How To Remove Watermarks from Photos Easily

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When you've clicked a photo that is definitely a keeper, or simply want to use an image you found online in your presentation or a school project, the last thing you want is a watermark.
Watermarks can creep into your photos in many forms – as dates in the corner of your photo, photo stamps of your smartphone brand or just a big grey text covering the background.
So that your photo remains clean and sharp, you should know how to remove watermark from photos.
This is where I will help you!

Here, we'll learn about the best watermark removal programs and a few online apps which have the rights tools for the job, and how you can use them with just a few clicks.
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How to choose the best watermark remover for photos?

Not everyone is a master at Photoshop and Lightroom.
There are quite a few beginner photographers and enthusiasts who want to learn how to remove watermarks and date stamps from their photos, and they might not know how to go about it.
This list is exactly for such beginners.
With hundreds of programs and techniques available to remove distractions from images, it gets difficult to choose just one which will suit your workflow and your photos.
But here you'll find the best of the best – easy to use programs and free, online options too! And we'll also discuss the exact steps you need to follow for quick and clean results.

What are the best software to remove watermarks from images?

Let us go one by one. This list will help you choose the best programs for watermark removal, while also explaining the steps involved for easy removal.

PHOTO STAMP REMOVER

The Watermark Remover, a software specially designed for smart removal of watermarks, logos, date stamps and much more!

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What this program offers are special editing tools like healing, cloning and area selection – which make removing any type of watermark very easy!

You don't even have to worry about what happens after removal, since the algorithm of the Watermark Remover software will replace the watermark with the correct pixels from the background on its own.
You even have the options of selecting multiple photos in one batch, to remove watermarks from photos simultaneously! With batch mode, you'll be able to correct multiple photos in one go and save precious time.
Once we have gone through the various options and their pros and cons, you can choose which one suits you best!

Remove Watermark Using the Highlight Method

This is a simpler technique which will only require you to highlight the watermark and click!

Add your photo by clicking on Add File.
In the toolbar on the right, select the pencil icon.

This will be the brush using which you have to highlight the watermark.

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Use the pencil to mark the area in red. Make sure you have covered the entire watermark, without including too much of the surrounding area.
Hit Remove when the logo has been completely highlighted.

The algorithms of the Photo Stamp Remover will smartly remove the watermark logo and fill them with the background pixels.

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Remove Watermark Using the Rectangular Selection Method

This is the quickest way to remove date stamp from photo, and works best for simple images with a small-sized date watermark in the corner.

Add file

In the toolbar on the right, you will see a rectangular icon with dotted lines. Select that.

Use the mouse pointer to create a rectangle over the watermark

Click Remove! The algorithm will detect the watermark inside the rectangle and clean it up.

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A useful tip is to save the final settings as a mask before you click on Remove.

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Use the floppy disc icon to do this

So, the next time you come across a similar watermark, you can simply use the mask instead of going through all the steps again and again!

Remove Watermark Using the Clone Stamp Method

The Click Clone Stamp method gives you full control over the watermark removal process, because you can choose the area to remove and also the area which will be used to fill the gaps.

Although a little more complex than the other methods, the Clone Stamp method is the more accurate tool.

Use the Add File option to load your image.It can be found in the top-left corner.
Click on the Clone Stamp option in the Tools tab or click on the stamp icon on the right.

This will activate the cloning brush.

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According to the size of the watermark to be removed, change the size of the brush. For a small text, you can use a small-sized brush.
Keep pressing Alt key on your keyboard and select a clean area that matches the background of the watermark with a left click. Try to select an area close to the watermark, so that when these good pixels are cloned and stamped on the watermark, the colours and lighting look natural.
Let go of the Alt key when you're finished selecting the clean area. Now, simply left-click on the watermark and move the brush over it! You will see that the watermark was removed and hidden by the duplicated good area.
To make sure the cloning and stamping looks natural, use a small sized brush and blend in the edges with the surrounding area.

This method works well for complex watermarks or for photos with lots of details in the background, where the algorithm might not be able to achieve the perfect results.
Do not worry if this seems difficult! Previous two techniques are much easier. They will work for the most photos.

