How To Create a Coloring Book From Scratch for Amazon Kdp

Welcome to my blog! My name is Subha Malik and in this blog post, I will share with you How to Create a Coloring Book from Scratch.

Last week I was creating a coloring book for toddlers and while creating that book I thought why not share the exact process with you guys!

Creating a coloring for amazon kdp is a three-step process that I personally follow and you are going to learn the same in today’s post. And these steps involve;

  1. Finding specific graphics that can easily be converted into coloring pages
  2. Coverting those graphics into coloring pages using a software
  3. Importing the coloring pages in Powerpoint to create a print ready pdf file

These are the same steps I followed to create a coloring book for toddlers, I recently published via Amazon kdp. So, without further ado, let’s just dive in…

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Creating a Coloring Book From Scratch

how to create a coloring book from scratch

Below you will learn the above-mentioned steps in detail. So don’t skip and read until the very end…

Before doing this you need to have a niche in mind. For this demo post, I will choose a Coloring Book Flowers or Flowers Coloring Book.

# 1 – Finding Graphics

The very first step in creating a coloring is to find the graphics in SVG format. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics which you can import and edit in any design software like Affinity Designer, Abobe Illustrator, Gravit Designer, or Inkscape.

I personally use affinity designer which also comes with a 30-day free trial. And at the end of your 30-day free trial, you can get it for as low as $25 (50% off of the original price.)

Anyways. we were talking about finding graphics in SVG format. So, there is a number of sites where you can get these graphics like Pixabay, Pexels, and Vecteezy.

I personally use Creative Fabrica to get all my graphics for my low-content books. It’s a paid service and you can use their all-access membership to get unlimited graphics, fonts, and crafts.

For my own book, I have downloaded over 100 different graphics in SVG format. Among those graphics, there are also flowers, so in this post, I will show you how to create a coloring page from an SVG graphic.

Vector Graphics Flowers - svg

Above you can see different flower graphics as a zip folder. I extracted these all to separate folders…

As you can see, I have extracted the sunflower folder and it has a .svg file as well which I will open in affinity designer to create a coloring page.

sunflower svg file

So, this completes our first step of creating a coloring book from scratch.

# 2 – Coverting Graghics to Coloring Pages

In this next step, I will convert an SVG file into a coloring page using affinity designer. You can do the same in gravit designer or Inkscape.

First of all, we will set up a page in affinity designer. Most coloring books are sized at 8.5″ x 11″, below are our dimensions from our coloring page;

Document setup affinity designer

As you can see, page width is 8.5 inches, page height is 11 inches, DPI is 300 and margins are 0.5 inches. Next, we will hit create, and below will be our coloring page template.

Coloring Page setup affinity designer 8.5x11

Next, we will open the SVG source file. For demo purpose, I will open a sunflower SVG file and convert it into a coloring page.

coloring book source svg file

Now I will press Ctrl+A to select all layers and then Ctrl+C to copy and move over the coloring page template and press Ctrl+V to paste this sunflower SVG file.

sunflower coloring page setting up

After pasting the sunflower file here, I pressed Ctrl+g to group all layers and named it Sunflower. Now we have our coloring page set up and also have pasted the SVG here on the page. Next, we will convert this into a coloring page in two steps:

Step # 1 – Changing the Fill Color

To change the fill color, I will select the sunflower layers (group) and the go-to Swatches panel towards the top left and click on the fill color and change it to white…

changing the fill color affinity designer

By doing so, our flower will become invisible, as you can see in the above screenshot.

Step # 2 – Changing the Stroke Color

Next, we will change the stroke color. To do that just select the stroke option from the swatches panel as shown below.

Just change the stroke color to black.

stroke color in affinity designer

Next, I will change the thickness of the stroke. To do that, just click the Stroke panel next to swatches and then move the slider from right to left to increase the thickness of the stroke.

increase stroke width affinity designer

Next, you can adjust the thickness of the stroke to your likings.

Step # 3 – Exporting the Files as Pngs

Once you are satisfied with the look and feel of your coloring page, you can resize it a bit so that it fits inside the margins. Next, you can export it as png, just go to file and hit export…

export as png affinity designer

Next, you can repeat these steps for each graphic to create more coloring pages.

# 3 – Creating Print Ready Coloring Book

In this third and final step, we will import our colorig pages into a PowerPoint document to create a print-ready pdf file.

To this, we need to open a powerpoint blank document and then resize the slide to create an 8.5 x 11 template. All you need is to click on the design tab>slide size>custom slide size and then set the page with and height as shown below.

coloring book template PowerPoint

Once you click on Ok, you will see a blank document. Now you can drag and drop your coloring page onto this template. To create multiple pages, you can duplicate this slide and then replace the image on 2nd slide. In this way, you can create a 50 or 100-page coloring book.

coloring book in powerpoint

Lastly, you can export this document as a PDF file that you can upload to Amazon kdp as a coloring book interior.

I also have a video on formatting a coloring book in PowerPoint, you may like it…

Let’s Recap Everything!

In this post, I have shared with you my exact process to create a coloring book from scratch. This is a three-step process that involves finding the right kind of graphics and then turning them into coloring pages. And in the last step, we import those coloring pages to any presentation software like PowerPoint to create a print-ready pdf file.

I hope you’ve learned something new from this post. If so, then do share this post with others as well.

Thanks for reading it!

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