Calendar with Images from Video Games

“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all Number One, we’re only mortal.”
“Speak for yourself sir, I plan to live forever.”
Picard and Riker in “Star Trek: Generations”

I’m a fan of wall calendars and I usually use my own photos. This year however, I wanted something different. So I used screenshots from video games.

It’s one of the nice things regarding the PS4. You can easily take screenshots by pressing the share button. The images end up in the Capture Gallery and can be transferred easily to other devices via an USB stick (or online, if that’s your thing). And of course, you can take screenshots with many other systems as well.

And there’s nothing stopping you from putting those images into, e.g., Photos on the Mac and create a calendar with them. Digital images are digital images. (BTW, really hate Photos and still use Aperture for the normal editing. Hmm, two tips here: Photos opens automatically if you connect a device, unless you deactivate “Open Photos for this device” in Photos when you click on the device under “Import” in the left-side bar. The option is displayed above the left bar then. Also, if you select photos to place in the calendar, Photos wants to “suggest” images. Right click in the Unused Photos area — bottom of the screen, see below — and deactivate “Enable Auto-fill Suggestions”. Photos is a really bad Apple app regarding the handling of the settings.)

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Creating a calendar in Mac’s “Photos” with screenshots (or other graphics) from video games.

If you create a calendar you can order it online and it gets delivered via mail. (Somehow Photos gave me a “Store is being updated” (or something like this) message for days. After restarting the notebook and entering my credit card infos in the iTunes store, it worked. Strange bug, no idea what the actual problem was. Hmm, it might actually have been my firewall, come to think of it. Anyway, finally it worked.)

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As usual with Apple, the packaging is part of the product.

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The print quality is fine. Cover picture is from “Life is Strange” (not a screenshot but a graphic I found online, sorry, no idea anymore where).

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Okay, using a scene from “The Last of Us: Left Behind” in June wasn’t the best idea (snow in June?). But anyway.

So, now I have a nice personalized calendar for 2016. Did not take much work and the result is quite nice. Yeah. 🙂

Categories: Improving your Creativity, Infrastructure, Inspiration, Music & other Art, Realizing Creative Projects


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