How to Remove Watermarks from Photos - 7 Easy Ways

How to Remove a Watermark from a Photo?

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7 Fast and Easy Ways to Remove Watermarks from Photos

Need to finish your project urgently but lost access to your own clean pictures? Your camera SD card crashed and all you’ve got left are watermarked copies? Sounds like a plot for a nightmare. If you have to work with protected images, then there is only one way to end that nightmare - get rid of that unwanted text. But how to get rid of watermarks on photos without wasting a whole lot of time? In this guide, we will show you it’s possible.

Remember that removing a watermark from a stock photo is illegal because by doing so you’re infringing the copyrights. That is why it is better to purchase the original image using different stocks. The price to pay will be definitely lower than the fine you get if you erase the text with a watermark remover.

There are cases when you have the right to delete the watermark. For instance, this picture belongs to you and its original just got lost, or you forgot to disable the automatic data insertion in your camera and it pasted naughty numbers on each photo. Perhaps you even purchased the image but now have no more access to the stock account.

What is the best solution in these cases then? Just keep reading our guide and erase that naughty logo with one of the 7 easy methods we’ve suggested:

Now let us take a closer look at each method:

Method 1: Remove the Watermark from the Photo with a User-Friendly Image Editor

The first thing to look for if you need to take off a watermark is a simple image editor. We suggest trying out PhotoWorks. All you need to do is just paint over the unwanted object with a special tool and the software will remove it automatically. Thanks to the simple interface, it’s very easy to work with, and even beginners will get on with this program in no time.

In comparison with other user-friendly editors, PhotoWorks is really powerful and can do much more than just removing a watermark. Fine-tune tones and colors, fix your portrait shots with one of the Portrait Magic presets, correct distortions, work on a certain image area without touching other areas - for example, while removing spots or wrinkles, apply dozens of effects from the built-in collection and even create your own.

Here is a small video that shows the software in action:

Now how to remove watermarks from pictures using PhotoWorks? Here are the steps:

Step 1. Start PhotoWorks

Start the program and import your photo:

Open your photo

Open your photo

Step 2. Select Healing Brush

Go to the Retouch tab and choose Healing Brush:

Choose Healing Brush

Select Healing Brush

Step 3. Remove the Watermark

Adjust the brush size and paint over the watermark to delete it completely:

Paint over the watermark

Paint over the unwanted object to remove it

Step 4. Apply the Changes

Click Apply and it’s done! Now hit Save to keep the image:

Save your JPEG image

Save your image to apply the changes

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You will obviously get the best results while painting over a small text on a plain background, especially if you have just started working with digital editors.

There are many other alternatives to consider, so if you didn’t like PhotoWorks for some reason, you can try out Fotophire, Movavi Photo Editor or Softobis Photo Stamp Remover. For example, Fotophire Photo Eraser has a special brush that allows you to paint over the watermark and delete it from an image in auto-mode. Unfortunately, you cannot adjust Feather and Opacity of the brush.

Movavi Photo Editor is another easy-to-use program, that has a tool similar to Clone Stamp, so just select the unwanted object with a brush and click Erase. As for Softobis Photo Stamp Remover, it also deletes watermarks automatically, you only need to point out the necessary area and hit the button.

As you see, there are many options, and you will surely be able to find the program that’s optimal for your needs.

Method 2: Get Rid of Watermarks Using Photoshop

Want something more reliable? Photoshop is considered to be one of the top-rated editors for JPEG images. It has a wide range of features suitable almost for any task. However, this software is rather complicated and has a very steep learning curve. It often happens that you have to watch several tutorials to simply navigate through the interface and make a simple action. Also, Photoshop requires you to pay for a subscription, and that’s a real disadvantage if you just need a few tweaks here and there.

