How to Remove Watermarks in Photoshop

Watermarks are usually placed on images to protect the creator from copyright infringements. Because Adobe supports the copyrights of creators, they have not made it easy to remove watermarks. Sometimes, however, it may be necessary for creators to remove a watermark from their own image. For example, they may have lost or deleted the original image. In addition, students and teachers can use a portion of copyrighted material under the Fair Use Act. Learn how to use the clone stamp tool to remove a watermark from a simple image in Photoshop. However, this should only be done for personal use or on your own work. Never infringe on any copyright laws.

Select the "Clone Stamp" tool.

Zoom in on the part of the watermark you will remove first.

Change the brush size to a smaller size. Click "Brush Size" and enter a smaller number in the dialogue box. You can also change the brush size by pressing the bracket keys: "[" to shrink the brush size and "]" to increase the brush size.

Hold down "Alt" and select a portion of the picture that does not contain the watermark but is similar in colour to the image under the watermark. Use a smaller brush size and select a portion of the image closer to the watermark to provide a cleaner look. However, it will also require more time.

Paint over the watermark until you receive the result you want on this portion of the watermark.

Repeat Steps 4 and Step 5 to remove the remaining portion of the watermark. It may also be necessary to use other tools to clean up the portion of the image you have cloned.


Watermarks are used to protect the image from copyright infringements. Only remove watermarks from your own images.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop, Image with a Watermark
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Josh McGee graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English, professional and technical communication, and a minor in marketing. He has worked as a technical writer and illustrator for two large manufacturing companies, ICON Health and Fitness and Cover-Pools Incorporated. He is currently employed full-time for the latter.