How to Remove Watermarks in Pictures

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How to Remove Watermarks in Pictures
A steady hand is useful for pinpointing and removing watermarks. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Watermarks are fixed to online images to prevent users from copying pictures and using them without permission. Watermarks can be removed by using a basic software application such as Photoshop. However, reusing the image for any commercial enterprise such as a website or magazine may result in copyright infringement and prosecution.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop by clicking the logo on your desktop. If there is no quick link on your desktop, click on "Start" at the bottom left of your screen and select Photoshop from the list of options that appears.

  2. 2

    Open the image that needs adjusting. Drag your mouse arrow so it creates an outline that covers the area of the watermark text or image. Select the "Magic Wand" tool from the menu on the left. This will allow you to edit the image containing the watermark.

  3. 3

    Select "Edit" and "Fill" from the menu on the top of your screen. This will produce a display box prompting you to select the type of fill you require.

  4. 4

    Choose "Content-Aware" from the drop-down bar entitled "Use." Mode should be set to "Normal" and Opacity at "100%."

  5. 5

    Hold down the "Control" key on your keyboard and press the letter "D." This will deselect the watermark image and fill it with the background colour of the actual image. However, the vague outline of the watermark will still be visible.

  6. 6

    Open up the "Clone Stamp" tool from the options bar on the left of your screen. Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard. This will prompt you to select the appropriate colour to remove the watermark outline from the image using a thin paintbrush.

  7. 7

    Move to other areas of the watermark image and press the "Alt" key until you have painted over all traces of the watermark. Your image should now be watermark free.

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