Apply Trace Contour in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Amanda, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can use trace contour in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. To begin, you should have a document open, either by creating a new one or opening an existing one, which you can see I've already done here.
Navigate to the right-hand side.
Make sure that the correct layer is selected.
Click the layer that needs to be worked on to select it.
Click "Filter" at the top of the screen.
Click "Trace Contour...".
Look at the preview that opens.
Although it is also showing on our canvas, it hasn't actually applied to the canvas yet. Trace contour finds the brightest part of the image.
Click and hold on the top border of the "Trace Contour" window.
Drag the window to the side and release.
Now we can see the canvas better. Remember, in our image, there were flowers here. The sunlight was on the floor on the left. The tool puts a very thin outline around them, like a contour map. It has a really nice effect.
Click the plus sign under the preview in the "Trace Contour" window to zoom in.
Click the minus sign under the preview to zoom out.
This lets us see how the whole image will look.
Click, hold, and drag the slider under "Level".
Dragging to the left lessens it, and to the right increases it. What we want will depend on our image.
Click in the field next to "Level" and type a number in.
This is an alternative way to change the level.
Click the radio button next to "Lower" to select the lower edge.
Click the radio button next to "Upper" to select the upper edge.
It makes quite a difference.
Apply to the canvas by clicking "OK".
Alternatively, click "Cancel" to go back and not change anything.
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Video: Apply Trace Contour in Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Amanda, Freya