How To Threshold In Photoshop

If you are inexperienced with Photoshop or have not extensively explored its features, you may be curious about the function of “threshold” and its potential to enhance your design. The threshold tool is a highly effective feature in Photoshop that enables you to adjust the exposure of images and transform them into bold, black and white versions. This article will provide step-by-step instructions on utilizing threshold in Photoshop.

Step 1: Open your Image in Photoshop

The first step to utilizing threshold in Photoshop is to open your image. You can do this by clicking on File > Open and selecting the image you want to edit.

Step 2: Duplicate the Background Layer

It’s always a good practice to duplicate your original layer before starting the editing process. This way, you will always have an untouched copy of your original image. To do this, right-click on the background layer and select Duplicate Layer.

Step 3: Apply the Threshold Adjustment

Next, you will apply the threshold adjustment. To do this, go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold. This will open a dialog box with a histogram and a slider. The graph in the histogram represents pixels in your image.

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Image > Adjustments > Threshold

The threshold level can be adjusted by moving the slider left or right. Moving it to the left will lighten your image, leaving mostly white pixels, while moving it to the right will darken your image, leaving mostly black pixels.

Step 4: Fine-Tune the Threshold Level

Fine-tuning the threshold level allows you to get the exact look you want. To do this, simply move the slider until you’re happy with the mix of black and white in your image. Click OK to apply the threshold adjustment.

Step 5: Save Your Image

Once you’re satisfied with your image, it’s time to save it. You can do this by clicking on File > Save As, then choose the format you want to save your image in, type in a name for your image, and click Save.


And there you have it! You’ve successfully applied a threshold adjustment to your image in Photoshop. This is a great tool for creating unique, stylised graphics or for simplifying an image to its most basic elements. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting with different images and threshold levels to fully harness the power of this tool.