Openclipart to make coloring-books

This Openclipart-TO is to help you make better a coloring book like Openclipart Coloring Books. Below are the steps to go through in making a coloring book. Some steps are illustrated in vectorshots, aka vector-screenshots. Have fun!

  1. What is your coloring book topic?


    • The goal of a coloring book is to provide some simple system to encourage a person, usually a child, to color in a drawing.
    • Have fun!
    • Teach kids about how to draw and create.

  2. What is your coloring books theme?
  3. How many pages long is your coloring book?
  4. Who is the audience for your coloring book?
  5. What is the best tool to use to make your coloring book?
  6. How many pages will be in your coloring book?

    Experienced Advice

    I created the first Openclipart Coloring Book, Coloring the Alphabets. The details explained here get you started. Please contact me if you have more questions @pianoBrad

  7. First, create a cover using Inkscape. Here is the cover I created for the first coloring book:
  8. You may create all new pages as individual clipart uploaded to Openclipart, or find your own. For the first coloring book, I found artist Mazeo's images of the alphabet and made a collection.
  9. Save each clipart from your coloring book to your disk.
  10. Open each clipart into Inkscape.
  11. Save each clipart as a PDF file.
  12. If you are using an Apple Mac computer like I am, you may use the Apple Preview App to join all the PDF together into one file.
  13. Print out your PDF to see how it looks.
  14. Compare your coloring book, with the first Openclipart Coloring Book to see if you should make any changes to your design, or improve upon the one I made.
  15. Share your Coloring Book with the world!
  16. Let us know how the process went for you and feel free to share your file!


    • First try to write down your ideas onto a piece of paper.
    • Try to use free tools like Inkscape.
    • Remember the age of your intended artists.
    • Look around at what clipart already exists. Maybe you don't need to create every single page for your coloring book?
    • Print out your coloring book and try it. This is great if you have children around you already.

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