Turn Photographs Into Coloring Pages

by Destri on August 8, 2012

Turn Photos Into Coloring Pages

Hey friends!  Oh, how I have missed you.  No really.  Normally moves are smooth with just a few days of down time for me – but this time around just about put me under.  I would love to recount all the ways it did me wrong, but I’m afraid my brain has entered the let’s pretend that never happened mode to recover.  So moving right along…

One of our most popular posts here on TMH has been how to turn your photos into coloring pages.  You know how kids love to look at photos of themselves?  Well turn that picture into a coloring page and you’ve just made them the star of their artwork. They think it’s so cool.  You can even use it for making your own homeschooling printables.  Since Picnik retired I receive at least one email a week asking if I know any other way to do the process.  Good news – I do!  Catch me after the jump!

How To Turn Photos Into Coloring Pages

Turn a Picture Into a Coloring Page

For this tutorial we will be using iPiccy, a really fun online photo editing platform that has a pencil sketch feature allowing us to make the coloring pages.  I did an earlier post on how iPiccy compared to Picnik, and found it to be very easy to use.  You don’t need an account or register to use it, just upload the photo and within minutes your kids will be busy playing Picasso allowing you to read that book that’s been collecting dust, or do the laundry, or brush your teeth…

Okay, so when you are the iPiccy homepage it looks like this.  Just click on the “Start Editing!” button.

Now click on the upload photo tab, and upload the picture you plan to use from your computer.

Once the pictures has been uploaded it will be on the editing tab, which is indicated by the little camera on the top tabs.  Here you can resize, crop, or edit the photo.  I left mine alone.

Now click on the little magic wand tab indicated by the red arrow, and then scroll down through the option on the left side and find the Pencil Sketch option indicated by the blue arrow.  It’s fun for the kids to watch this part, click on the button and let them watch the magic happen.

Coloring pages from photos

See, fun right?  I love how the graphic on his shirt stands out so well.

Turning pictures into coloring pages

You can adjust the intensity by moving the little tab on the Strength bar. I upped the strength on mine just a tad.  Another area you can play with this is on the camera tab under levels.  Just adjust the black/white bar until you have it where you want it.

You can add a little text if you want too.  Just click on the layered paper icon from the top tabs indicated by the red arrow, and then the text button indicated by the blue arrow.  Pick a text by scrolling through the options, and then replace the default text by clicking on it, and type in what you want.

To finish, click on the disc icon from the top tabs (it’s the last one) and save to your computer and then print.

Make your own coloring pages for homeschool

Another fun way to use this is making your own printables for homeschooling or preschool.  I found this picture on Flickr through the creative commons page which has photos with sharing licenses to varying degrees. Click on the see more link under the appropriate one for your use and then search for any photo using key words.

Then I just saved it to my computer and edited with the pencil sketch and text features on iPiccy.

So many fun things you can do with this, and at the very least make your kids day.  For realz, they’ll flip – trust me!

Hope everyone is having a great day, and thanks so much for reading!


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

iPiccy doesn’t seem to have a “pencil sketch” button. Am I missing something? Been looking for a way to do this without Photoshop for days! Any help would be appreciated.


Destri August 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Hi Michelle, after you upload the photo, click over to the magic wand (with the stars) tab at the top right next to the camera, and you will scroll down to the Artistic category and there you will find the pencil sketch option – let me know if you find it!


Louise August 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

OMG!!! Thank you, so much. I have been so lost without the coloring page for my grandmiracles since it is no longer available on PicNik .
This is a great tutorial and so easy!!!!
Thanks, again.


Destri August 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

You’re welcome! I have been waiting for Picmonkey to add the pencil sketch feature, but then found the iPiccy had it so we’re in luck!


Danielle February 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Wow, this is a really fun idea–it is just what I was looking for : )



shaina April 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi , I am having a hard time saving and printing the image. My computer programs are not showing it after I saved it. Is there a way to print straight from that page?


ttrotts September 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

I want to turn my logo into a coloring page. Can i do that with this?


Destri September 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

That depends on the logo. If it has outlined white space, that would work. Also, make sure to use ipiccy.com as picnik is closed!


Emily October 16, 2013 at 4:27 am

Thank you! I hope this works. I like to do embroidery, but of course I dont like iron on patterns because they are usually too simple, so then I try and make patterns out of pictures I like, and sometimes they work, but most the time its a huge fail. The most recent pattern I tried was of a nativity scene and my pattern rubbed off and all kinds of problems, but if I could get my picts to look like coloring book pages, then my pattern transfers would be better I think. So thank you!


Brooke R. April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I just found your post today! This was AWESOME! I made one for each of the Daisies in my girl scout troop! Thank you for sharing :)


Aubrey Mobley June 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Thank you for this, I tried a couple other coloring page links, one was crayola, and the results were terrible, this one was perfect first time, even without tweaking.


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