Watermark Removal Example

Watermarked photo with monks..
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HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP TO REMOVE WATERMARKS?

Photoshop provides far more options to edit and process photos, and can do a better job with difficult watermarks and complex backgrounds.

The advantage of Photoshop is that along with the usual clone and stamp tools, it also offers the Spot Healing brush, which works with just one tap. Photoshop's Content Aware options are also more advanced, and can provide a more natural result.

Let us have a look at the steps involved!

Adding a blank layer

As soon as you open the image in Photoshop, you need to add a layer above it. Creating a blank layer will ensure that the original photo underneath is protected from any mistakes you make.

Name the blank layer as Remover, so that you are able to identify which layer you need to be working on.

Select Spot Healing

Find the Spot Healing Brush in the Toolbar. Like the name suggests, this brush will heal the spots on which you click, and replace the gaps with the surrounding pixels.

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Also, turn the Sample All Layers option on! This is necessary so that Photoshop can use the layer below to understand how the gaps can be filled once the watermark is gone.

Select Content Aware

Along with the Sample All Layers option, you will also see a Type option to your left. Change this to Content Aware. This is a powerful tool, because it allows Photoshop to be aware of all the pixels around the watermark and use them for filling the gaps.

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This is an important step because it leads to the most natural results!

Tap and Remove

Now just click on the watermark and watch it disappear!

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In case you find these steps difficult to follow, you can check out a few videos on Youtube which explain how to remove watermark from photo. This is a great technique for removing wrinkles and acne too!

How to Remove Watermark in Photoshop Using the Lasso Tool

If the watermark in your image is not a straight text, you also have the option of using the lasso tool, which is much more flexible!

Once the photo has been loaded in Photoshop, select the lasso tool from the toolbar on the left side.
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Mark the watermark using the mouse pointer. You should see a dotted line appear as you move around the mouse. This is the advantage of the lasso tool! It allows you to be flexible and select even curvy texts and watermarks.
Right click on the selected area and select the Fill option from the list.
On clicking the Fill option, you'll see a dialogue box open. Select the Content Aware option and click OK.
Simply watch the selected watermark disappear! The Content Aware feature allows Photoshop to sample the surrounding pixels and make a seamless removal of watermark.

HOW TO USE GIMP FOR WATERMARK REMOVAL?

Apart from Photo Stamp Remover and Photoshop, GIMP is another advanced image editing software which has the right tool for watermark removal.
Although it comes with a significant learning curve and a beginner might think it's difficult to use, GIMP offers a lot of advanced features for free.
For removing watermarks, it gives you the option of using a smart healing tool or the usual clone and stamp.

Remove the Watermark in Gimp Using the Healing Brush

Open the image you want to edit in GIMP. Zoom in a little bit so that the watermark and its surrounding areas can be easily seen and selected.
Select the Healing Brush tool by going to Tools, then Paint Tools. Alternatively, you can click on the band-aid icon in the Toolbox.
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While pressing Ctrl on your keyboard, click on a clean area which you want to replace the watermark with.
Release the Ctrl button. Now, simply click on the watermark and watch it getting replaced by the source you selected earlier. GIMP will remove the watermark and blend in the source area on its own, so that the final version looks natural.
If the watermark is a long text and simply clicking on it is taking time, press down the Shift button. You will see a line connecting the source to the current location of your mouse. Drag your pointer to the watermark so that the line covers it, and just Shift+Click. GIMP will heal along the whole line!

Remove the Watermark in Gimp Using the Clone Tool

If your watermark is a simple text against a solid background, using the normal clone tool will save some time and give better results. You can simply clone the background colour and paste it over the watermark!

Open the photo in GIMP and select the Clone option from the Paint Tools list, or clicking on the icon which looks like a stamp.
While holding down Ctrl, click on the area you want to use to cover the watermark. For example, if your watermark is a black text on a white background, select a clean white area to match it.
Release the Ctrl button. Now, keep on clicking on the watermark to cover it with the source you selected before. In a few clicks, the watermark will completely disappear!
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HOW TO REMOVE WATERMARK IN WINDOWS PAINT?

