2 Simple Ways You Can Create a Coloring Book in Photoshop

2 Simple Ways You Can Create a Coloring Book in Photoshop


As the holiday season approaches, you are probably looking for ways for you and your family to pass some time. Why not relax and destress with coloring books? Now, you don’t have to go out and skim through tons of coloring books to find images that are fun to color. You can make coloring books yourself. All you need is:


  • Images, photographs, or vectors
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Some time


With that, let’s get into the two simple ways you can create a coloring book. So simple that anyone can do it!

Using Vector Images to Create a Colouring Book


Step 1: Start a new document in Photoshop. You can pick whichever size you want, but ideally, you want it to be 8” by 10”, so it is big enough for you to color with ease. 


Step 2: Choose a vector pack of images. Browse through to find the perfect images that you and your family will enjoy coloring. One thing you need to ensure is that the stroke color is black while the fill color is white. The stroke shouldn’t be too thin or too thick, so keep it around 1 pt. 

Using Images to Create a Coloring Book


Step 1: Start a new document in Photoshop. Once again, you can pick any size you like, we recommend going with 8” by 10”. You now need to open the image you want to use, so, click File and Place your image into the document. 


Step 2: You now need to desaturate the image. Click on the Image tab, scroll down to Adjustment, and select Desaturate from the list. 


Step 3: Now, click on the Filter tab, go down to Sketch, and select Photocopy. We recommend adjusting the darkness to 20 and detail to 3. But play around with it to find a setting you feel is best for you.


Step 4: To remove the background, you need to click on the Select tab and select Color Range. Touch the gray line art with the eyedropper, which will automatically select the outlines of the image on the screen. 


Step 5: Then, click on the Select tab and Inverse option, and the background will no longer be red. 


Step 6: Deselect the lines by hitting Ctrl + D. 


Step 7: It’s now time to darken the lines. Click on the Image tab, select the Adjustment option, and then Levels. Adjust the black levels now, making them dark enough for you to see the outlines of the image.


Step 8: To finish it off, all you need to do is add a white background. 


With that, you have an image you can print on an A4 paper and color. 


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