Converting the DIY Planner hPDA Cards to fit a Franklin Covey Compact Size Planner

D*I*Y Planner forms come in all sizes. However, one size we’ve needed has been the 6-hole compact size. These instructions and screenshots help you take the hPDA cards and resize them to fit the Franklin Covey Compact 6-hole planner. There are two “industry standard” sizes for the 6-hole planners: 3.75″x6.75″ (Day Timer/Day Runner) and 4.25″x6.75″ (Franklin Covey). And of course, many other companies out ther producing planners in roughly this size but the holes don’t always match. I will build a version for the smaller 6-hole size page later on.

This process works best in Photoshop where you have the best control of image/canvas size. I wouldn’t recommend trying it using Adobe Acrobat. (However I have heard that Acrobat 7 seems to have better features.) I do not know if this procedure works with other photo editing programs such as PaintShop Pro, Gimp or PrintMaster Gold. If you own those packages and are able to follow my instructions… feel free to test them out and let me know.

What you’re going to need:

  • The hPDA graphics package from the Templates section here on D*I*Y
  • Photo editing software like Photoshop (recommended)
  • Blue Highway font (optional…if you are going to create dated pages or change information on a page)
  • Calculator (optional)

Open the png file in Adobe Photoshop. Then, go to the Image menu in the application and scroll down to the color mode. Change this setting from Index to Grayscale.

Scroll down to Image size from the same menu. Make sure the “Resample Image” box is unchecked and change the width to 4 inches. You should see the height go to 6.667 and the resolution go from 72 dpi to 450dpi.

Click the “Resample Image” box and uncheck the “Constrain Proportions” box. Then change the height to 6.75″, then click “OK”.

Go to the Image menu and scroll down to Duplicate. You can label the pages even/odd or left/right. The even page becomes the left when looking at the open planner and the odd page becomes the right. Naming it isn’t as important as understanding which page you are printing on which side of the sheet of paper.

Now, the even page’s content sits on the left of the holes while the odd page content sites to the right. Take the file you just labeled even and go to the Image menu. Scroll down to Canvas Size. Click the left center button in the grid and change the width from 4″ to 4.25″. This gives you an image with the content shifted to the left. Click OK. Then do the same for the other image which you saved as “Odd.”

This image shows the even and odd pages with space for the holes to be punched.

Now that you’re done resizing the pages, it’s time to print. Take the even file and print whatever number of sheets you want. Then take that paper and put it back in the printer facing the same direction so that the odd file prints on the other side. (Or follow your printer’s instructions for printing double sized. You may want to test out how your printer prints on two sides before you waste the planner sheets.) I found it best to print with both side and corner crop marks turned on. Trim, punch and then enjoy you new sized forms.

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