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What would be the best way to edit this photo so that I can use the polaroid on a white background? Right now, background looks almost white, but it's grey.

I've tried using eraser tool to delete the grey pixels, but the final result doesn't look very natural. I'm looking to put the final product onto a white background, and am hoping to make things look very natural.

Original image: enter image description here

Current final result doesn't look very natural:
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If you are seeking a complete removal of everything outside the Polaroid, the easiest method may be to ignore the drop shadow there, cut out the Polaroid along its edges, then add the shadows back, manually.

It can often be much easier to create subtle shadows than it is to try preserving them when removing surrounding background pixels.


If you merely want to remove the "scum dot", or that slight grey around the Polaroid, you could use a Levels adjustment.

Choose Image > Adjustments > Levels from the menu

When the dialog comes up, there are 3 little eyedropper icons. Click the little eyedropper on the right - this is the "white point" eyedropper.

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Now click the area in the image around the Polaroid that it is grey. You should see the histogram in the Levels dialog box change slightly.

What the white point eyedropper does when you click the image is.. it reads the area under the click and sets whatever value is there to be the value used for white. So, basically you are boosting the white level in the image so the grey becomes white. This will adjust the entire image -increasing the white point to be at that slight grey value.

Click okay. And then you'll then need to erase or paint over that dark spot in the lower right corner.

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  • That works too, but for this type of slight adjustment I always felt that the Curves palette gave a smoother adjustment. – Alith7 Nov 2 at 21:05
  • 6 of one ...... 😀 @Alith7 White point is detected the same and since there are no further manual adjustments... well...😀either one works. Levels can be easier to grasp for some. Curves can cause information overload at times, even though it's all essentially the same data. – Scott Nov 2 at 21:06
  • Wow thanks for help :) – nana480624 Nov 2 at 21:41
  • @Scott true enough! I guess it's more what you're used to using. – Alith7 Nov 2 at 21:42
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I would simply use the curve adjustment. Image -> Adjustments -> Curves...

Curve Adjustment

Click on the right of the three eye droppers at the bottom. This is your white point sampling tool, click in the area that you want to be "white", and it will adjust the curves, leaving you with a smooth shadow.

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