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Make and Print Kids Coloring Pages

Updated on April 25, 2012

Make and print kids coloring pages at home for FREE!  Free, printable coloring pages are just minutes away! Use any one of thousands of pictures of your child's favorite characters!  You can make:

  • Dora the Explorer coloring pages
  • Disney Princess coloring pages
  • Go Diego Go coloring pages
  • Simpsons coloring pages
  • Blue's Clues coloring pages
  • The Backyardigans coloring pages
  • Ni Hao Kai Lan coloring pages
  • Super Why coloring pages
  • Curious George coloring pages
  • Arthur coloring pages
In just five minutes, you can make and print coloring pages for your kids.  Ready to get started?  There are five simple steps.

Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer

Step One: Get a Picture

This is the easy part. You can do a Google Image Search for whichever character you want. For this example, we will use Dora the Explorer.  Download the image on to your PC by right-clicking it and choosing "Save target as..." on a PC or "Download image to ..." on a Mac.

Dora in Grayscale
Dora in Grayscale

Step Two: Set to Grayscale

Open the image in a photo editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop. On a Mac, the image will open in Preview, and all of these adjustments can be done in that program.

The first thing that you will want to do is to remove the color. This can be done by changing the image to grayscale. On a Mac, you will go to Tools menu and choose "Adjust color...", then slide the bar that says "Saturation" down to the left.

Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added
Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added

Step Three: Adjust Sharpness

It is at this point when the outside lines are at their darkest that we want to adjust the sharpness all the way up.  This works best here, and not as well after we "bleach out" the grays.

Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added and Contrast lowered
Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added and Contrast lowered

Step Four: Adjust Contrast

At this point you want to adjust the contrast.  Counter-intuitively, you will want to adjust the contrast DOWN.  This is because if you adjust it up, anything gray becomes closer to black.  Since Dora's clothes, Backpack, skin, and eyes are gray at this point, she would just turn into a black blob if contrast went up.

Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added, Contrast lowered, and Exposure increased.
Dora in Grayscale with Sharpness added, Contrast lowered, and Exposure increased.

Step Five: Adjust Exposure

This is the final step to making the image something to color.  Adjust the exposure up, which will effectively bleach out the remaining interior grays, leaving only the dark, sharpened lines.

The Same Process with Princess Jasmine

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Tips and tricks

  • Try to make sure that the image you select has pre-existing black outline if at all possible.
  • Try to avoid characters with yellow as an edge color, as it completely fades out with very little outline.
  • The order of the steps is in the way that worked best for me after some experimentation. If you are up to it, feel free to experiment yourself and add your own suggestions in the comments.


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