Make Your Own Coloring Books

coloring book craft

Coloring books can be a kid’s best friend, right? Well, you can make these even more interesting and fun by using your own personal photos to create a coloring book for your child. Here are the steps to using your own personal photos to create a coloring book:

Decide which photos you want to use.

When selecting pictures, it is best to use pictures that have a lot of contrasting colors and are in focus. This way, you will have a lot of clear and distinct lines and you will clearly be able to make out the picture later.

Next, use a software that will allow you to make edits to your pictures. Probably the most commonly used is Pixlr, not only because it is free but because it is very easy to use and allows you to make great coloring book pages. Open Pixlr or whatever software you prefer and find the image in the “open image from your computer” option.

Your photo will immediately appear. Then, go to the sidebar on the right and open the Navigator menu. This will allow you to move all around on your picture, zooming in and out.

Next, at the top of the page, hit the adjustment tab. Then locate the Desaturate option, this will turn your photo black and white.

From here, you’ll want to right click on your mouse and find Background in the Layers options, then hit Duplicate Layer. This will add a new layer that it will call Background Copy.

Then, go back to the adjustment options at the top of the page and select Invert.

Now, you put it all together with a little skill. Use the little box that has the two arrows at the bottom left corner. This will allow you to get access to the Opacity and Mode options. From here, you want to change your Background Copy layer from Normal mode to Add mode. This is going to make your entire photo go white.

Then, the Amount slider will pop up. Drag the slider to the right and the left to see how it is going to change your image. This will adjust the strokes in your image. Try to make it so that it is at a medium point, so that you can see the image clearly.

Next, right click on the Background copy again and hit the Merge Down option.

Hit the Adjustment menu and then select levels. A graph should pop up as soon as you select this option.

Move the slider pretty far to the right so that you can see your image get dark.

Then, move the grey and white sliders all the way to the left, which will leave you with dark outlines and almost all white insides.

Your image is complete! Follow these steps for other photos you want to use to make your own coloring book. You can also play around with this software to create your own images and edit pictures so that they are easier or less complex to draw.