How to Make a PDF Calendar Cover from a Picture

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

Today I have a little tutorial for you! If you're the type to print your own planner, you may have run into a small problem - you need covers for your planner. Certain types of pages are two-sided, meaning they are pages that face each other. This means page one is a cover, a blank page usually (page 2 & 3 face each other). And that's just boring. But you can't just use whatever picture - it needs to be the right size. And, ideally, it would be something you actually like, not just what you can find.

So here is a tutorial to take whatever image you want - I suggest any free computer or phone background, or free stock image - and turn it into a properly sized PDF.

Supplies

All you need for this is Google Drive and an image of your choosing. The photo I'm showing is a free stock image I got through Her Creative Studio from their monthly emails. Their images are top-notch, fyi. 

Tutorial

1 Open Google Drive and create a new Slides Presentation. 

2 Go to File > Page Setup

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

3 Set page size to your desired size. Typically you'll want 8.5 x 11 (letter), 5.5 x 8.5 (half letter), or 3.75 x 6.75 (personal). 

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

4 Drag and drop your JPEG or PNG image onto the page. It will insert the image.

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

5 Size your image to fill the page.

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

6 You can see a preview of your page on the left-hand side. Unfortunately the slide size is not shown in the main area, so it's a bit harder to adjust. Move the image until you get a preview of what you want.

7 Add whatever text you want. Unfortunately you can only access google's fonts (not your own) but they have a huge variety. (and most people aren't obsessive font hoarders like me)

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

8 Once it's to your liking, feel free to save it (or don't). Go to File > Download As> PDF. It will immediatley download to your computer.

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

9 Find where it downloaded to (probably 'Downloads') and open it in your PDF viewer. 

How to Make a PDF From an Image for a Planner Cover | Rourke Planners

Et Voila. You now have a personalized PDF to use for your new planner. 

Comment below - what tips and tricks do you have for customizing your planner? 

Happy Planning!
Amanda