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I'm looking to recreate a similar black and white effect to the dome in this casino token. It's the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.

I've looked at a variety of different images of the dome, in different lights (day/night shots, black and white/color).

I've experimented with various adjustment layers (brightness/contrast; exposure; black & white; inversion) but can't seem to get close enough to the desired highlighting...

I'ver been considering trying to isolate the different elements of the dome, adjusting those new layers and merging them back together but that seems labor intensive. Like I'm missing something really obvious!

Any tips greatly appreciated! :)

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  • The first thing that comes to mind after looking at the picture in the token Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Threshold...
    – Joonas
    Oct 18, 2018 at 8:10
  • If you invert the original image, you'll see it's just a high-contrast photo.
    – Jongware
    Oct 18, 2018 at 9:36

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I'd begin by using the last image you posted, it's the best one with the most detail. Then I'd remove the sky using a layer mask. Then add an Invert layer adjustment, followed by a Threshold adjustment.

Unfortunately, when doing this you will probably lose the statue on the top. To fix that, I duplicated the image, adjusted the threshold to get the statue back, flattened it, copied it and pasted it back into the original file, and stuck it on the top.

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The addition of a Curves adjustment layer could give you a bit more control over how the Threshold affects the image. It's fun to play with the curves for different effects.

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  • Great - thanks! This looks like a superb avenue for me to explore. Agree the last image has about the right level of detail - I'd be experimenting most with that one. Thank you for the tips! :)
    – mindshaft
    Oct 18, 2018 at 11:41

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