How to Make a Coloring Book

 Updated: December 3, 2020

Ever wonder how to make a coloring book for your kids? Or how to convert a photo into a coloring page online?

Well, today I’ll show you in a few minutes how to make your own coloring pages from photos for free!

You may wonder, why am I sharing this article on a blogging website? Well momma, if you’re a blogger who wants to grow your email list, you can use this technique to create an amazing freebie!

I’ve created a freebie using this method and over the past month the freebie has converted at 42.3% on a blog post! That’s really high as most inline optin forms convert at 3-5%.

*Please make sure that you have the rights to the pictures before you offer it as a download or optin on your blog.*

Let’s get into it!

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How to Convert a Photo to a Coloring Page

In the video below I walk through how to do this with a line graphic I’ve downloaded from FreePik.com and then edited in PicMonkey.com. But you can use the exact same method to convert a photo into a coloring page.

Coloring Book Creation -websites and tools used:

FreePik.com – to get the graphic

PicMonkey.com – to edit the graphic or photo

Step by Step: How to Make a Coloring Book Online for Free

In case you can’t watch the video, here are the instructions below.

Step 1: Get a graphic or photo from FreePik

Step 2: Import that graphic into PicMonkey

Step 3: Adjust the exposure

Step 4: Add the super Black and White filter

Step 5: Import images into a Word doc

Step 6: Save as a PDF

How to make a coloring book - save as PDF

Step 7: Print out for your kids or use as an optin on your blog

Now if you want to take this a step further and not just give it to your kids for arts and crafts – you can turn it into an optin on your and grow your email list.

This is the program I’ve used to grow my email list to thousands – it is affordable, work super well, integrates with almost everything and is simple yet robust enough to grow my blog into a full time income.

Have any questions on how to turn pictures into coloring pages for your kids or blog? Just leave a comment below!

How to Make a Coloring Book


  • Thanks for the interesting article! I’m using the Canva too, also I want to share with you one very interesting tool for creating coloring pages from photos or images, and it’s for free. Here https://mimi-panda.com/ you can create a personal coloring book from real photos, you just need to upload a photo and in a second your coloring page will be ready for download or print.

  • Does it have to be a graphic or can you use a photograph that you took? For example if I was to create more of a workbook type product of a historical site and went to the location and took pictures of the monuments would they work the same way in PicMonkey or do I need to look for a different program for that?

    Thanks!

  • Thank you so much for this tutorial, I have wanted to know how to do this for the past year but couldn’t figure it out.
    If a PDF is saved to your media center, when people download the PDF as a freebie is that considered a view?
    Thank you again great video

    • Suzi, thank you for sharing this detailed tutorial! I love it. I also emailed their customer service to have my own record & peace of mind… here’s their response for anyone else wondering about the ‘legality’ of this:

      you want to use Freepik resources on products that will be sold to multiple customers, please note that our images cannot be used as main elements of your design, since this will be considered as a redistribution of our resources. This means that you must add other third party designs or self made images that have more weight than ours to create the composition of the design and use our images as backgrounds or secondary elements on the final composition.

      The usage of multiple Freepik images to create a design will be considered as the main element of the design since all the images belong to Freepik.

      Please be aware that this rule applies to free and premium users.

      If you download Freepik’s resources as a free user you must include the attribution line “Designed by Freepik” on the products you are willing to sell and a link referring http://www.freepik.com placed on your website. In case you don’t want to include this attribution line, you must purchase any of Freepik Plans.

      Please remember that you are not authorized in any case to make business or deliver the original (or modified) editable AI/PSD/EPS file to anyone, sub-license, resell or rent any of our resources. You may deliver PNG/PDF files if required.

      You will find further information about the usage of our resources and a clear example in the following links:

      Hope this helps!

  • What an awesome idea! I think this will work for my niche as well. I think the simple act of coloring will help veterans overcome a lot of things they are going through. Putting pencils, pens, crayons to paper and creating their own images. I know coloring books are mainly for kids but adults enjoy coloring too, maybe make it a painting book for adult, with all the painting classes coming up and all. We just had a painting event for veterans recently!

  • So the coloring book that you used as an opt in that got such a high conversion rate was a custom photo book for each child or one with a certain them??

  • I think an even better idea would be to use different images or graphics together to make an entirely new design that you could then use to create the coloring image.

    You can find images to use by going to places like Pixabay or Pexels. They have photos and vector images like the ones Suzi showed she got from FreePik. Be sure to check the license to make sure they can be used commercially (if you plan to sell them or use them as lead magnets).

    • Yes, that is what I am doing for my printables right now. Using Freepik’s images as secondary Images. I will do that and then change them into coloring pages just to be on the safe side.

      I will double check with freepik about the single image use for coloring pages. It would be so nice to do that if you want to create something simple like Suzi’s coloring book.

      Yes…I am obsess about Licensing that it basically stops me from doing anything because I am not sure I am reading it correctly.
      It’s great to get others’ perspectives on the matter. Thank you!!

  • You mentioned in the post about creating a coloring book to offer as an opt-in, then in the video only refer to using these for personal use because of licensing. Where would you suggest getting pictures that you’re intending to use as an opt-in or giveaway? Thanks so much!

    • Hey Lori – Because terms & conditions can change often, I’m always nervous to give a recommendation outright because I don’t want to lead anyone the wrong direction if the terms change. I spoke with Freepik and with their premium plan they were fine with me including their images into a pdf to offer as an opt in, but I’d encourage you to look at the terms of any program you are looking to use just to be clear. Always good to get it in writing!

      xo,
      Suzi

  • Hi Suzi.

    I’ve been a premium member of Freepik for a while now and have always wondered if I can use their images as stand-alone for freebies on my blog. But was told by Freepik that that was not allowed under their license. Their images could only be a small part of a bigger design. Is this different if you are a business offering it for your reader for personal use? It would be great to be able to do these images as stand-alone freebies.

    • I’m no lawyer, so I’d suggest investigating further before making a decision based on this, but…I’m not sure that’s really what they have in mind when they talk about using the images as stand-alone. Typically what sites have in mind with that kind of license is that you can’t take the product they’re giving you and then just turn around and offer it as a product.

      Because of the nature of THIS product, I think it’s a little bit of a fuzzy line, but it seems like Suzi has taken the product Freepik offered and used it in the creation of a new, different product.

    • Hi Ngoc,

      I would trust what Freepik tells you – I went back and forth explaining my specific use case just to be 100% sure. In my case I was using their images and modifying, changing, and embedding them into specific other products. If you download their images and then simply offer them to someone else – that would probably be considered reselling and would not be a good idea.

      I tell myself “If I’m not 100% sure about it – get it in writing from the company itself.” And keep that email for future reference 🙂

      • Yes, I have seen people selling Freepik’s images as stand- alone and it drives me crazy. And I start to second guess if am allow to do that as well, such as when you use images from pixabay.

        I have read their term of use and messaged Freepik’s several times regarding licensing. Depending on who you talk to the answers are different. I will message them again to confirm usage. Then I am off to making color pages like crazy for my sons and the blog.

        Thank you for the wonderful post and answering my question!!!

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