Fun for Kids
Tucson Herpetological Society Coloring Book
The pages in this collection are intended as both entertainment and environmental education. To be most effective in this capacity, they need to be presented to children in a form with which the children can interact. Here are a couple of possibilities – others may be added to this list in the future.
By the way, we request that the images be printed on recycled paper. You may copy and distribute the images for free, but may not sell them for a profit. In any use or distribution of the images, proper credit must be given to Tucson Herpetological Society and artist Dennis Caldwell as sources of the images.
Traditional Print Coloring
These images have been sized and presented in a form that should print well on 8 1/2″×11″ paper. Teachers or parents may print copies directly off the web browser. In most cases, this is done by clicking on the file menu at the top left corner of the browser window, and selecting the Print command. It is also possible to download the image by right-clicking on it, and selecting- Save image as… from the menu that appears. Save the image to the directory of your choice, open it in another image-processing program, and print it from there.
The setup for this will require image processing software and some knowledge of image files and file conversions. However, it is not overly difficult, and may help children develop new computer skills.
There may be many different ways to prepare the images for computer coloring. Here’s an example of one way:
The first step in this process is to download an image in the manner described in the section above. Open it in an image-processing program that allows you to increase the color palette (the one used here is Paint Shop Pro abbreviated here as PSP). The images have been presented on the web page as two-color GIF files (black and white). To allow them to accept other colors, they need to have the palette increased. In PSP this can be done by clicking on the Colors menu, and selecting Increase Color Depth… . On the sub-menu that appears, select the highest color depth available. Then save the image as a BMP file (one of the options available when you click on the File menu and select Save as… ).
Close the PSP program, and move on to the second step of the process. Open up a paint program (if you have Windows ’95, there is a simple program called Paint on the accessories menu). From within this program, open the BMP version of the image you had downloaded. From here, coloring the image is a simple matter of using the colors and tools that appear in the program window, generally on the left and bottom of the window. Note: If you had only increased the color depth of the image to 256 colors, the paint program would work, but only in shades of gray.
Final step: Print the finished product. As described above, this can be done from the File menu, Print command. Color images will print in shades of gray on a black and white printer.