8.56. Posterize

8.56.1. Overview

Figure 16.237. Example for the Posterize filter

Example for the “Posterize” filter

Original image

Example for the “Posterize” filter

Posterize with 3 levels applied

This tool is designed to intelligently weigh the pixel colors of the selection or active layer and reduce the number of colors while maintaining a semblance of the original image characteristics.

8.56.2. Activating the Filter

This filter is found in the main menu under ColorsPosterize….

8.56.3. Options

Figure 16.238. Posterize filter dialog

Posterize filter dialog


Presets are a common feature for several Colors commands. You can find its description in Section 8.1.1, “Colors Common Features”.

Posterize Levels

Here, level means number of colors per channel .

This slider and the input boxes with arrowheads allow you to set the number of levels (2-256) in each RGB channel that the tool uses to describe the active layer. The maximum total number of colors is the combination of these levels. A level to 3 will give 33 = 27 colors.

Blending Options, Preview and Split view

These are common features described in Section 8.1.1, “Colors Common Features”.