What, you may be asking, is a “threshold filter”? In Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, the Threshold filter converts grayscale or color images into high-contrast, black-and-white images. All pixels lighter than the threshold are converted to white; and all pixels darker are converted to black.
While the Threshold Filter has many uses — for example I used it in my Creating a Stamped Silhouette tutorial — it comes in particularly handy when you want to add handwritten text to a digital scrapbook or art journaling page.
Adding handwritten text instantly personalizes your pages. Now, I know you may be thinking, “Oh I HATE my handwriting!” I truly get that because my handwriting sucks too. But the truth is, no one judges anyone by their handwriting — and if they do … well poop on them.
Our handwriting is something that is completely unique to us. I bet almost everyone would recognize their Mother’s handwriting and just seeing it would bring back a flood of memories. And isn’t that why you scrapbook?
This page includes my Mother’s handwritten notes of how she met my Father. It’s significant not only because it’s a record of our family history, but because Mom was losing her memory at the time she wrote it — it was an exercise Dad had her do to try to help with that. Mom passed away a short time later, so this page brings up all sorts of emotions.
I’m an art journaler and many times, I like to include my own words on my page. Sometimes I will use a brush to “write” on my Photoshop document and then hide my journaling. But there are other times when it is something I want to be integral part of the page — as you see here.
Wouldn’t it be fun to scan a child’s handwriting and use it on scrapbook page about them learning to write? Or why not include some text from a letter you received? Or a passage from a your favorite book; or a poem that’s meaningful to you?
In this video I will show you how to use the Threshold filter — in both Photoshop and Photoshop elements — on a scan or photo of your handwriting and then turn that text into brushwork that can be added to your digital art journal or scrapbook page.
If you try this tutorial, please leave a comment below — and be sure to upload your page to my Oscraps Designer Gallery so we can all admire your creation!