In the age of COVID-19, many people are spending most of their time indoors and less time at venues outside the home. It is no wonder that many are turning to stay-at-home activities to unwind, and one such activity is coloring.
For most people, odds are the first time they came across a coloring book was when they were still children. However, when adolescence and adulthood arrive, many lose interest in coloring. However, coloring is not only a great tool to relieve stress, it can stir the creative juices of everyone who partakes, child or adult alike.
If you are interested in self-publishing a coloring book for others to enjoy, continue reading this article to find out how you can do so.
Consider the Target Audience
As opposed to a coloring book meant for children, one meant for adults will be very different. For the former, we highly recommend that your images have large spaces to cater to the shorter attention span of a younger audience. It can be very frustrating for them when their coloring repeatedly exceeds the lines. You can also consider adding text on the pages to guide and teach younger users. Themes should be child-friendly and provide educational value.
On the other hand, for adults, the design options are limitless. Images should contain intricate designs, making them difficult to color intricately, thus stimulating the creativity of the adult mind. Do take note that it should not be difficult to the extent that it too causes frustration and turns coloring into a stressful activity.
Creating Your Art Files to Self-Publish a Coloring Book
While you are in the process of crafting your coloring book, you have the option of either sketching your designs by hand or doing so by using an electronic sketching pad. However, when the time comes to print your designs, you will need to convert them to electronic files anyway, so if you prefer to sketch by hand, you will need access to a scanner to convert those drawings into digital form. Your electronic files should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) so that they can be printed in high-resolution. If you are not sure on how to do so, here’s a step-by-step guide to assist you.
What Size Should My Coloring Book Be?
The most common size for a coloring book is 8.5” x 11”, in portrait layout. However, you are free to tweak the size and layout in any way you desire. For instance, a small, pocket-sized design allows your audience to engage in coloring just about everywhere, such as at a café or a train ride. Meanwhile, a larger design provides them with the possibility of framing their best work on a wall.
If you are looking to get your coloring book printed at an affordable price while not compromising on quality or turnaround time, you may wish to consider Dazzle Printing’s book printing services. While other printers charge up to 20% of your total order as a shipping cost, we provide free shipping for any orders above $199!