How To Remove Shutterstock Watermarks

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How To Remove Shutterstock Watermark Easily.

Almost all photographers have heard about Shutterstock – an online database of thousands of images, where you have the opportunity of sharing your work and earning some extra money.
Shutterstock is great for sourcing images for your blogs, posters, office presentations or events. But there’s always one tiny problem!
The best images also come with a big, glaring watermark.
To make sure you have the perfect image – free from any distractions – it is important to learn how to deal with watermarks. And it is much easier than you would think.
Let me show you how!

Why should you remove Shutterstock watermarks?

Watermarks are just that – marks. And like any mark over your amazing image, a watermark too cause distractions.
The audience’s view gets obstructed and your desired composition gets ruined because of a watermark. This is why it is important to learn how to remove watermarks when using images from websites like Shutterstock.

How can you easily remove Shutterstock watermarks?

Although many watermarks cover a large part of the image, they are not very difficult to remove.
Programs like the SoftOrbits Watermark Remover are excellent for easily deleting the watermarks. And the best thing is that they also work on things like date stamps, random objects in the background, other people in the photo etc.

Image with shutterstock watermark..
Removed shutterstock watermark..

You can remove any distraction without leaving a trace!

Let us learn the quickest and easiest method for removing watermarks with the help of Photo Stamp Remover.

How to Remove Shutterstock Watermar in 3 steps

Add File

The first step is to upload the image from which you wish to delete the watermark. As soon as you open the Photo Stamp Remover software, you will see the Add File option on the top left corner.

Open the image Shutterstock with watermark..

Highlight the watermark

In the toolbar on the right, you’ll see a pencil icon. This is the brush with which you can highlight the area with the Shutterstock watermark.

You do not have to be completely accurate while highlighting the area. The Photo Stamp Remover has smart algorithms which will help it detect the watermark on its own!
Just use the pencil to paint over the watermark fully.

Select Shutterstock watermark with marker..

Click Remove

That’s it! Once your required area is selected, simply click on the Remove option at the bottom of the toolbar.

Image with removed Shutterstock watermark..

The Shutterstock watermark will be removed automatically with just these three steps. The removal software will delete the watermark on its own, and intelligently fill the gaps with the background.

Is there another way to remove Shutterstock watermark?

The simple pencil-remover method is not the only tool provided by the SoftOrbits Photo Stamp Remover.
If you have a complex watermark which cannot be simply highlighted and removed automatically, you should try out the Rectangular Selection method.
This tool can be combined with the colour selection as well, which detects the colour of large watermarks for easy removal!

How to Remover Watermark by Color

Add File

Again, the first step would be to upload the image you want to edit. You can select multiple photos too, and use the Batch mode later to edit them all together in one step.

Open the watermarked image..

Use the Rectangular Selection tool

On the right side in the toolbar, you will see a rectangular icon with dotted lines. This is the Rectangular Selection tool.
Once you have turned this on, all you need to do is click and drag the mouse pointer over the watermark.
A rectangular area will be created, which will cover the Shutterstock watermark in red.

Select watermark with rectangular selection..

Select Colour

Beside the Rectangular Selection tool, you will see a magic wand icon. This is the Colour Selection option.
As soon as you turn this on, your mouse pointer will change to a cross. Use this to select the colour of your watermark. For example, if the Shutterstock watermark in your image is a white-grey text, click on the text so that the exact colour is chosen.
Now, the Photo Stamp Remover knows not only the area where your watermark is, but also its colour! So, the program will be able to remove text of only that colour, only within that selected area.
This means that the watermark removal becomes more accurate, and there is no chance of it disturbing your background or composition!

Select watermark to remove by color..

Save Mask if needed

Use the floppy disc icon in the toolbar to save this as a mask. Later, if you have another image of the same size and with the same watermark, you can directly use the mask and skip all the steps!

Save watermark mask..

Select Object Removing mode

The Object Removing option can also be found in the toolbar on the right. This selection will decide how the Photo Stamp Remover will fill in the gaps, once it has removed the Shutterstock watermark.
The removal software provides many options like Inpainting, Texture generation and Quick Removal.
If the watermark is small and separate from the background, you can select Quick Removal.
You should experiment yourself to see which option suits which type of images!

