Thanks Seth - 

>I've done this for pictures of my family - my daughter loves coloring us.
> It works best on pictures without a lot of noise to them, but my "recipe"
>assuming a flattened (1 layer) image is:

>1) Blur->Selective Gaussian Blur - use parameters to get rid of details but
>keep main subject sharp
>2) Colors->Desaturate (I usually use Average, but not sure it matters)
>3) Edge-Detect->Difference of Gaussians with about 8/33 as the 2 radiuses
>gets me some basic lines that work good for this on SLR-size photos, use
>smaller for values near the same ratio for smaller pictures.  Goal is to
>get an outline of the salient features only.
>4) Colors->Levels... to make sharp black lines
>5) Blur slightly if necessary
>6) Save As.. & Print
>7) Open box of crayolas and go nuts

>If you want to do more of a fake-crayon drawing to wow your friends, change
>the levels step to have very light grey output instead of dark black; then
>trace the light grey with heavy crayon before coloring in/shading with
>lighter shades.  As a bit of warning, eyeballs and cheekbones are amazingly
>hard to get right!

>Happy GIMPing,

>Seth Burgess

>On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Chris Mohler <> wrote:

>> On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM, NoviceGimper <>
>> wrote:
>> > deally I want to literally make the image look like colouring book
>> picture or a stamp.
>> Try:
>> Filters->Edge Detect->Edge...
>> Use defaults, click OK
>> Image->Mode->Grayscale
>> Colors->Invert
>> Possibly adjust Levels/Curves afterward.
>> HTH,
>> Chris
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