Paint is not just a simple drawing tool for kids!
One of the most widely used Windows Paint 3D app is also quite advanced, and comes with loads of features that are very easy to use.
Let's have a quick look at how you can use Paint to remove watermarks in just two steps!

Watermarks with white background

Open the image with Paint.

Go the Selection option and choose one of the shapes. If your watermark is a straight text, you can use the rectangular selection.

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Click and drag the pointer to put the selection around the watermark.

Then right click, and hit Delete! Paint will remove that area and leave a clean, white space behind.

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Watermarks with coloured background

The main steps remain the same. Open the image, choose a selection, cover the watermark area and click on Delete. Since the background had a solid colour, you will see an empty white space. This is what we need to cover up now!
Click on the dropper icon in the Toolbar.

This is the colour selector tool. Go to the area just beside the white space, and select the colour which matches the original.

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Go to the Colour Fill option in the Toolbar just above the dropper icon.

Move over to the white space and click. Paint will now fill the empty space with the selected colour!

What are the best mobile apps to remove watermarks?

What we saw before were advanced computer software. But on some days, you just don't feel like spending so much energy in front of a computer screen. Or maybe you have a few personal photos on your phone that you want to edit.
There are many mobile apps perfect for such times! Let me show you the best of the bunch.

Snapseed

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Snapseed is a great image editing app developed by Google, available for free on both Android and iPhone platforms. It offers a host of advanced tools like vignette, ambiance, curve adjustments, RGB filters and lens blur effects – something you won't find in any other mobile app.

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Its healing tool is excellent too, and works very well for small watermarks, date stamps and acne!
Once you open the photo, you'll see a Tools option. There you will find the Healing icon, which works with just a click.
The area you click on will be automatically deleted and replaced with the surrounding area. If the watermark is a long line, you can simply swipe across the word instead of tapping!

Airbrush

Airbrush is a great app for retouching portraits and selfies! But the tools in it work just as perfectly for removing watermarks too.
Most of the features on Airbrush like smooth skin, teeth whitener, blur effects and filters are designed for faces. But the Blemish Remover option of the app works not only for pimples, but also for watermarks. All you need to do is tap and watch!
This app even has a Clone Stamp option, which you can use to replace any logo with a pre-selected clean area.
Airbrush is available for both Apple and Android phones, although you can unlock all the other premium features at a price of about $3 per month.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator is an excellent iphone editing app, although it's so loaded with features that it might look difficult to use at first! But you'll find your way around it easily.
It offers a huge number of creative options that work not only for camera images, but also for sketches and paintings. You can also paint and create your own icons, sketches and graphic designs with this app!
For removing watermarks, Pixelmator offers a Clone stamp tool – so that you can simply replace the watermark with a clean area which you have already chosen.
You can also experiment with the Repair tool, which is actually designed for quick deletion of wrinkles and blemishes, but works perfectly for watermarks and logos too!

Pixelmator app..

Are there any free tools for watermark removal in 2020?

Editing that can now be done on smartphones and online in 2020 used to require advanced programs with subscriptions only a few years back. Not anymore!
In this section, we'll discuss a few online tools to delete watermarks which do not need any payments or subscriptions.

The Inpaint

Inpaint is perhaps the most user-friendly tool for object removal and deleting watermarks, and it is completely free (online)!
As soon as Inpaint is installed in your computer and you have loaded the image you wish to edit, you'll see options like marker, lasso tool, a magic wand tool that cleans up the whole image on its own, eraser and much more.

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For simple watermarks, you can directly click on the red button – which is the marker – and highlight the watermark. Once you click on Erase, you're done!
Inpaint algorithms work well, and they will help you save loads of time. With advanced options like the lasso button, you can process all your images with just one software.

Fotor

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Fotor is a completely online tool that does not require you to download any special software. Along with removing watermarks, Fotor also gives you options to edit portrait and landscape images.

