How to Create a Coloring Page from a Photo

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Creating coloring pages from photos is a popular technique, but one that takes a bit of patience and attention to detail. It's something that people ask in our EKitHub Facebook Group a lot, so we wanted to share the above step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do it using PhotoShop or other quality editor.

If you'd like some quick written steps to run with, we've got you covered as well. To make a coloring page from a photo, you can use a photo editing software or app to manipulate the image and convert it into a black and white outline. Briefly,

  • Choose a photo that you want to turn into a coloring page.
  • Open the photo in a photo editing software or app that you are familiar with, such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. GIMP is free software that is pretty much the same quality calibre as Photoshop.
  • Convert the image to black and white. This can be done using the desaturate or grayscale option in your photo editing software.
  • Adjust the contrast and brightness levels of the image to create a clear outline. You can use the levels, curves or contrast adjustment tools to achieve this.
  • Use the threshold filter to create a sharp outline. This can be done by adjusting the threshold slider in your photo editing software.
  • Clean up any unwanted areas or smudges in the image using an eraser or the clone tool.
  • Save the file as a high-resolution image, preferably in a vector format such as SVG or PDF.

A Few Extra Tips for Using Photos to Make Coloring Pages

Choose the right photo: Select a photo that has clear lines and shapes, with minimal shading or gradient. Photos that are too dark, too blurry, or too busy can be difficult to convert into coloring pages.

Adjust the contrast and brightness: Use photo editing software to adjust the contrast and brightness of the photo, making sure that the lines and shapes are clearly defined. This will make it easier to trace the outlines of the photo.

Note that the process may vary depending on the photo editing software or app that you are using, but the general idea is to convert the photo into a black and white outline that can be easily colored. Watch the video above if you'd like more step-by-step help, showing how to do it in the software program.

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