Make Your Own Coloring Pages From Photos

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Also, before we start, I have two different ways to making coloring pages from photographs using Gimp.  I will call them Method 1 and Method 2.

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Now, the page is done and it’s time to save. Take a look at the next step to see how to save your coloring page if you are working in Gimp.

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There are multiple ways to create custom coloring pages with Rapid Resizer. If you are not a paid Rapid Resizer subscriber, you can still turn photos into black and white line drawings for free!

A window will open with locations. Type in YourFileName.jpg in the “Name” line. Pick where you want your file to be. Click “Export”

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4. Repeat the steps with Windows Tab->Dockable Dialogues-> Undo History and Windows Tab ->Dockable Dialogues-> Layers

Once you have your photo open, here are the steps for the first way of making a coloring page from photo.

5. Drag them all together under your toolbox. You are all set to get started.

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This is what should happen once you apply the Neon Edge Detect Filter.

In Gimp, to save a picture as a Jpeg file you need to follow the following steps.

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To open a file in Gimp, just open the location of your file and then pull the file into the open gimp window.

Take a look at that window (Let me remind you to click on each photo to enlarge and see the details better!). You have two values: radius and amount, plus a little preview window. I like to scroll the preview window to an important part of the photo, like the eye, and judge by that. Adjust the value amounts until you have a clear view of the edges. Then click “OK”.

The draw tool on Rapid Resizer Designer and Pro version is a great way to create your own designs.  Designer version lets you place an image in the background and trace over it as well. I used the Draw Tool to import images and add custom text to my coloring page.

Using the eraser tool from the Toolbox, I erased the spots on the upper right.

The second method works great as well. It is a little different and has a slightly different result. Here is an example. Here is a photo of my friend’s dog.

Each photo will have a different optimal levels. For example, check out the dog photo above.

You want to make the background lighter, while making sure all the important lines remain darker. If you look at the photo above, you will see where I positioned the input levels for the cat photo.

Now go to Colors->Desaturate, to make your photo black and white.

Once you open it, a window will come up. You will see two arrows. Move them around until you are happy with the result. Each picture will have a different optimal position for the arrows. That’s all, this bird coloring page is all done! You are welcome to color it in now, and I would love to see the results!

If all else fails, you can always get a simple and inexpensive Light Up Tracing Pad and a print out of your photo, and trace it by hand. I have done so on several occasions, and the results can’t be beat.

When you click on Desaturate, a window will pop up.  There are three options there: lightness, luminosity, and average. I usually play around to see which option I like best. Click OK.

Alright, here we go! As mentioned before, for this tutorial I am using Gimp, and Windows 8.1 as my OS. Once it’s downloaded and open, Gimp needs a bit of tweaking to be ready, so here is a little bit on getting started.

If you’re a Rapid Resizer Online subscriber, you can also print big, across multiple pages.

You will get a window with two scales: input levels and output levels. The input levels has three arrows. These are the arrows you want to play with.

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3. Next click Windows Tab->Dockable Dialogues-> Device Status. Drag and drop to the toolbox.

Using the little square select tool in the upper left corner of your toolbox, select the area you want to be in your coloring page. I am choosing to get rid of some of the extra white space on the left.

Go to Color->Desaturate. That will make the coloring page black and white.

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I actually went back and applied the Photocopy filter one more time.

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1. This is what gimp looks like when you just open it. Each time you open an option, it creates a small separate window. You can group all the windows together by dragging and dropping the window where you want it to go.

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Here is a gallery of all the resulting coloring pages from this tutorial. Have fun coloring them, just click to enlarge:

When you click on Desaturate, a little window pops up with the three options: lightness, luminosity, and average. I picked luminosity because it provided the most lovely result in terms on contrast and values.

First lets talk about the kind of photo you will need. You need that photo to be in focus, with the main subject you will want to color to be relatively centered. You want the background to be not too busy. If your background is too busy it will result in a coloring page that is confusing. Take a look at these:

You will get a pop up window with four options: mass radius, sharpness, percent black and percent white. Focus on an important part of your picture, like the eye, and adjust all the options accordingly. Of course, it will vary from picture to picture.

Have you ever wanted to make coloring pages from photographs? Every so once in a while I love to color in a pets fuzzy face or a smiling loved one.  While there are many ways to do it, and lots of different software to help you along the way, here is two tutorials on making coloring pages from photographs using Gimp.

Here is a good choice.  If you would like to color the Thistle or any other coloring page in this tutorial, just click on the photo to enlarge and color! As you can see, the background is not busy, and the thistle flower is clearly visible against it. That resulted in a great coloring page!

For demonstration purposes I am using this picture of the cat:

Another small window will pop up. This one has to do with the image quality. You can leave it at 100%, but decreasing it even by 10% makes the file much much smaller.  Click “Export”. This will save your file in the location of your choice.

The second Photocopy filter helped clean up the picture a bit.

As a matter of fact, my dog picture levels were completely different from the cat picture levels!

Gimp is a wonderful open source software that has worked great for me in the past. In fact, I personally prefer to use Gimp to Adobe Photoshop.  You can download Gimp 2.8 from their website: Gimp.org (of course you are downloading it at your own risk, as anything else from an external website).  If you are unable to download Gimp, you can try using Pixlr, a free online photo editor.

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I like how this photo worked out with Method 2 way more then the way it looks with Method 1:

2. Open Windows Tab ->New Toolbox to add a toolbox to your work space. Follow with click Windows->Dockable Dialogues-> Tool Options. Drag the tool options tab and drop it right into your Toolbox.

The Picture Stencil Maker on Rapid Resizer can turn your photos into black and white images.  

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On tabs go to Filters->Edge-Detect->Neon. Click on that filter, and a window will pop up with different settings.

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The pictures are the screenshots of how I worked.  It is hard to see small details, and to see each photo better, just click on it.

Make Your Own Coloring Pages From Photos