Watermark removal algorithm..

Click Remove

This is the last step! Once your area and colour is selected, and you have chosen which type of removal to apply, all you need to do is click on Remove.
In a few seconds, the Shutterstock watermark will be deleted and filled in with a seamless background automatically.

Clean image without the watermark..

Don’t forget to save your perfect photo!

How can you use the Clone Stamp tool for watermark removal?

The SoftOrbits Photo Stamp Remover also gives you the option of Clone Stamp.
This method is useful for complex watermarks. You can also use this to replicate an object in your photo and paste it in another area.
The advantage of this technique is that instead of relying on the program, you can manually choose the area to be replaced and the area which will be used to fill the gaps!

Remove the watermark with clone stamp tool..

What are the steps required?

Once your photo is uploaded, select the Clone Stamp option under the Tools tab from the taskbar on top. Your mouse pointer will change to a cross-shaped brush.
Adjust the size of the brush so that you can accurately select the good area – which will be “cloned” and used to replace the watermark in the last step.
Hold down the Alt key and brush over the good area with a left click.
When you are done selecting, release the Alt key.
Now go to the watermarked area and paint over it with a right click. You will see the previously selected area replacing the watermark as you click and paint.
Don’t forget to clean up the edges of the cloned object at the end using the quick removal method.

Is it legal to remove Shutterstock watermarks?

However, one warning!
Shuttersotck watermarks should never be removed if you are using the photo for any commercial purpose. They are added to an image so that the photographer can prove his or her ownership, and it would be illegal to remove them.
What we’re discussing here is strictly personal use; where you will not be using the image to make money. You can remove the watermark if you’re using the image for things like your birthday party invite or a science project.

Are there any alternate watermark removal methods you can try?

Apart from the Photo Stamp Removal tools, there are several options available for removing Shutterstock watermarks.
Let us discuss some of these alternatives quickly!

How to Remove Shutterstock Watermark using Photoshop

Photoshop does an amazing job of cleaning up watermarks if you know which tool to use. One of the easiest methods is to use the spot healing brush.
The first thing is to do is create a blank layer, and then select the Spot healing brush and turn on the Sample All Layers option.

Open image with shutterstock watermark in photoshop..

Beside the Sample All Layers option, there is an option for Type on the left. You should change this to Content Aware.
Once all this is done, all you have to do is click on the watermark. Photoshop will automatically detect the watermark and fill it with surrounding pixels.

Remove the shutterstock watermark in photoshop..

There are numerous videos which will explain it in more detail!

Remove Shutterstock Watermark Online

You can simply google for free websites which allow you to remove watermarks, skin spots, date stamps etc. There are many programs like Inpaint and Fotor which provide similar tools like object removal, spot healing and other basic editing options.

Phone apps

If you want to edit only smartphone images, you should definitely consider using apps like Snapseed, Pixlr, and TouchRetouch.

Snapseed

Snapseed on Google Play..

Pixlr

Pixlr on Google Play..

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch on Google Play..

These apps come with basic healing options which will work well for simple watermarks and even pimples, acne and wrinkles.
For iPhone users, there are other options like Facetune and Airbrush, which are easy to use and work well on both watermarks and facial features.

Facetune

Facetune on AppStore..

Airbrush

Airbrush on AppStore..

Other options for lazy days

If you get really lazy and can’t deal with any photo editing, you can try the following idiot-proof methods:

Crop the photo

Simply removing the corner with the watermark or changing the aspect ratio works best if you are not worried about photo resolution and maintaining the original composition.

Search for free images

Apart from the free images available on Shutterstock, you can check out places like Pexels and Pixabay. Most probably, you’ll be able to find an alternate photo free of watermarks.

Conclusion

Watermarks are the worst type of distraction. If you want a perfect image where the focus is only on the light, colours and composition, you will have to learn how to remove watermarks.
This is where a watermark removal software like Photo Stamp Remover comes in handy. With options like clone stamp, quick removal and colour selection, you will be able to remove Shutterstock watermarks without disturbing your composition!
There are other options like phone apps and free stock photo websites too, which will require even fewer steps.
However, you should remember that Shutterstock watermarks can be removed only if you are using the image privately and its for personal use!

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