Friday, August 02, 2013

Make Your Own Coloring Pages (From Your Personal Pictures!)

 I made these coloring pages using photos for my niece, Blythe.  First...I should say...this is usually how taking pictures goes....
OK...on to this post...
....I've been seeing variations of coloring books online and I was like-if there are more than two clicks....I'm out.  After looking a little more deeply into how to turn pictures into outlines...I figured out....there really are only two clicks to get them going.  And a coloring book was born.  I put together a collection of family photos to send to Blythe to put her own little, four years old, artistic twist too.  She can only improve us, right?
You can take a photo like this...
...and turn it into this...
I'm definitely doing this in book forms to commemorate future visits from family and trips for the little ones to color their own memories to review through the years!
Here are the SUPER simple steps.
Open your photos in photoshop of some sort.  Make sure that the bottom square of color has the black on top...see the picture below with the arrow?
Next up, you go to FILTER on the top bar of choices, drag down to SKETCH and then select PHOTOCOPY.  Like so... 
Then your photo will be in black and white.  On the right hand side there is a little slider that say DETAIL and DARKNESS.  Just mess around sliding these back and forth until you have what you want. 
 The more simple the photo-the bigger the spots to color.  When you are done, press OK, then click print.  You will have a choice of sizes at this point.  If it's a horizontal picture, rotate it 90% and click scale to fit media if you are printing 8x10s.  
Here are a few of the close ups....
 I'll see if I can get an 'after' of some of her art work....

1 comments:

Erin said...

How cool is that?!?!? Thanks!