Recently, while plumbers were busy getting my water back on, I was busy using MidJourney in my discord server. By the end of that day, I had created probably about 75 images and selected 40 of them to create a colouring book from.
I used the same basic text prompt and added a variety of objects and themes to generate the images you can see above.
Creating the images is just the first step. Once I had created them and upscaled them using MidJourney I then loaded them into Paintshop Pro. PSP is a graphic editor similar to Photoshop. I’ve used it for years. The 2023 version added AI driven upscaling, a feature I’ll be using.
Midjourney generates a default image of 1024px square. I can use ratios to generate images but it doesn’t allow me to direct it to generate specific image sizes. That means I have to process each image to get the size I want.
Images for print need to be 300pixels per inch. For a 7.75” x 10.5” image, the image needs to be 2,325 x 3,150. If you’re going to put a border on the image, then reduce the image size by that amount. I used a 10px border on each image.
To turn the images generated in MidJourney into coloring pages each image had to be upscaled and trimmed as needed to get the exact size needed.
I have a template set in Corel Draw with guidelines set in place exactly where I need to place each image and the number of pages needed. Once I have all my images at the correct size I then add them to a new template and make any other adjustments like adding the title to the template. Saving it first as a master file and then exporting it to a PDF file gives me a file for my manuscript.
Now, I need to create a cover for the book. When I finished creating my coloring pages I then created two coloured images for the front and back covers of the book. Both of the images needed to be upscaled but into letter size ready to be used for the cover.
I use Procreate on the iPad to create my covers. I have a cover template setup on there. As you can tell, I love creating templates for my books. It means I don’t have to…