How to Create Coloring Book Pages Using Your Very Own Photos!

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Imagine a world where you can color on your friend’s faces and not get in trouble for it.

Now you can by making your own coloring book out of photos!

With a little help from your photo editor, you’ll be able to turn your very own snaps into a stack of ready-to-be-colored in images.

You may not be able to control the color of your photos while you’re taking pics, but with our coloring book tutorial, you’ll have the power to make your photos any little color you want.

Also, your friends will thank you for not taking a sharpie to their face in real life.

Create Coloring Book Pages Using Photos!

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  • Photoshop or a similar photo editing software
  • A photo with an easy to see subject
  • Non-photo paper
  • Crayons or any coloring medium of your choice
  • Stapler

Step 1: Gather The Troops!

beforeCollect photos you would like to make into a coloring book and open them in Photoshop.

Over exaggerated open mouth photos are highly encouraged–nobody wants a snooze-fest of a coloring book.

Step 2: Hey I Almost See It!

beforeHere comes the fun part! This is where your photo really starts to take on that “coloring book” look.

First make sure your foreground color is set to black (those 2 colored squares towards the bottom left of your document in the tool panel).

Go to the “Filter” menu and go to the sub menu “sketch” there should be a “photocopy” option there. Depending on what version of photoshop you are running the “photocopy” filter may be in a different sub menu–don’t fret!

Most versions have this filter so you might have to a do a lil searching. It’s ok though, think of it as an exciting adobe scavenger hunt! (You like scavenger hunts, right? Yeah, we thought so).

Once you go to the “photocopy” menu you’ll get 2 slider bars, one for “detail” and one for “darkness”. Each photo is different and unique (just like you!) so there is no real science between picking which numbers will look best for your photo.

Slide the sliders over till you get a result that looks similar to the photos below. Don’t worry about a “psychedelic” background or those pesky lil specs that may appear on your friend’s faces, we’ll get rid of those we promise.

Step 3: Out Darn Spots!

beforeAs promised we’re going to take care of that background and bizarre spots on your friend’s faces.

Go to the brush tool and make it white. Simply color in the background and go over any unsightly spots and gnarly shapes.

You can also do the same thing with the black areas. We colored in this little guy’s stylish shades with the black paint brush to make it look more “hey you can’t see his eyeballs, this makes him mysterious and cool” and less “hey, where did the rest of their glasses go? Is that why they were on sale?”

Step 4: Time For The Refrigerator Art Gallery! (Awww Yeaaah)

beforeNow go get “yo’ print on”, grab those crayons & get to town! If not for us do it for your inner child.

When done coloring in your way awesome coloring book pages you can slap those bad boys to the fridge.

Everyone knows only thee best art work gets to be showcased in the refrigerator art gallery. We here believe that your coloring book is so grand that it deserves to grace those giant white doors that is your fridge.

Also while you’re there you can grab a snack and take a nap–all that coloring really works up an appetite and wipes you out!

Other Rad Ideas For Your Coloring Book Pages


  • Take your stapler and staple the pages, instant-book!
  • You can create a comic book with you as the superhero! (or your cat can be a superhero, cats are cool too).
  • Leave enough white space around your photo to draw in your own thought bubbles & leave witty notes to your roomie.
  • These are definitely little kid approved, if you happen to know a lil guy or gal in your life they would be completely stoked with the idea of coloring themselves in. (warning: They may try to really color on themselves, you’ve been forewarned).
  • Fold in half, tape a crayon on the inside and make it an interactive greeting card for your pal.