRS.exe.




Double click the file to start the WinZip self extractor.
In the next window, Click “Unzip”. In order for the calendars to build and save properly, you must
accept the default “Unzip to folder” location of C:\




Once the files and folders have finished installing, WinZip will give you this notice:




Click “OK”. (You might have a different number than 100. If so, don’t worry.)

Now click “Close” when you see this screen:




That’s it, the files and folders are where they belong on your hard drive. In your C:\ drive there will be a
new folder named CALNDRS. Everything will happen there.
STEP TWO – LOADING THE ACTIONS INTO PHOTOSHOP.

There are 11 .atn files inside the C:\CALNDRS\Actions\2009 Actions folder.




You must load the CALNDR_Subroutines action and at least one of the “language” actions. It is highly
recommended you also load the 2008 Odd Start Months action – in addition to starting calendars any
month, the Odd Start Months action will be used for any custom designs.

ACTIONS CANNOT BE LOADED INTO PHOTOSHOP BY DOUBLE CLICKING. To load the actions, from the
Photoshop Actions palette, click on the right facing triangle in the upper right hand corner and choose
“Load Actions” from the fly out menu.
Photoshop will present the open file dialog box. Navigate to the C:\CALNDRS\Actions\2009 Actions
folder and select the action you would like to load. Regretfully, Photoshop will only allow you to load
one action at a time.

Power User Tip – there’s a trick to loading multiple actions. This trick works for brushes and styles and
patterns and all sorts of Photoshop tools.

                                                                          Make sure Photoshop is open
                                                                          and full screen. Open a
                                                                          Windows Explorer window so
                                                                          that it is active with Photoshop
                                                                          visible behind:

                                                                          Then drag and drop the actions
                                                                          into a blank gray area of
                                                                          Photoshop. It’s exactly like
                                                                          dragging and dropping multiple
                                                                          photos into Photoshop.




                                                Your actions palette should now look something like this:

                                                You can re-arrange the sequence by click/dragging the
                                                actions up or down in the palette. Note the red “three-
                                                dot” icons to the left of “Odd Start Months” and
                                                “CALNDR_Subroutines”. This is normal.

                                                You are now ready build a calendar!
STEP THREE – BUILDING YOUR FIRST CALENDAR :

Open 12 photographs in Photoshop. The photo that belongs in January should be opened first, followed
by the photo for February, etc., etc., until the 12th photo opened is the December photo.

IMPORTANT – If you try to open all 12 at once using Windows Explorer or the File -> Open command in
Photoshop, the photos WILL NOT open in order.

Use Adobe’s File manager (PS7) or Adobe Bridge (PSCS, CS2, CS3). This is the only way to open all 12
images with one command and have them open in order.

Once the files are open, it is time to run the action. From your actions palette, find the language and
calendar color you want. To the left of the action set is a right facing triangle (circled in red below).
Click that once and you will expand the action set.




Now highlight the calendar you want to create. In this example, we have chosen a 12-month white
English Jewel calendar.

At the bottom of the action palette there is a right facing triangle. This is the “Run the action” button.
Click this once and your calendar will be created for you. Once Photoshop has finished, the index print
will be opened and placed on your screen:
                                                  This is a quick verification tool to make sure everything
                                                  came out the way it’s supposed to. The finished files
                                                  can be found in your
                                                  C:\CALNDRS\Finished_Files\12_MONTH_CALENDARS
                                                  folder.
You are finished. You’ve built your first calendar. Now you need to know something important – the
next calendar you create will overwrite the calendar you just made!

WORKFLOW SUGGESTION – copy the finished folder. Probably best to copy it to a network folder where
your printer can pick it up. Immediately after copying, rename the folder with the job number, the
customer name –whatever makes sense in your lab.

DO NOT MOVE THE FINISHED FOLDER – copy it. Photoshop will expect it to be in the
CALNDRS\Finished_Files folder next time the action is run.

OK – now that you have copied and renamed the folder, you really are finished.

HOW DO I GET MY LOGO ON THE INDEX PAGE ON THE JEWEL CALENDARS?

        Inside your C:\CALNDRS\2009CALNDRS\Raw_Files\Jewel folder, there are four files with the
        word “index” in the file name. Open the two 12-month files. Turn on your guidelines. You will
        see 16 major grids. The bottom four are where your logo goes.

        On the 13-month index prints, the 13th month will go in the lower left grid area. So place your
        logo in the three lower right spots.

        Next time you run a calendar action, your logo will be on the index page.

HOW DO I GET MY NAME ON THE CALENDAR PAGES?

        In the same Raw folder where you found the index prints, find the file named
        2009Jewel_English_White.psd and open it in Photoshop.

        Open your layers palette. The very top layer is named “Credit Line” and there is a “T” next to it,
        designating that layer as an editable text layer.

        Double click on the “T”. The existing www.PhotoLabTools.com text is highlighted. Just type
        whatever you want your calendars to say. Then save (not save as) the file. You will want to
        repeat this step for every calendar you offer.

HOW DO I ADD THE HOLIDAYS?

        We have hidden the “Add Holidays” action set inside the Misc folder. Navigate to
        C:\CALNDRS\2009CALNDRS\Misc and load the file named 2009_AddHolidays.atn into
        Photoshop.

        With nothing open in Photoshop, select either the large or the medium add holidays action.
        Click the Run button and pay close attention to the notice that pops up on your screen. The add
        holidays action takes a lot of horsepower – start it and don’t touch your computer until it is
        finished.

        Once you have run either or both of the Add Holidays actions, go ahead and delete the action
        set from Photoshop – you will not need it again.
       And the Add Holidays action is a one way action – if you decide at a later date you want to build
       a calendar without holidays, you will need to reinstall everything from the CD.

HOW DO I CREATE A CALENDAR THAT STARTS IN AN “ODD” MONTH? (EXAMPLE - AUGUST 2008)

                                                           An odd starting month calendar takes a
                                                           couple of extra steps. First of all, open the 12
                                                           photos like you would for a Jan-Dec calendar.
                                                           Now click the right facing triangle on the Odd
                                                           Start Months action set. This will open up a
                                                           huge list of start month/language/size
                                                           possibilities. Scroll down until you find the
                                                           action named Start 08-08 12-Month Jewel.
                                                           Highlight it and press the “Run This Action”
                                                           button.




       Photoshop is going to resize all your photos, and then it is going to stop and ask you which file to
       open:




       Press “Continue” and the “Open File” dialog box appears.

       Navigate to the C:\CALNDRS\2009CALNDRS\Raw_Files\Jewel folder; highlight the file named
       2009Jewel_English_White.psd, and click “Open”.
      Now the action will continue merrily along, building the 12 pages and getting ready for the index
      print. Once it is time to build the index print, Photoshop will stop again and ask you to open the
      correct file:




      Note the handy reminder of which size calendar you are creating.

      When you click “Continue”, you will again have the “Open File” dialog box. This time it should
      already have the correct folder open. Just choose Jewel_White_Index12.psd and click “Open”.

      Now Photoshop will finish and your 13 pages (August 2008 through July 2009 plus the index
      page) will be in the Finished folder.


      For instructions on customizing calendars and further details on all the steps mentioned above,
      please go to the Video Tutorials section of the Photo Lab Tools website –
      www.PhotoLabTools.com/Tutorials




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