I have been looking for a good online calendar maker for… half a year!!! I already started thinking that there were no people on the Internet who would think out this simple idea of an online calendar creator for us. Thank God, I was mistaken. Ladies and gentlemen, I was pleased to find free HP Creative Studio!
What is HP Creative Studio?
HP Creaive Studio is the best calendar creator software where you can get various kinds of calendar templates and witty designs that will make a calendar look extraordinary. There are HP Creative Studio for Home and for Business. Since, I search for a customized family calendar with pictures, I use HP Creative Studio for Home.
As you land on the page, you’ve a choice to select between two categories: single-page/yearly calendars at http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/calendars-single_page.html and monthly calendars at http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/calendars-standard_monthly.html.
How to Make a Calendar Online in HP Creative Studio
Everything is clear and simple. Here’s how to make a calendar in HP Creative Studio for Home step by step:
- Choose a calendar type (click on the yearly or monthly calendar link that you see above);
- Select a template. For example, a calendar with pictures, 3D calendar or a photo collage calendar;
- Drag your photo to the empty space;
- Save and print with your color printer. If you have HP printer, the calendar will be printed ideally.
A very useful and pleasant compliment is that you can choose the year and preview the template before you save it to your computer. You can also zoom the layout. One more ingenious feature is the rules on the layout that show the dimensions, so you always know what width should be your paper source and printer adjustments.
HP Creative Studio Templates (Even 3D Calendars!)
HP Creative Studio offers not only colorful and funny calendar templates but you can also find there ideas for unusually looking calendars with ready schemes to print and cut. For example, I was charmed by a 3D Yearly Confetti Calendar.
Which looks like this:
Monthly calendar templates offer layouts for 12 months containing various ideas united by one topic. You can easily personalize these calendars too by adding your own images, family photos, or your friends’ faces to each month.
And the last surprise that made me gasp is that you can make notes in the day cells. You select a day, set up font style and size and get a ready-made calendar with your personal events.
HP Creative Studio Review in a Glance
I liked the HP design studio service because of several reasons:
- I really couldn’t find a good online calendar creator for a long time. The best that I got is Somacon online calendar maker but I didn’t find the feature to add pictures to the templates.
- HP Creative Studio is honest. Each template has a big tag that tells you if the calendar design is free or not. And most of them are free.
- Most of the services offered obsolete templates for the previous years and suggested that I paid for 2012. Thanks, not this time.
After a so long futile chase for a calendar maker, I found the calendar maker service of my dream!
What Happened to HP Creative Studio in 2019? Is it Still Alive?
Unfortunately, The Hewlett-Packard Company shut down HP Creative Studio on November 30, 2019. The official announcement is located here.
What Are Best HP Creative Studio Alternatives?
There are 2 alternatives that you should know about:
1. HP Smart App
As an alternative, HP offers to install HP printer app called HP Smart app available on Microsoft Store for Windows 10. This application let’s you:
- print calendars that you created in any online photo editor
- or access HP Free Printables such as calendars for home/ non-profit use.
But HP Smart app can’t replace HP Creative Studio because it don’t permit to create custom calendars with family photos. After thorough tests, we can’t recommend HP Smart app as a 100% alternative to HP Creative Studio since it doesn’t substitute the major feature why we loved HP Creative Studio so much.
There’s Canva, a great web service that can easily knock down HP Creative Studio! Move to Canva (https://www.canva.com/) and it will replace fully old HP Creative Studio. Let’s sum up its pros and cons.
- fast online app;
- tons of calendar modern design and size templates;
- yearly and monthly calendars;
- full customization: add your own text, images, colors, logos
- lots of import and export (download/print) options
- many paid options and limits;
- not 100% free
- Canva watermark
Still, if you register a free Canva account, you can create a family calendar for free as you did in HP Creative Studio for home. Let’s see how.
How to Make a Printable Custom Calendar Online with Photos in Canva?
Watch video guide below show you how to make a calendar online in Canva:
Follow easy steps to make a free custom printable calendar of 2022 for your family:
- Create a free Canva account at https://www.canva.com/;
- Go to Calendars, or just type word “calendar” in the search box at the top;
- Select a type of calendar that you want to build: yearly or monthly, text or photos, birthday, family, classroom, or travel calendar;
- Go to Uploads section on the left menu to upload your pictures from PC, Dropbox, Facebook or Instagram;
- Drag and drop your personal images on the calendar template;
- Double-click on the text to edit font style, color or size
- When you’re done, click the Download button at the top right corner and select a fily type, for example, JPEG or PDF. Please note that Canva automatically offers paid options, so open “Select pages” list and choose only that you need.
- After the download is complete, you can print your calendar on your home printer. It’s it.
I’m sure you’ll be suprised how easily you can design and build your custom printable calendar with Canva. The workflow is smooth and pleasant. You might feel like a real artist. Give a try to Canva instead of HP Creative Studio. What do you think? Can Canva replace HP Creative Studio?