Published on September 3, 2022
In this blog I’l show you a super fast and simple method to convert an image to outlines only in Adobe Photoshop! You can use this to turn an illustration into a coloring page (for example).
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To use this method, you need an illustration with dark outlines and a lighter colored inside. Click here to download the image I used. Now, let’s get started!
Image to outlines
Open the image you want to edit. The image I’m using, was originally a PNG file with a transparent background. I added a white background and saved it as a JPG before converting it to outlines, but you don’t have to do this.
To convert the image to outlines only, you actually only need 1 layer. Add a threshold layer.
Now move the slider of the threshold level until the outlines look good. And that’s all you have to do to convert an illustration to outlines!
This is a very basic method and it might not always look good. If that’s the case, there are other methods you can use:
- Change the blend mode and use a levels layer to convert your image to outlines, read the blog here.
- Use filters to convert the image to outlines, click here to read the blog.
And that’s how you convert an image to outlines only in Adobe Photoshop! You can see the result in the image below.
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