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You can even create graphic designs with this, and use options like filters, add text, frames, portrait retouching, HDR effects etc.
Fotor's Beauty feature is designed for portraits, but the clone and stamp option under it can be used for watermarks too. The steps are similar to what we've seen before. Select the clone tool, use the brush to choose the good source areas, and then click on the watermark to cover it up!

Wondershare Fotophire

Okay, this one is not exactly free! But you should definitely try out Fotophire because of its user-friendly design and quick results. If you like it, you can get a yearly subscription at about $50!
You can take a free trial of Fotophire first, and see if it suits your style or not.
Like Photo Stamp Remover, Photoshop and other programs we saw, Fotophire offers you both a healing tool – where the algorithm does most of the work – and a clone tool for manual selection.
What's more! Along with the usual marker option, this software also gives you a lasso tool and a rectangular selection option. You can choose whichever method you want, and then simply click on the Remove button.
The only disadvantage of Fotophire is that it puts a watermark on the photo it edits, unless you pay for the subscription.

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How can you remove watermarks on a MAC?

Although most of the programs we saw work online, you can download special programs for editing images on the go!
With the following programs, you can use your MAC to remove watermarks while travelling or without any internet connection.

Photos

Photos is an Apple program that you will find pre-installed in your MAC!
Apart from simply viewing your image and creating albums, Photos gives many useful features like sliding adjustments, colour effects and filters and automatic sync with iCloud.
For logo and watermark removal, Photos for MAC gives you a tap-to-remove feature. You can turn on the Retouching tool by searching for that option, or directly hitting R as a keyboard shortcut.
This brush will act as the removal pencil, and whatever you click on will be deleted and replaced with the surrounding pixels.

Luminar

Luminar is yet another advanced editing software that can be downloaded for MAC and Windows both, only with a small payment. You can also download it as a standalone program, or use it as a plugin for MAC!
Luminar A.I is a special software different from Luminar, and allows you to literally replace the colour of skies and add your own fog and mist. For simply removing watermarks, the latest version of Luminar will be sufficient.

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The program offers tools like Photoshop's Spot Healing, actually called Eraser in the program. You can simply click over the watermark to highlight it and see it get deleted! For complex logos and date stamps – where the background is not a plain one – you can even try out the Clone and Stamp method.

Photo Eraser Pro MAC

Much like the Photo Stamp Remover, the Photo Eraser Pro is a user-friendly software designed only for removing pimples, watermarks, logos etc.
Unlike Photos and Luminar, it is a much simpler program and doesn't need the fastest computer to run, although you need to buy it for accessing all the features!
Because it is made only for object removal, you won't get confused by hundreds of options. The simple marker tool is all you need to highlight the watermark and remove it forever.
It even has a smart scale option, which can be used to remove the watermark by changing the size of the photo. This is a useful option because unlike cropping, you have more control over the scaling process and can protect your composition while removing the logo.

How to remove watermarks from videos?

Many people think that because videos are huge files with lots of frames, a logo cannot be taken out. But no worries!
With SoftOrbits Remove Logo Now you can remove logos, embedded subtitles, watermarks and what not from any video.

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And the best thing is that the steps are the same as those for a photo!
To remove any watermarks, you can simply load the file and use the Find Logo button for automatic detection. If that doesn't work, you can use the pencil button or the rectangular selection option to select the logo and then click Remove.
Whatever your technique, Remove Logo Now will delete the watermark and fill in the gaps in each frame to give you a clean file!
The program can process files in MP4, MKV, MOV, FLV formats, and save them in another format too.

How to remove watermarks from PDF files?

It should not come as a surprise now that watermarks can be removed from PDF files too.
There are lots of times when you download your favorite book or college notes, only to find a big grey logo making it impossible to read.

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The SoftOrbits PDF Watermark Remover will solve all your problems! It is easy to use and requires you to download it just once.
And the main advantage is that the logo removal is a fully automatic process, and you don't have to select each page – which would take hours!
When you open the program and load the file, the PDF Watermark Remover will scan the whole thing and show you the list of watermarks found. You can pick and choose which logos you want to keep and which ones you want to delete!
Your new PDF will be ready for reading as soon you click on Remove and save!

How to remove watermarks in Microsoft Word?

