How to Create A Custom Coloring Page From a Photo

Have you ever wanted to create your own art of your favorite photographs? Maybe you have an idea that appears fantastic your mind, but turning it into reality is a different story. FotoMedley was started because of a desire to create personalized artwork, without necessarily needing the extreme talent to do so.

This tutorial will walk through how to upload a photo, get it printed, and color it!

1. Uploading Your Image

First, we'll get started by entering the FotoMedley coloring page designer, which can be accessed from the home page.

The first time you use FotoMedley, you'll be prompted to select an image style that you like. You can change your image processing preferences later, but this will get you started. It also will give you a quick demo of how to use things. For this tutorial, we'll be using the top-left option, which is a simple coloring style that tries to maximize white-space for coloring and performs automatic background removal.

Choose a preferred FotoMedley image processing style

It's a good idea to give you project a name, in case you want to have more than one.

Blank FotoMedley project with a name

Find some photos that you think would be good for coloring. Photos with good contrast and lighting and clear people or objects tend to have the best results — on the other hand, photos of forests or things that don't have clear edges often won't look great.

You can upload the photo by drag-and-drop onto the "Upload image" area, or just click on it to browse for you image to upload.

When your image is uploaded, it'll take a couple minutes to process. It takes a little while because, behind the scenes, FotoMedley is running artificial intelligence algorithms to convert the image into a coloring page. It may not look as good as a human artist doing the work, but on many images, it will look fantastic. While you're waiting for you image to process, you can upload additional images as well — they'll be processed in parallel so it'll save you some time overall.

Child at Craters of the Moon National ParkFotoMedley examining the imageResult of FotoMedley processing photo into coloring page

And just like that, we've got a custom coloring page of our photo, with the background removed and it looks pretty great! At this point, we could use the "edit" icon on the page and look at some other options to add text to the page, or change the processing, but we won't explore that in this tutorial. See our article about image processing options to learn more.

2. Purchase and Print Your Image

As you could guess, it takes a lot of computing power to run the artificial intelligence processes to produce your coloring sheets, so if you like the color page you've created, you'll need to purchase a full-size copy. FotoMedley digital download images are rendered at 300dpi for good print quality.

In the top-right corner of the page, just click on the "ORDER" button to proceed through the checkout process.

FotoMedley order popup dialog

After completing the checkout process, you'll be able to download your printable PDF coloring page.

FotoMedley order confirmation download screen

At this point, you can just download/open the PDF and print it to your local printer. The printable page is suitable for standard 8.5"x11" letter page sizes.

Printed FotoMedley coloring sheet

3. Coloring Your Image

Now just have fun coloring your page! Make it look realistic, colorful, or simple. Work on shading techniques, use of light or color. Use crayons, coloring pencils, paint, or whatever you'd like to try. Having a nice page to color in makes it easy and with the right touch, you might produce something that you'll want to keep forever and mount on your wall, or maybe you'll just pass some relaxing time away.

Here's what we did with this example:

Final colored FotoMedley coloring page

We hope this gives you a quick idea of what's possible with FotoMedley. Have fun and enjoy coloring!

Get started creating your own custom coloring pages now.