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How to Change Digital Photos into Black and White Pictures for Coloring

Updated on September 30, 2015

Example of a Flower Being Colored

Here's an example of how cool the picture looks when you are coloring on a realistic coloring picture.
Here's an example of how cool the picture looks when you are coloring on a realistic coloring picture.

Coloring Pages Converted from Photos

You can easily convert any picture into a coloring page. By taking the saturation, which is the color, out of the picture, you get a black and white photo. Then you can use the contrast and brightness to tweak it to allow enough white space to color. Then all you have to do if figure out how to print these pictures.

The following are examples of these realistic coloring page pictures. These include animals and butterflies. You will need to save the pictures to a document, or you will need to right click to "save as" if you want to keep these and print the pictures. You may be able to right click and print the photos right from the page.

How to Color these Pictures

When you go to color these pictures, keep in mind that these are not simple outlines of objects. Shading and natural casts of light are already on the subjects, so your job is to merely add color.

Keep in mind that you need to use lighter colors on areas that are brightest and darker colors on areas that are already dark.

Another cool idea is to only color the parts of the picture that you want to stand out. For example in the picture here, only color the flower and leave the dark background in black and white to make the flower pop out with colorful contrast.

Notice the different shades of green used on the green part of the plant. Use different shades of colors on the same part to shade and blend colors in a more realistic way.

Coloring Pictures of Flowers

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A great black and white.  Color the flower only and leave the background.Fine detailed petals make this one funBe careful with the shading of this flower.Choose a color for this flower, whether it's realistic or not.
A great black and white.  Color the flower only and leave the background.
A great black and white. Color the flower only and leave the background.
Fine detailed petals make this one fun
Fine detailed petals make this one fun
Be careful with the shading of this flower.
Be careful with the shading of this flower.
Choose a color for this flower, whether it's realistic or not.
Choose a color for this flower, whether it's realistic or not.

Pictures of Animals

In the following pictures of animals, you'll notice that it can be difficult to get the correct color for the actual animals in the pictures. Don't worry too much about accuracy of color. Keep Andy Warhol in mind when you do your coloring and you can call yourself a modern artist.

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A close up giraffe coloring pageOne idea for this ostrich picture is to color the background a crazy color and leave the ostrich black and white.Coloring page of the real Nemo fishHere's an elephant profile Dolphin in the water to color.The original of this bird is breathtakingly beautifully colored.Picture of meerkats to colorA neat picture of a bird on a rockColoring picture of penguinsSee if you can spot the turtle in this flamingo coloring picture.A profile of a giraffe to colorFish picture to color
A close up giraffe coloring page
A close up giraffe coloring page
One idea for this ostrich picture is to color the background a crazy color and leave the ostrich black and white.
One idea for this ostrich picture is to color the background a crazy color and leave the ostrich black and white.
Coloring page of the real Nemo fish
Coloring page of the real Nemo fish
Here's an elephant profile
Here's an elephant profile
Dolphin in the water to color.
Dolphin in the water to color.
The original of this bird is breathtakingly beautifully colored.
The original of this bird is breathtakingly beautifully colored.
Picture of meerkats to color
Picture of meerkats to color
A neat picture of a bird on a rock
A neat picture of a bird on a rock
Coloring picture of penguins
Coloring picture of penguins
See if you can spot the turtle in this flamingo coloring picture.
See if you can spot the turtle in this flamingo coloring picture.
A profile of a giraffe to color
A profile of a giraffe to color
Fish picture to color
Fish picture to color

How to Color a Butterfly

Butterflies are beautifully colored creatures in the natural world. Color these butterflies with the vivid colors you imagine. Don't underestimate the beauty of the contrast between drab colors like brown and grey with bright colors such as lime green or purple. Brightness can only be achieved if there is dullness around to show contrast. Butterflies do this naturally, so attempt this natural trick with your butterfly coloring page.

Real Photos of Butterflies to Color

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Blue morpho butterflyExample of a full color picture of a butterflyblue banded diademForest Queen butterflyJulie Longwing butterflyMalachite butterflyOwl butterflyPostman butterflySmall butterfly
Blue morpho butterfly
Blue morpho butterfly
Example of a full color picture of a butterfly
Example of a full color picture of a butterfly
blue banded diadem
blue banded diadem
Forest Queen butterfly
Forest Queen butterfly
Julie Longwing butterfly
Julie Longwing butterfly
Malachite butterfly
Malachite butterfly
Owl butterfly
Owl butterfly
Postman butterfly
Postman butterfly
Small butterfly
Small butterfly

How to Make Your Own Coloring Pages

If you are interested in making your own coloring pages like these, it's a simple process. If you have any picture editing software, you simply desaturate (take the color out) the picture and increase the contrast and brightness.

The trick is finding the right balance of brightness and contrast to make sure that the major lines of details are present without including too much shading.

3 Steps to Make Your Coloring Pages

Edit using Windows Photo Gallery by doing these three steps.  Click "Fix," go to "adjust color and lower the saturation, and then go to "adjust Exposure to raise the contrast and brightness.
Edit using Windows Photo Gallery by doing these three steps. Click "Fix," go to "adjust color and lower the saturation, and then go to "adjust Exposure to raise the contrast and brightness.

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      Cathy 

      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Voted up because it was an interesting tutorial on how to color part of an image if you want a distinctive picture. Thanks much..

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting! Thanks for this look at making coloring pages.

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