View Full Version : On the Threshold...

10-13-2006, 03:49 AM
I love the effect of the Threshold filter...
This is Arthur, from the WC Reference Image Libraryhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2006/11834-Arthur.jpg
I've learned that to get the best images, you need to start with those photos that are well illuminated on the face, with little to no shadows.

It's best to sharpen the image a bit, before applying the Threshold adjustment, and you never really want to go above 128 for a setting.
If you then apply Filter>Other>Minimum, you can enhance the Threshold effect a bit, without losing detail. A paintbrush set to white can then be used to clean up any spots or odd sections.


10-13-2006, 07:45 AM
Kewl technique, Madster... thanks for sharing the how-to!


10-13-2006, 10:44 AM
What a great face! :D

10-14-2006, 12:46 PM
Good one Madster! Great texture and much interest. I imagine you are using PS which I don't have (cost prohibitive). I will try to find how to use PhotoPaint's threshold filter better I like this effect! Well done!

10-14-2006, 01:16 PM
Kirk, Photoshop Elements 4 is only $37 (http://www.clickcooldeals.com/show_detail.php?item_id=294), INCLUDING a mini digital camera!

That is NOT cost prohibitive for the powerfull tool you will be buying. Except for some VERY specific need/use adjustment tools, like Curves, you are getting PHOTOSHOP. All the filters, adjustment tools, etc., packaged for the "Home/hobbiest," rather than the Business Professional.

You won't go wrong. I own BOTH, because of the Photo Organizer in Elements, which PS 7 did not have.
I just upgraded to CS2, which includes many of the bells and whistles of Elements app, so have (finally) combined both apps into one, but plain ol' Elements 4 was able to do this:
(Mind you, I did this in a "rush," just to show you Elements can do it, too...It's not as good as "Arthur," without a bit more tweaking...)

Think about it. It's the best investment you'll make this year...


10-14-2006, 02:04 PM
Hmmm, Thanks for the tip! I'll have to ask my accountant (wife)! :lol:

10-14-2006, 02:33 PM
I did find a threshold filter complete with histogram in PhotoPaint. I have not used it in the past. So I gave it a quick try. Here is the result from a painting I did of Glenn.


Not as clean as yours but I did it quickly! Interesting feature. I will have to use it more often. Thanks for the help in the discovery of something new I hadn't done before!

10-14-2006, 09:28 PM
Very nice effect!
Isn't it fun to find little things in these applications that we don't use all that often?


10-14-2006, 09:38 PM
Thanks, ~M! It was great fun and I've been playing with it for a little while now. I haven't produced anything of consequence but the ideas are sinking in! :)

10-15-2006, 10:14 AM
Great filter I've had it for some time and use it sometimes to make a sketch before painting. :wave: