Jo Gulliver walks through how to design and edit a calendar using Scott Selberg’s Calendar Wizard script
- Software InDesign CS5 or later
- Time needed 1 hour
- Edit tables and style sheets
- Add cell styles
- Use the story editor
By using this script you can eradicate the possibility of getting your days and dates wrong, and add a number of different holiday options. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use Selberg’s script to create a calendar, and then walk you through how to edit it from a grid-based format to list format. The first thing you need to do is download the script and follow the instructions file found in the README folder to add it to your scripting files in InDesign. Don’t forget to make a donation...
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01 Open a new document in InDesign. I’m working with an A3 page, with a five-column grid, 10mm gutter, 15mm boarders and the Facing Pages box has been deselected. Open your Script panel (Window>Utilities>Scripts or Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Atl+F11). Open the Calendar Wizard folder and double-click on CalendarWizard.js to open the dialogue panel.
02 The Calendar Wizard dialogue box has a number of different options for creating and styling your calendar. I’m going to keep mine quite simple as I plan to edit it from a grid into a list format. Select the first and last months you want for your calendar from the drop-down menus. In the ‘Count Work Week on’ drop-down menu I’ve selected First Full Week. Deselect the Add Text Layer box and for Page select Current Document, with Calendars per Page set to 1. Now hit OK.
03 You’ll see that the Calendar Wizard has automatically created a page for each month of the year. It also automatically creates paragraph styles, which make it super easy to edit text styles. Open the Paragraph Styles Options (Window>Type & Tables> Paragraph) and double-click on the cal_base style to open the dialogue box. Select Basic Character Formats from the menu on the left and select your font family from the drop-down menu. Editing the cal_base paragraph style will change the font used on all the text throughout your calendar. Continue to customise your calendar, editing the font size and colour, and justifying all the text left.
04 I’ve decided to adjust my calendar to work in a list format. The first thing to do is add the correct day of the week to each date in the table as they will no longer appear in a column format. To do this you’ll need to edit the text via the Story Editor. To open it, select the Type tool and click on the calendar text, then under the Edit menu select ‘Edit in Story Editor’ (Cmd/Ctrl+Y).
05 Ctrl+click on the grid icon in the top-left corner of the Story Editor and select ‘Arrange by columns’. This makes it much easier to add the correct day to the correct date, as the day appears above the relevant dates. To maintain the applied paragraph style, copy the day and paste it next to the relevant dates.