1.OPEN YOUR IMAGE
Make sure you have a backup copy
before you begin.
2.CR EATE A DUPLICATE LAYER
Choose Layer ⇒ Duplicate Layer.
3.CR EATE AN IMAGE OUTLINE
Make sure your default ink color
is set to black. Choose Filter ⇒ Sketch
⇒ Photocopy. You can adjust the levels of
detail and darkness until you’re pleased
with the image. The image here uses
Detail 4 and Darkness 10.
4.AD JUST LEVELS
To fine-tune your image, choose
Image ⇒ Adjustments ⇒ Curves. You
can also use the Lasso tool to adjust
portions of the image that are lighter or
darker than the rest. When you’re satisfied with your picture, save the results
as a JPEG file.
5.CR EATE MARGINS AND
If you’d like to insert captions into your
book (see photo 7), use Image ⇒
Image Size and Image ⇒ Canvas Size
to change the position of your image
on the page. Use the Text tool to write
6.CR EATE A COVER PAGE
You can add a full-color title
page, or use one of your black-and-white
outlines as the cover.
7.PR INT, BIND,
Choose File ⇒ Page Setup to select
paper size. Print the coloring book pages
in black and white, and the cover page
in color (if you choose). For the best
results, use high-quality, acid-free paper.
Bind the book, and bundle it with boxes
of crayons, colored pencils, or markers
if it’s going to be a gift.
NOTE: There are
several ways to create
coloring book images in
Photoshop, so this project
is also a great way to get
better acquainted with
this powerful tool. GIMP
and other photo-editing
software will also work.