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Make Your Own Color by Numbers Printables

written by: Melanie Bremner•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/29/2010

This article offers 5 ways to make your own color by numbers printables for your kids. These are the perfect solution for teachers and parents alike. You can learn new programs or use existing programs you may have on computer already.

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    Creating Printable Color by Numbers Pages

    There are many pre-printed coloring sheets and books for kids available in stores all over the country. There are times though that purchasing these products can become expensive. If you are running a day care, teaching an elementary class, heading up Sunday School sessions, or just have more than one child at home, other options may want to be explored.

    Making your own color by numbers printables can be a way that you can hone your computer skills, and let your creativity flow. You do not have to have a talent for freehand drawing to make your own coloring pages; merely the ability to learn a new software program or learn how to utilize one you may already have.

    In the following article, I will show you 5 top programs that you can use to design and print your own color by numbers printables.

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    Color By Number 2.0 by Stoik Imaging

    Cost is $19.00, released Jan 23/2002. There is a free download trial available so you can test it out first before you decide to buy it. This is always recommended if it is an option available. While some features may be limited, there should still be enough features offered to give you an idea of what the program can do for you.

    This is one of the easiest and most recommended programs on the market today. It can be installed and ready to print pages in three steps.

    1. You need to open up an image file on your computer—many choose to use pictures of their family or places they have gone to visit.
    2. There are several paint palette options available for you to choose. You can pick one for either color or paint. The program will then convert your photo to a paint by number outline.
    3. You then just need to print it out with the color key and you are ready to have some fun!

    As long as you have a pentium processor, 64 MB of RAM, 30 MB of Hard Disk space, high or true color display, you have all the necessary requirements for the program. It is compatible with all Windows operating systems except Vista.

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    SegPlayPC 1.0 by SegTech

    Full version cost is $24.95

    This is more of a game that can be played on your computer rather than a full print out module. Although, you can print out the designs once they have been created. You do not have to add your own images to be turned into color by numbers as there is a complete library of images you can choose from. There are three modes to work in allowing for different aspects to be experienced depending on your level of skill and age. For those who would like to see this software in action before downloading the trial version, you can watch a Youtube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pQAeoW77ec

    This program will be a delight to people of all ages, especially those who are artsy, students, teachers, and photographers.

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    Paint By Numbers 1.3 for iPhone by Sabec

    Cost is only $1.99 with iTunes account

    This is the perfect solution for those long car rides with children. By installing this program onto your iPhone, your child can spend hours creating their own color by numbers picture that they can then save and print out when they get home.

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    FRS Paint By Numbers 1.0.1 by Fast Rabbit Software

    Cost is $9.95

    This is the easiest way of making your own color by numbers printables for kids. There may be times when you do not have the time to learn new skills or design a color by number yourself. This software is the perfect solution. These are already preformatted, you just simply download the software and then you can choose the pictures you would like for your children and print them off.

    This software is complete with 100 activity pages ready to fill out with either color or paint, perfect for children who are in kindergarten or elementary school. If you are a teacher looking for new and fun printables for your students, this should offer you a variety of choices for each student to enjoy. This software is designed for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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    Paint By Numbers with Photo Shop and Illustrator

    If you do not want to purchase another program to try out but already have Photoshop or Illustrator, you can also create your own color by numbers printables for kids. While this is a little more indepth process, if you are already familiar with the way these programs work, it should not be too difficult for you. If you would like to try your hand at creating your own printables, you can find more detailed instructions from this site. http://ask.metafilter.com/108437/How-to-make-a-paintbynumber-in-Photoshop

    Children have been spending hours enjoying paint/color by numbers projects for years. You probably can recall some happy memories of sitting around the table with company nearby while you worked hard to complete the picture with all those matching numbers to follow along with. Creating color by numbers printables for kids is an inexpensive way to allow your child to discover and develop many skills that can be used later in life all while having a fun time.