Getting Back to Creating Coloring Books
A couple of years ago, I was using a really old version of InDesign to start creating some coloring books. Like many of my projects, it fizzled out when I got into something else... in that case, writing my memoirs.
Well, I'm still doing my memoirs; I'm getting my files and photos organized to start one about my father, who wrote science fiction under the pen name of Cordwainer Smith.
But I've just discovered some tools that make it easier for me to also get back into creating coloring books. These books are sure shorter and thus faster to create than a memoir which goes back to events from over fifty years ago.
The tools? One is a trio of software programs called Affinity Publisher, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo. They do have a learning curve but I expect to use them a lot going forward and not just for books. They come with detailed tutorials and I am working through those most days. You can find them online if you are interested, and you can download any one of them to try it at no cost for I think 90 days. I bought them all, as they are not expensive and are on half-price sale now.Sure beats monthly fees from the better-known companies. I am planning to do my memoirs with interesting page layouts, like text circling around a photo.
The other tool is some PLR, or private label rights, material I bought last night, from a South African woman named Di Heuser. One coloring book I had started is based on the prayer of Saint Francis. Here is one of the PLR images I got from Di and have already tweaked a bit myself:
So I've got plenty to do, and it's easily my favorite kind of thing!