Make Your Own Coloring Book with Family Photos

Did you know that my full time “real” job is working as an Art Director and graphic designer? Yep, along with painting, sanding and crafting, I spend most of my days playing around with Photoshop.

Well today I thought I would show you one of my favorite little tricks with your family photos… make a personal Kids Coloring Book!

make your own coloring bookHere’s what you’ll need:

  • 10 or so family photos
  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
  • Printer with black ink

First thing you need to do is find 10+/- photos that you’d like to use. Some ideas might be photos of your kids on vacation, your pets, your kiddo’s favorite stuffed animals or toys.

crop coloring book imagesCrop down the photos to 8 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall. This will help all your pages be in unison and give you a nice, clean quarter-inch border around each page when you print on letter-sized paper.

photoshop kids coloring bookNext you’re going to find the Photocopy filter in Photoshop. Before you begin, make sure your color palette is set to black and white. Then go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy.

Photoshop Photocopy tutorialA new window will pop up with your photo adjusted. You can play around with the Detail and Darkness to get the perfect effect. When finished adjusting, click OK.

And here’s the final result…

make your own coloring bookPretty cool, right? Just make sure you adjust each photo separately since the darks and lights are different in every photograph. Also, if you have a little gray spotting that you’d like to get rid of, just use an eraser to clean it up!

make your own photo coloring bookOnce you’re done adjusting all of your photos and you’ve saved them to your desktop, print them out in black ink on your computer’s printer. If you’d like, create a fun family cover and staple the book together.

make your own kids coloring bookAnd you can even download the cover art for free! Just save the file below to your desktop and edit in your graphics program. The font I used for my daughter’s book is called Blockhead and I downloaded it for free from 

coloring book cover artYep, pretty cool {and cheap} project. Great for long car rides or rainy days! Or maybe even a fun gift idea…

create your own coloring book





    • June Orr says

      This was a wonderful idea and was presented in a way that was easy to understand. I am always looking for unique crafts, things to do and this one was perfect. Thank you for sharing this.

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