Calendar Dates

Using Illustrator set up the layout for the dates pages for each month of the year.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 6.46.37 PM

When you are finished your artwork will be at the top (photograph or illustration) and the dates will be at the bottom.

You can set up your document on Letter Size Paper that is landscape 11″ x 8.5″


Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 6.49.39 PM.png


After your paper is set up the first step is to make boxes or circles that will represent each day. You start with 7 shapes across, that are aligned. See below:

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 6.55.57 PM.png


You need a total of at least 5 weeks but you could have 6.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.22.43 PM.png


You want to lock the current layer and make a new one for the numbers

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.25.51 PM.png


Then design your numbers, you want the template for all the months to be perfect so make sure you don’t skip any numbers. Also don’t make them in one long text box, make them individual text entries. You will be moving and shifting them.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.25.44 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.30.41 PM.png

Once you have your design set up add the days of the week at the top.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.36.31 PM.png


Double check that it is all correct. Now you are going to duplicate your artboards.


The artboard panel can be found under Window – artboardsScreen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.30.56 PM.png



Double click on the word artboard1 and change it to January.Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.31.09 PM.png



Make sure none of your layers are locked. While holding the option key  and using the artboard toolScreen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.31.24 PM.png, click on January and drag a copy to make February.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 7.31.53 PM.png


Now you are ready to shift numbers.

As a added time saver, use the hints below to save work and time.

Remember 30 days has September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 except for February, it has 28.

Also the following months start on the same day of the week:

Sunday – April, July

Monday – January, October

Tuesday – May

Wednesday – August

Thursday – February, March, November

Friday – June

Saturday – September, December

So if you made January, October is all set, just duplicate it.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s