Inconveniently-placed text can ruin an image that would have been otherwise perfect for your purposes. The fact that you can't get a hold of the original, text-less version of the image, however, doesn't mean that all is lost. Among the many tools in Adobe Photoshop are some designed specifically to remove unwanted elements from an image. The process will take some effort, especially if the text runs over very detailed parts of the image; the more time and care you take, the better the results.
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Launch Adobe Photoshop and open your image. Examine the image and determine which parts of the text, if any, are over a solid background, a textured background or image details you want to preserve -- you will need to use a different tool for each of these cases.
Select the "Brush" tool from the Tools palette. Hold "Alt" and click the solid background behind the text to set it as your foreground colour, and then carefully paint over the text to remove it. Repeat this process with any other parts of the text that are over a solid background.
Click and hold the "Spot Healing Brush" in the Tools palette and select the "Patch" tool from the menu that appears. In the Options bar, change the "Patch" drop-down menu to "Content Aware."
Draw with the tool to select the part of the text that is over a textured background. As long as all of the text is inside it, the selection doesn't need to be very precise -- if some of the background is included, that is fine.
Drag the selection to a part of the image with the same textured background but no text. You will see the inside of your selection change as you drag. If the background includes lines or a grid pattern, ensure the preview aligns correctly. Release the mouse to patch over the text and then repeat the process with any other part of the text that is over a textured background.
Select the "Clone Stamp" tool from the Tools palette. Hold "Alt" and click on an area that matches a detail hidden behind text. Release the "Alt" key and carefully paint over the text to remove it. Depending on the detail you want to replace, you will likely need to adjust the size of the brush tip in the Options bar; if there is no detail matching the hidden one in the image, your only recourse is to reconstruct it yourself using the Brush tool, pixel by pixel if necessary.
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