If you are a Photoshop user, then here are the steps to remove a text from a photo:

Step 1. Start Photoshop

Launch the software and open your photo:

Open your image

Open your photo with the watermark

Step 2. Select Clone Stamp

Select Clone Stamp from the tool panel. Adjust its size. Now press Alt on your keyboard and click on the area next to the text:

Select Clone Stamp

Choose Clone Stamp

Step 3. Erase the Watermark

Photoshop will pick a sample from that spot. Once you paint over the text, the software will keep taking pixels from that area and pasting them into the place you pointed out:

Paint over the logo with the stamp

Paint over the watermark and it will be erased

Method 3: Delete Unwanted Objects from the Photo on Your Mac

Prefer Mac over Windows? Then this solution is for you. There are many image editors optimized for this system, so you’ll definitely find something that fits your taste and task. For example, Super Eraser. This is a very simple program that will help you get off a watermark in no time. All you need to do is select the object with a special tool and click the Eraser button. The software will remove everything automatically. However, it’s not very suitable for deleting complex logos or texts. It’s better to find other software for the cases when manual correction is needed.

Method 4: Remove Logos and Text Using Online Photo Editors

If you are short on time and don’t want to waste hours on installing and learning new apps in order to find a decent watermark removal tool, try using online image editors instead. They are often as efficient as desktop software and rather convenient since these services can be opened from any device, no matter what system that device is running. If you’re ready to try this method, then we suggest Webinpaint - it’s a very simple web-based program that removes a watermark automatically.

However, you will need a stable Internet connection to reach these websites. You see, most online services do not allow auto-saving or keeping the in-between results until you get to the final step. So, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to start all over again. And that’s not a pleasant thing if you have a large logo to remove. What’s more, you are probably concerned about your privacy, and definitely no online photo editor will keep your files safe.

Method 5: Cut the Object from Your Picture

Sometimes the easiest way is the most simple one. If the watermark is placed near the edge of the photo, you can just cut it away. PhotoWorks is your best shot here. It offers several cropping frames and grid overlays. With their help, you’ll be able to preserve the original composition and clean a picture by cutting it in just a few clicks.

Cut the watermark out

Crop the photo to get rid of the watermark

What else to try when you decided to crop the watermark? Check out Pixlr. This editor has an extensive toolkit that allows you to work with layers and filters as well. This software has a free web version with the same amount of features. Paint.NET is also a good choice. It’s meant to replace the old Paint from Microsoft, but grew bigger with time and now has a lot of features. If you are a fan of old school interfaces, it will be a perfect watermark eraser for you.

Method 6: Erase Watermarks by Replacing Them with Your Own

Have a really small but naughty watermark? Then how about replacing it with your own? PhotoWorks lets you create a caption and control its opacity, in other words, turn it into a watermark just by touching a slider. Adjust the style and you’ll get a text that overlays the unwanted object and complements the picture.

Erase the watermark by replacing it with your own

Replace the watermark with your own

One other thing you can try is Gimp. This freeware is a bit more complex than the others and, at the first glance, has an overcrowded interface. As a result, it can be hard to use for beginners. However, this program is considered to be a great alternative for Photoshop and rather powerful. So it’s worth checking out provided you have enough time to learn it.

Method 7: Look for Free Stock Photos

Our last but not the least suggestion is to look for a similar image on picture stock websites. No surprise that this may take a lot of time and efforts, because most images on these services are poor quality. However, it’s still worth trying: sometimes you can find a “clean” variant of the original watermarked picture from fee-based services like shutterstock while browsing free stocks.

Where to look? Visit Pexels - here you will find hundreds of photos on various subjects. If you don’t really like the photo you found, the website will suggest a few related pictures. Still no luck? Search through Pixabay then. This source offers a huge collection of images tagged with different topics. The choice here is bigger but the pictures has lower quality than those on Pexels.

As you can see, in the end, all these methods are very different: each requires a certain skill level. Some are suitable for beginners, some - only for advanced users who’re experienced in digital editing. Now you know how to remove a watermark from a photo and it’s all up you to decide which route to take.

No matter which one you choose, remember to respect the copyrights. Do not take pictures with watermarks that were obviously created by other people - they have probably put a lot of effort and skill taking that image. If you really liked that photo, show some respect - purchase it rather than cleaning out the author’s watermark.

About the author: Jill Baker Freelance photographer with over 10 years of experience.

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