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How to Turn Family Photos into Coloring Pages for Free

Updated on September 6, 2012

Parents are always looking for ways to keep kids busy during the weekends or long summer vacations. Making coloring pages is one fun activity to do with preschool and elementary age kids. It can be a lot of fun for children to color pictures of themselves, as well as their friends, relatives and favorite toys. You can easily turn personal photos into coloring pages. Creating and coloring personal photos can be a fun activity to keep kids busy during the summer.

Be Funky (befunky.com) is a photo editing and photo effects website. You can use some of Be Funky’s features for free. You must create an account first.

Turn your kid's photos into coloring pages
Turn your kid's photos into coloring pages

Creating Your Coloring Pages

Once you log into your account, upload your photos. Choose the first photo that you want to convert. Then choose Artsy Effects. To create a coloring page, choose Sketcher. Sketcher has two options: Clutter Cleaner and Sketch Detail. You will have to play around with these settings to get the effect you want.

Clutter Cleaner – This is used to remove unwanted details from the picture. For example, if a child is standing in front of a textured wall, the clutter cleaner can be used to remove the texture. This creates much cleaner pages for coloring.

Sketch Detail – This creates fewer or more lines. If it is set too low, necessary lines may not show up. If it is set too high, you may have far more lines and details than you want.

When you are happy with your coloring page, you can save it to your computer. Just go to Save and choose To Computer. Once it has been downloaded, you can print a copy for your kids to color.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing! It's an awesome idea to use your own photos as coloring pages. My son would love this. Voted up and awesome!

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      Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

      What a fantastic idea. I will defiantly be giving this a go. Thank you for such a useful tip.xxx

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      mama_em 5 years ago

      Cool idea, thanks!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Nice photo editing ideas here, great stuff for kids as well. I like your style of writing how to hubs, nice one. Voted up and out.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      Great hub I really wish all these things had been around when my kids were little. I'll just have to hope I have grandchildren then I'll be the funkiest gran ever :)

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      WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

      Very cool!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Such an awesome idea and really need to try this for my girls. Thanks for sharing, have shared and voted up too!!

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      Thank you all for your comments. Befunky.com has other great free photo editing tools that kids may like to play with.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      What fun projects I could make with this option--thanks!

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      RTalloni,

      It is a lot of fun, especially if you teach kids how to use it.

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      hallta 3 years ago

      Although not free, there's also ColorbookIt, which seems to be aimed right at making your own coloring books.

      https://www.colorbookit.com/

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