How to Create a PDF Coloring Page Without Special Software

Photo by ppdigital @ morguefile.com
Photo by ppdigital @ morguefile.com

Making a PDF Coloring Page

There are thousands of free coloring pages available for download around the internet, and most of them are in and Adobe Acrobat PDF format. PDF is the standard format because it is quick and easy to download and print these files.

If you want to make your own downloadable PDF coloring page, follow these easy steps. It requires no special software, using only a basic word processor program and a free online utility.

Use photos or drawings to create your own coloring pages.  (Click on images to enlarge.)
Use photos or drawings to create your own coloring pages. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Creating a Coloring Book Image

The quickest and easiest way to create coloring pages is by starting out with photographs. This method also has the advantage of not requiring any drawing skills. Learn how to turn photos into coloring pages.

If you are artistic, you can draw your coloring pages. Trace your final drawing with a dark, bold line and completely erase any remaining pencil marks. Use a scanner to transfer your image onto the computer. If there are any remnants of pencil lines, use the tips for removing gray in the photo coloring page tutorial, using Picnik free photo editor to adjust the contrast and exposure of the image.

Preview your document before saving to make sure the image and text are properly centered on the page, both horizontally and vertically.
Preview your document before saving to make sure the image and text are properly centered on the page, both horizontally and vertically.

Creating a Document File Using Your Coloring Book Image

Open your word processor program. For this example, I used Microsoft Works Word Processor, which comes standard with the Windows operating system.

Insert your image into a new document and resize it so that it is as large as possible while staying within the margins of the page. If desired, you can also add a caption, description, or other text to your coloring page.

You will need to save the document as a Microsoft Word DOC or DOCX file to use the free PDF converter. When saving your document, there will be a drop-down menu of file types to choose from. Choose DOC or DOCX, name your file, select a folder in which to save it, and click on the save button.

The free document converter is at the bottom of the page.
The free document converter is at the bottom of the page.

Converting DOC or DOCX to PDF for Free

While the Adobe Acrobat Reader utility is a free download for viewing PDF files, the software that creates PDFs (Adobe Acrobat) is expensive. Luckily, there is a free online DOC to PDF converter which allows you to convert DOC or DOCX files into PDF files without installing any software.

Scroll to the bottom of the DOC to PDF converter page to find the free converter utility.  Click on the "Browse" button and select your DOC or DOCX file, then click on the "Convert Document" button.  A window will pop up asking if you would like to open or save the PDF file.  Choose the save option to save the converted PDF file to your comuputer.

Sharing Your PDF Coloring Page

Once your finished PDF file is saved to your computer, you can upload the coloring page to the internet to make it available for download. If you have your own website with file hosting, you can upload you coloring pages directly to your website.

If you don't have a file hosting package, look for a file hosting service that allows you to upload your files and make them publicly available. Box.net is a good example of this type of service. Their "Lite" package is free and allows you 1 GB of file storage space with the ability to generate sharing links for websites, blogs, and forums.

If you create a collection of coloring pages, you can also publish your own coloring book for free using Lulu.com. Through their website, you can even sell your coloring book at Amazon.com!

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