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How to convert a colored image to something light and something white background?

here is an example:


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I would do the following:

  1. Desaturate the image (ImageAdjustmentsDesaturate)
  2. Take out some of the black with levels (ImageAdjustmentsLevels...)
  3. Make a new layer, fill it with white and then reduce the opacity until you have the right balance.

example using method described

Original image:

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As always, there are a hundred ways of doing something in photoshop: desaturate image, increase lightness in hue/saturation (Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/saturation). Visible layers will have to be merged of course. – Eric Aug 20 '13 at 15:33

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