I need a little calendar icon to replace a “new” icon for the calendar I created for the Highland Park Public Library. The calendar is no longer new (I created it in 2006).
I could have looked for a calendar icon. But I would need one that I have permission to use. I found one almost immediately in Google Images that I did not have permission to use. The calendar had been photographed at an angle. I decided it would take less time to create one on my own then search for a fitting one.
I took about five photographs of the calendar near my desk. Here’s the one I chose:
Do you see a lot of extra “stuff” in the photo? Here’s how I eliminated what I didn’t want:
First of all, I cropped out much of the sides of the photo. I just needed a few dates. Also, it happened to be a calendar from my kids’ school, and thus it had Hebrew dates. I didn’t need those, and so I used the clone stamp to eliminate the dates. The clone stamp is a great tool to know well: you just alt-click on the area you want to copy, then click and drag to copy it to the area you don’t want seen.
Then, as the photo is a bit dark, I lightened it and increased the contrast using Edit–>Adjustments–>Brightness/Contrast.
As it still looked a bit dull, I applied a bluish green photo filter, with
Here are the three icons, from dark gray to light gray to greenish blue:
I used the pencil tool to add more emphasis to the lines. And I selected the numbers with the magic wand tool to darken those:
Final step: a wonderful filter tool called Reduce Noise (Filter–>Noise–>Reduce Noise):
You might say, oh, that’s a tiny little thing, but I do find it fits well on the library’s events page.