Put Photoshop’s Threshold Tool to work
Click and slide to create high-contrast graphics that work great on signage
By Mike Jackson
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016
If you own Photoshop, any version, you already have the tool that is a hidden gem for many sign designers! The Threshold Tool turns a color or grayscale image into a highcontrast black-and-white image.
The commands are extremely easy to use—and there is only one slider—making it a great tool for many beginning Photoshop users. Experienced Photoshop users can take advantage of more advanced Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks.
This tool lets you easily convert a photo in a high-impact graphic or silhouette. Not all images make the switch to high-contrast black-and-white well, but if you try a few, you’ll soon get a feel of which ones will work. It helps to start with an image with a fair amount of contrast in it.