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How To Make Coloring Pages From Your Photos

Want to make a personalized coloring book for yourself or the munchkins in your life? Fototiller has put together an easy three-step Photoshop tutorial to make coloring pages for your kids (or yourself!) from any digital photo. If you don't have Photoshop, you can also use Corel Paint Shop Pro. Either way, no one can deny how fun it is to color your puppy orange or your sweetie with green skin.

  1. Open image in Photoshop and size to fit your paper. Create duplicate layer to work with for Steps 2 and 3.
  2. Step Two: Go to Filter–>Sketch–>Photocopy and adjust the detail and Darkness settings. Try to keep the Detail setting as low as possible while still retaining the major outlines of the image. I have set the Detail here at 8 and the Darkness at 5. The Darkness setting just needs to be dark enough to see the outlines you want to keep.
  3. Step Three: Now we’ll clean the image up a bit by adjusting the levels. Go to Layers–>New Adjustment Layer–>Levels and increase the shadow levels (arrow #1) until you are satisfied with the darkness of the lines. Then decrease the highlight levels (arrow #2) to clean up some of the noise in the white areas of the picture. Print it out in black and white (staple the pages together if you’d like to make a book) and you’re good to go.

For additional instructional images and a Corel Paint Shop Pro guide, visit Fototiller.

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CraftyMomma CraftyMomma 8 years
If you don't have photoshop, you can use a program such as Colorize your Photos ( to make coloring pages. It can even save the pages to pdf files so you can print out the kids' favorites again and again...
whammo whammo 8 years
I love this. I am going to make my wife her own coloring book for Christmas. I've picked out pictures of her parents, her childhood and our kids. Plus places we've been and vacation photos. I'm experimenting with what kind of paper to print it on. I'm going to include either a box of Crayons or colored pencils.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
So it's been around awhile...who cares, it's still a great idea!!
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
I'd like to color myself too!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
I've had Photoshop forever and did not know that I could do this. My daughter is going to really like this. :)
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I loved doing these a couple years ago in JASC PSP. =]
bressica bressica 9 years
What a great way to be your own Andy Warhol! Make three of the same image, color or paint them in different colors and then hang them side-by-side... A fun art project!
Snowgoddess Snowgoddess 9 years
Oh, so cool! :D Thank you very much for sharing this tip! Such a great idea! I am not a professional with Photoshop, so find this idea a good way to get better!
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
i love it.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
aww perfect for children! "color yourself honey!" :D
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Awesome idea.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
Loks like find edges in photoshop
cretinhop cretinhop 9 years
i'd love to have my friends color in pictures of each other, then hang them up on my fridge. hehe.
llendril llendril 9 years
cool idea. thanks!
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 9 years
my little cousin's gonna love this!! yay!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
hey! why does she have to always report on "new" things?! i didn't know about this and hadn't thought about it so the news is still relevant. i was thinking of doing a coloring book for my cousin's son and this would be so cool. i love everything you post geeksugar!!!
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
this is very cool.
everythingnice everythingnice 9 years
thanks this is kids will love it
mahalie mahalie 9 years
Read Lifehacker much? Old news...
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
That's pretty cool!
rubialala rubialala 9 years
It's new to me and I think it's awesome. My son is going to FREAK when I give him a coloring page of himself!!!
Nigplz417 Nigplz417 9 years
DUDE this is nothing still cool i guess
starrose starrose 9 years
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