How to use a paper with Threshold Technique

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  1. *gina*

    *gina* It's all about the 3-C's

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    For LOVE Our Designers I created this page using i am what i am by Allison Pennington.

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    @Heidi Nicole asked for a tutorial for this page. This is not an outside filter - you only have to do some steps in Photoshop.

    So, let’s start.

    Open a solid paper. Use a photo that fills the whole page. It must be black and white. If you use a colored one go to Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate or use shitft+cmd+U (Mac) or shift+strg+U (Windows)

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    Choose the photo layer in your layer palette - right click on your mouse and "Convert to Smart Object"

    Then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Threshold. You will get this window. You can change the Threshold Level if you want.

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    Now your photo is really only black and white. In your layer palette double click on your photo. You will get the Layer Style window.
    In the middle at the bottom you see Blend if Gray. Choose „This Layer“. You see two little arrows. Click on the right one and move it to the value 254. (The white on your photo is not visible any longer.) You can test it by making the background invisible.

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    The next step is very important!
    Create a new group in your layer palette and make sure that your photo is in this group.

    Make sure you've selected the group in the layer palette.

    Now go to File -> Place Embedded (a window will open) and can choose a paper - I decided to use a patterned one.

    Click the alt key on your keyboard and click on the line between the patterned paper and the group in your layer palette.

    Your layer palette should look like this

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    and your layout like this

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    The next step is optional. For my patterned paper I lowered the opacity to 70%.

    And now you can add your elements, your word art etc.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope I did not forget anything.
    Hope you enjoy it.
     
  2. Iowan

    Iowan Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa

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    Great technique and tutorial; I will give it a try this afternoon. Thanks so much @*gina* !
     
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  3. cfile

    cfile My bags are packed for Platform 9 3/4

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    Looks good Gina @*gina* Thanks for sharing!
     
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  4. *gina*

    *gina* It's all about the 3-C's

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    Looking forward to your page, Carol @Iowan
     
  5. *gina*

    *gina* It's all about the 3-C's

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    thank you so much Christa @cfile
     
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  6. jk703

    jk703 CEO of Anything and Everything, Everywhere

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    Love the technique, and you made it so easy!
     
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  7. marijke

    marijke Well-Known Member

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    Love your technique Gina. Thanks for sharing ...
     
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  8. Ferdy

    Ferdy Heavy Metal Head Banger

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    love this technique @*gina* ! will try it asap!! thanks for the tutorial!
     
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  9. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

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    This is great, Gina! I wondered how you created this page. I'm definitely going to try this later! Thanks so much!
     
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  10. DigiGrace

    DigiGrace Make mine a purple passion

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    Gina, thank you for sharing the great technique and the step-by-step tutorial!
     
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  11. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

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    @cfile - Christa,

    The no float style that you made for PSE users, will work for this technique. I just had to duplicate the photo layer with the no float style a few times to get it to show as dark as I wanted.
     
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  12. wvsandy

    wvsandy Grinning Granny

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    This looks like so much fun! I want to play!
     
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  13. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

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    @*gina* - Thank you for the wonderful technique tutorial. I love BIG photos and this is a wonderful way to showcase them.

    I only have PSE 14 so I had to make a few tweaks to your tutorial, but I was able to get the same effect. I'll add my tweaks here for other PSE users to try.

    Open a solid paper.

    Use a photo that fills the whole page. It must be black and white.
    If you use a colored one use the shortcut Ctrl Shift U (Windows) or Cmd Shift U (Mac) to make it b&w.

    Choose the photo layer in your layer palette

    Then go to the half filled circle in the layers palette or menu Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Threshold. Click ok. You will get a threshold window. You can change the Threshold Level if you want. I left it at the default.

    Select the threshold layer above your photo - right click -> merge down

    This step is important because you need to remove the white portions of your photo.
    Use your magic wand tool and uncheck contiguous. Then select all the white and hit delete.

    Now go to File -> Place (a window will open) and you can choose a paper - I decided to use a patterned one.

    Click the alt key on your keyboard and click on the line between the patterned paper and the photo in your layer palette. That will clip the paper to the black of your photo.

    Right click the pattern paper layer in the layers palette and select merge down.

    If you want a more blended look, select the pattern filled photo layer and adjust the fill opacity by holding the shift key and a number key.
    Fill opacity is only available in PSE by using the shortcuts of shift and a number.
    100% fill opacity is shift 0
    90% fill opacity is shift 9
    80% fill opacity is shift 8 and so forth.

    * or you could use Christa's no float style (which I can't find the link to so I hope Christa comes along and adds it) and just duplicate the no float style applied photo layer until it is to your liking.

    Now you can add your elements, your word art etc.
     
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  14. jenn mccabe

    jenn mccabe She's OUR sunshine!

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    This is so cool! love the technique and your page Gina!
     
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  15. wvsandy

    wvsandy Grinning Granny

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    Here's my layout. Maybe not as good a photo but I love how it turned out!
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  16. *gina*

    *gina* It's all about the 3-C's

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  17. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

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    Thank you so much, Kayla. I'm still straddling two worlds - trying to learn PSCC and still relying heavily on PSE2018.
     
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  19. cfile

    cfile My bags are packed for Platform 9 3/4

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    YAY!! I use that style all the time Kayla :) Glad it worked for you. I use it on papers and elements all the time too !
     
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  20. IntenseMagic

    IntenseMagic I like my pillow Rock hard

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    This is so great, Gina!! Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to have to give it a try!
     

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