Looking to create your own printable planner? Here are 7 online resources to help you with that.
The right monthly planner can literally change your life. It makes you focused on important tasks, helps you set priorities, and pushes you to organise your time in the most effective way possible.
When you print out a planner with a gorgeous design, you get inspired one day after another.
It’s great when a graphic designer understands exactly what you need and delivers awesome printable planners for free. But planner design takes a lot of their time, so we mustn’t be too demanding. Plus, they cannot read your mind. If you want the perfect colours, the perfect symbols, and the perfect design that screams you, then you’ll have to make some effort.
The good news is that it’s not that hard to design your own printable planner. There are great tools that lead you to awesome results. We’ll list seven of them.
Thank you to Chris Richardson for contributing this post!
Photoshop is not the most affordable tool you could choose, and it’s not the easiest one to use. But it’s arguably the best tool for creating outstanding design. The good news is that you can try it for free without providing your payment information. So the least you could do is try.
If you’re a complete newbie, you can watch YouTube tutorials on how to design monthly planners with Photoshop. The process is easier than you assume.
You want a free tool that’s easy to use but still offers great flexibility in design? Get familiar to Canva. It’s a great tool for creating all kinds of design, but it’s particularly good for personal planners. All you need to do is make your pick from the extensive library of good-looking templates, and start modifying the design to your preferences.
You can upload your own photos or use stock photos, use filters to fix them, and play with fonts and other design elements.
There’s a tool for you, too. Google Sheets is extremely simple to use. Its features are quite intuitive, so you’ll easily understand how to play with them.
This is a free tool for designers and illustrators, but you can also use it for personal projects even if you don’t have much experience in graphic design. It’s packed with cool drawing features that let you convey your unique character through the design.
With Inkscape, you have absolute control over all elements of your planner, so you can make everything look just as you want it to.
You can go to them with all your instructions, and you can feel free to be as detailed as you want. They will work in accordance with your guidelines, and you’ll get the design by the deadline you set. Easy.
If you want textual elements in your planner, such as motivational quotes, you can rely on the writers from the service.
This is only for the pros! If you’re a great illustrator and you’d love to express that creativity through the planners you create for yourself, then Adobe Illustrator is the best tool you could possibly use. All those beautiful hand-drawn illustrations you’ve seen on Etsy result from the use of this tool.
Unlike the raster-based Photoshop, this is a vector-based tool that allows you to scale a pattern without affecting the quality of the image. If you want a design with repeating patterns, Illustrator will certainly meet your expectations.
Picmonkey is mainly used for photo editing and retouching, but it’s also a lovely collage maker. You can certainly use that feature to design an awesome planner or calendar, as long as you’re creative enough.
Picmonkey is probably the best tool for people with no experience in graphic design software.
Where to find clip art and fonts to create your printable planner
Now that you know which software and apps will help you create your own printable planner, you will probably need some clip art and fonts if you want to decorate it.
If your planner is only for your own personal use, then you may use any clip art and fonts for personal use. Dafont.com and Vecteezy.com are good resources for that.
If you want to sell your printable planner, then you will need to buy clip art and fonts with extended licenses. Don’t be tempted to use free resources that you only have a personal license for – you will get in trouble!
So where to find those extended licenses? Creative Market and Design Cuts are my favourites. I especially like Design Cuts because you can buy a bunch of fonts and vectors in bundles for only $29. And you get an extended license with that! Which means you can use those resources in work that you sell. It’s the freaking best.
There you have it! Now, you’re ready to start designing your own printable planner. Maybe the first attempt won’t be perfect, but who cares? It will be yours truly, and you’ll love it for that. You’ll be getting better with practice, so don’t give up too soon!
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