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Tuesday
Dec062005

Coffee 2006: A Calendar for Coffee Lovers

I've just posted up a new Coffee calendar my wife and I worked on together and have prepared over at Cafe Press. Gail has been searching for coffee-themed calendars and just couldn't locate any in local stores or online — so she had the idea to create one instead. Hey, this is a make it yourself world, right? :-)

Coffee 2006: A Calendar for Coffee Lovers

So, she setup a studio in the kitchen garden window and shot various coffee items from our own coffee collection with a Canon A20 digital camera. She had a blast shooting the images.

I took the black and white images, cropped and oriented them in Photoshop, and added some coffee-related descriptions on each image. Next, I shaded the edges, adjusting of the contrast, followed by the application of the Cutout filter to get the high contrast, posterized look I was aiming for. I think it turned out well.

Once the structure was working, I began colorizing each monthly image, starting with a warm red for January and working through the color range in a rainbow-like manner, to December. For the cover, I chose an image of our french press, slicing it into several pieces, then colorizing them to match the feel of the monthly images.

Finally, the images were all uploaded to Cafe Press into a calendar template that's printed on heavyweight, glossy stock. It's quite easy to manage products on the site, and what I like best, all of the transactions are handled for me.

So, if you're a coffee fan, or know someone who is, our Coffee 2006 Calendar could make the perfect gift. Stop by my Cafe Press store, have a look at the Coffee 2006 Calendar and pick one up today. :-)


Black and White Version

We've also created a black and white version for those who want something a little more subdued. Check it out at our Cafe Press store.


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Reader Comments (7)

Looking good Rohde-san.
December 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Arentsen
Hey, Mike, I just wrote about this calendar here. I don't think the trackback worked ("403 Forbidden"), so here's a comment!
December 7, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel
The artwork you produced for November is especially good!

Your disciple,-- C.S.C.
December 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos
nice calendar...i like the play of colors on different pages....the outline looks great too...where did you have it printed?
December 20, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
It gets printed on demand from Cafe Press actually. We should be getting a copy this week to see how it looks.
December 20, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Mike, you and your wife did a great job on the calendar design. But hey, for next year? Show me more BEANS! Or the beautiful flow of steaming hot cofee pouring into a cup. Where are the coffee STAINS that we always seem to leave behind (on the kitchen table or at my desk at work)? And show us your wife's beautiful photos, untouched by Photoshop, and focus on writing clever little stories about each photo. Once you're done, sign me up for a dozen and I've got myself some holiday gifts taken care of for '07!
December 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon Gerena
Hey! Great Calendar! I just ordered one for my wife. She needed one for her personal scheduling next year, and she's a big-time coffee fan.

TMann
December 24, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTMann

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