Lights, Camera, Color!

Boy, do I wish I was a kid again!

Crayola has THE coolest coloring tool on its web site.

Lights, Camera, Color! lets you upload any photo of your choosing and it will turn it into a coloring page for you.

But wait! There’s more!

Before you print out your coloring page, you can add cool effects, like a new background or a different hairstyle. Here, let me show you!

First, select the version that you wish to use. I chose the original version, but you can also choose themed versions, like Disney Princess or Toy Story 3.

*If you choose a themed version, you will need a code from a specially marked Crayola product.

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Next, create an account with Crayola (so you can save your images). Don’t worry, you only need to verify your age, provide an email address, and create a username and password. That’s it.

Choose a photo that you want to turn into a coloring page. I’m a DC native, so I have a soft spot for the giant pandas at the National Zoo. Remember the National Geographic photo gallery I was telling you about? Well, I found this adorable photo of Tai Shan (before he was sent to live in China) that I just had to pick. (You can also upload a photo that you took yourself!)

National Geographic Panda Photo

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Once you upload a photo, the Crayola robot will work his magic and drain the color from your photo and turn it into a coloring page! You can choose the “Power Level” of which to drain the color from your photo. I chose Power Level 4.

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Finally, you have the option to add special effects, as well as save and print.

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The only downside is that in order to add special effects and print, you need a code from a specially marked Crayola product. This is the only negative aspect of using this tool in my opinion.

I chose not to add any special effects (I liked Tai Shan as he is in the photo). Once I printed, I got to work coloring my photo!

Ta da!

panda coloring page

How lovely is that?!

Ok, ok, maybe I need to brush up on my coloring skills, but hey, not a bad effort!

While I may not be able to see Tai Shan in person anymore, I can be reminded of him through my new piece of personalized art work!

Time to go find a perfect place to hang this masterpiece! :)

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