Spread Happiness: Create Your Own Coloring Book

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Coloring books have always been a simple, calming way to entertain children. Recently, a new kind of coloring book has found a place in the book world—adult coloring books. The simple act of selecting colors and turning a line drawing into a rich, colorful piece of art, has the ability to soothe our overwrought minds, to help us relax and disconnect from our busy lives.

Design it

Here at Lulu, we are keenly aware of the growing market for coloring books for all ages. Glenn detailed some of the reasons why coloring books are so popular in this post. Today we will show you how you can make the world a happier place by making your own coloring book on Lulu.com!

Start by creating a Lulu account then go to the Lulu Book Builder. We don’t offer a specific coloring book format. What you’ll want to do is create a Print Book and upload your interior to select the best options for a coloring book.

Print books give you the entire range of trim sizes we offer, so you can make your coloring book exactly the size you want. I suggest US Letter or A4, as the larger size gives more room on the page to color and works great for the Saddle Stitch binding.

Which brings us to the next step. You’ll upload your interior file to select the specifications for your file. For my coloring book, I created a 24 page, 8.5×11 PDF.

I selected Saddle Stitch because it creates a book that will lay flat and works good if I want to use the center pages for a 2-page spread image.

Format the File

So how did I create my file? Well, the most important thing is to be aware of the way your paper will look once the book is printed and you (or another shopper on the bookstore!) starts coloring.

Even with the thicker white paper, some of the colors may show through the page. Therefore, you may want to place only one image per sheet of paper rather than printing images back to back. Also, don’t forget the first page of the file will print on the right side of the book, as will all odd-numbered pages. Keep this in mind if you have any images that span two pages.

And lastly, to ensure none of your artwork is lost during trimming and binding, make sure your image is at least .25 inches from the edge of the page.

Final Specs And Pricing

By following the guidelines above and creating your own coloring books, you can help the world be a happier place.  Really!

Paul H, Content Marketing Manager

Paul is the Content Marketing Manager at Lulu. When he's not entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person but considers himself cat tolerant.

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This is nice article. I just have a question about the paper type. I’ve already seen so many reviews about bleed when coloring on these self published coloring books (the majority being CreateSpace) and how the paper is not all that good quality i.e when someone is coloring with markers especially.
To avoid that problem, a lot of people have their drawings only on one page and not back-to-back like normal coloring books.
I’d like my coloring book to be back-to-back but I also don’t want want the pages to bleed so profoundly.
So how can I know that the premium paper type is as thick as you say? I just want to make sure. Do you guys offer samples or something?
(This is my first time ever deciding to self-publish, so I just want to be aware of my options)

Is #80 paper uncoated? I was informed by your support team via live chat that #80 paper is semi-gloss ( which is unsuitable at all for colouring book), so i was recommended to use #60 paper quality since it is matte. How is your #60 paper quality differs than createspace’s #60 paper quality?

I interested in printing my own coloring book for my business. Is there a minimum page count? My coloring book is only 7 pages + cover.

Thanks for the information! I know about format for coloring book and size of image now! I want to create some coloring book.

I already have a published book but it is out of print. It has a 4-color cover. Obviously, the cover will have to be black and white with you formatting. Is there an option? Thank you for your reply.

How do you make sure that the image is only on one side? I didn’t see an option to set up page lay outs.

Thanks for sharing the image with size formats! The artic is great!

I want to create a coloring book with summetrical shapes.I already started building some of the pages.

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