Halloween Skull Coloring Page in Affinity Designer
Let's begin with an 8.5 x 11 inches paper size document at 300 dpi for printing. Although we are creating a printable project, this design can also be used as a digital project for a planner or journal. Besides being a good size for printing, the document size will gives us enough space above or below the skull for adding text to our project.
- Open Affinity Designer and set the Preset to the Print category. Click the Portrait icon and choose the 8.5 x 11 inch Letter preset (see screenshot).
- Click the Color tab and set the Color Format to RGB/8. Check the box for a Transparent Background. Click Create.
- Copy and paste the skull image in to the Canvas and resize the skull to fit within the Canvas.
- Name this layer to Skull in the Layers panel (see screenshot).
- With the image layer still active, open the Pixel Persona workspace by clicking the icon in the Persona toolbar at the top of the workspace (see screenshot).
- Select the Selection Brush tool. Keep the default settings and start selecting the surrounding black and empty areas around the skull (see screenshot).
- With the areas selected, right-click on the Skull layer in the Layers panel and choose Rasterize.
- Now, from the top Menu, click Edit - Delete to remove the selected area (see screenshot).
- Click Select - Deselect.
- If there is any area that you still wish to delete, use the Erase Brush tool.
- From the Persona toolbar, click the Designer Persona icon to go back to the Designer workspace.
- With the Skull layer selected, open the Adjustments menu at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Threshold.
- Close the Threshold window.
- Draw a white background over the entire Canvas with the Rectangle tool.
- Name the new layer to BG and drag it below the Skull layer.
- Select the Artistic Text tool and add your text to the canvas (see screenshot).
You should immediately see the image turn in to a black and white image. The default setting of 50% is usually very good texturing but you can use the pop-up Threshold slider to adjust to your liking (see screenshot).
At this point, the skull is a black and white image on a transparent background. If you wish to use the image as a sticker, save it with the transparent background.
To use the image as a coloring page, we need to add a background layer.
Now we can add some spooky text above the skull. In the example, I have used the free Party LET font (see link below).
Save your project (see screenshot). To use the project as a coloring page, export it as a jpg or pdf document.
Party LET Font
Screenshots used by permission of Time Base Technology Limited.
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