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It’s InDesign Calendar Template Time!

It’s just after the US Labor Day holiday and as we put away our flipflops, swimsuits, and shorts (except in Seattle where they wear them year round and Australia/New Zealand where they’re shedding their winter coats), it’s time to start thinking about creating the calendar for next year’s print project.

Of course you wouldn’t want to have to make a calendar from scratch. Much too much work! So here are some of my favorite resources for creating calendars.

My first choice isn’t actually a template; it’s Adobe Calendar Wizard, a script which adds calendars to an InDesign document. This is my ultimate favorite.

First thing that I like is it’s FREE, although if you like it, you’re asked to donate to the authors.

Next, it’s open source. If you know javascript you can adapt it further.

It’s designed to be very flexible in creating calendars, laying out the page, and adding common cell content in such a way that the user can take advantage of the InDesign’s features to easily sytlize it.

The calendar wizard is compatible with Adobe InDesign CS and above on both OSX and Windows platforms.

The interface and controls are somewhat daunting but provides a lot of controls for the arrangement of the months.

Don't let the 2011 heading fool you, Calendar Wizard works for 2014

Don’t let the 2011 heading fool you, Calendar Wizard works for 2014

What’s great about Calendar Wizard is it has been formatted with very intense paragraph, table, and cell styles. This makes it very easy to customize the look of all the months.

The styles for Calendar Wizard

The styles for Calendar Wizard

There is some documentation for Calendar Wizard, but here are a couple of places to find more:

Other Options

I also found Nikolay Dimitrov, a fashion photographer, who each year posts a single page calendar for anyone to use. There are a few paragraph styles to use to modify the template.

Nikolai Dimitrov's free 2014 calendar template

Nikolai Dimitrov’s free 2014 calendar template

What’s nice about Nikolai’s download is it comes as an InDesign file (indd), an interchange file (inx), as well as an image (jpeg) and PDF.

Another, customizable template for individual months is at The documentation is excellent with step by step instructions and a few styles that you can use to modify it.

Instructions for modifying the template

Instructions for modifying the template

Finally, you have to understand that I am the cheapest person in the world and would never pay for any template. But has a page of 35 different templates for wall calendars for sale at $19.50.

Just a few of Augetype's calendar templates

Just a few of Augetype’s calendar templates

What’s nice is these templates can be used by just about anyone even with very limited InDesign skills. And you can even purchase the sample images in the calendars.

And whichever template source you use, Happy New Year designs.

Sandee Cohen

Sandee Cohen

Sandee Cohen is the author of the InDesign CC 2014 Visual QuickStart Guide as well as the co-author, with Diane Burns, of Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC.
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81 Comments on “It’s InDesign Calendar Template Time!

  1. Hello, I need to make a book in 14 x 21 cm format and I wonder if there is a way to turn the automatic numbering on weekdays, for example:
    And instead of 1, 2, 3, 4 … Were applied: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday …

  2. We create a family calendar every year for my husband’s HUGE family. Is there a template that will keep the previous years info like birthdays and anniversaries so I don’t have to be input every year?

  3. Hi, I love your website and it has helped me SO MUCH! I’m needing to make a “year at a glance” calendar using InDesign, is this possible? I haven’t tried this script yet, only because I have tried other scripts and they can’t do what I am needing. Does anyone know if this will do that type? Or any way to do it? I have tried manually but it is impossible to get it lined up! Thanks!

    • By “year at a glance,” do you mean all months on one page?
      If so, then yes, it is possible using this script. You need to set the date range from January 1 to December 31, and then set the number of months per page to 12. This will place all 12 months in a 3×4 matrix and fit them on the page size you specify.

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