If you have ever wanted to create custom graphics from you own images, then Photoshop’s threshold adjustment is a great tool to use. Personally, I use threshold to make interesting embellishments in our family photo albums, but I have also seen it used in commercial settings. The threshold adjustment makes images look like a black and white etching, or detailed ink drawing, and the finished adjustment can be modified and used with other images and text.
Below, you can see a picture utilizing the threshold adjustment to create a custom graphic of the Roman Colosseum. This page was used in an Italy photo album from a trip I went on with my Mom. As an aside, please don’t use script (cursive) fonts as page text; this was a poor choice…
This image shows another photo album page, this one from a very recent trip.
Like the clone stamp tool, the threshold filter would be cumbersome to explain in writing, so I created a video tutorial. This tutorial was shot using Photoshop CC, but you could easily follow along with Photoshop Elements.
You can play with threshold even more, like this example here, and if you live in the Denver area check out one of my classes at Arapahoe Community College. Adjustment layers, as well as other graphic design and book making topics, are covered in my Photoshop II course (or the full Photoshop class).
I hope you enjoy the tutorial, and feel free to share any fun examples that you have!