Removing watermarks form a Word file is super easy, since Microsoft Word itself can do that job well. All you need to do is follow these steps:

Open the Word document and click on the Design tab on top.
On the right side under the Page Background menu, select the Watermark option.
You should see a Remove Watermark option here. All the watermarks in the document will now be removed automatically.

If the above method doesn't work, there is another technique you can try. Double click on the top of the page to open the header. Put your cursor over the watermark and click, so that you see arrows all around it.
Once your watermark is selected, press delete on your keyboard to remove the watermark.
One disadvantage with this alternative method is that you will have to do this for each logo separately.

Are there any other options to get rid of watermarks?

If you are out of luck and none of the above tools and programs work for your images, there are still a few options remaining for you.

Buy the image

The whole point of stock photo websites is to let the photographer earn some money by selling his or her work. If you cannot remove the watermark, it is better to simply register on the website and buy the original photo!

Find a Clone tool

Like GIMP and Photoshop, any app or software with the clone tool will work for watermark removal.

You can simply search on Google Play Store or the iPhone app store and look for image editing apps with this feature.

The Clone tool is very useful, since you can not only duplicate an object and place it somewhere else in the image, you can use the technique to cover up any watermark or date stamp.

Overlap with your own watermark or Crop

If you don't want anyone else's watermark to be visible, you can simply paste your own watermark or logo over it. Another option is to simply crop the photo and cut out the text!

Find another similar photo

If you cannot remove the watermark or crop it out at all, you have no choice but to look for another photo that will serve your purpose. There are many stock photo websites, one of which should have a similar photo available without any watermark!

Is it legal to remove watermarks from photos that are not yours?

Each photo is a creation of the photographer, and is his or her property in legal terms. So, it would be wrong to remove watermarks of another person.
The aim of a watermark or a logo is to make sure that no one steals the work of another photographer. Therefore, it is right to remove a watermark only if it is for personal use, like a school project or a private photo collection.
You cannot remove a watermark and use the image for commercial purposes!
There are dozens of stock image websites that put watermarks over their photos, to protect their ownership of those images. Some of the most common ones are Shutterstock, Getty Images, Filmora, Disney Photopass, Canva and Photobucket.

Are there any stock image websites with free photos without watermarks?

Of course! You can check out the following websites for hundreds of free images, which can be used without any watermark:


You will definitely be able to find the photo you need from one these websites! And you won't have to worry about removing watermarks.

Conclusion

Watermarks look ugly and distracting, but they serve an important purpose of protecting the identity of the photographer and preventing anyone from stealing the image.
But if you want to remove a watermark for personal use, there are many excellent options! From advanced software like Photo Stamp Remover and Photoshop to online tools like Luminar, Snapseed and Fotor, you can experiment and see which one works best for you.
You can even use programs like Remove Logo Now and SoftOrbits PDF Watermark Remover to delete logos from videos, PDFs and other documents. And if nothing works, simply buy the image or shoot one photo of your own!
All the best!


🙋Frequently Asked Questions

This type of watermark shows up when your Windows has not been properly activated. You can simply follow the steps given in this article: https://windows101tricks.com/remove-activate-windows-10-watermark-permanently/

The first thing would be to make sure that all your images have your name embedded inside the EXIF data. A few other tricks would be to insert large watermarks which are difficult to remove, or use tile watermarks. You can even insert your logo onto important things like faces, so that removing the watermark will destroy the image itself!

You can check out online programs like Inpaint and Fotor, or use the Healing and Cloning tools of software like GIMP and Photoshop.

You will have to open the Page Setup menu and use the Customize Header option to select the watermark and then delete it. Have a look at this article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/remove-a-watermark-from-a-sheet-6e4c53d6-2cbd-4b3b-8f17-ddd660e2df1d

There are actually many ways to get a clean photo from your Disney trip! You can use programs like Photo Stamp Remover and Snapseed to remove the watermarks. You also have the option of simply buying that image, cropping out the watermark or buying one of those special Disney Visa cards or Max passes!

Check out apps like the Photo Stamp Remover, Fotor and Luminar, which have special tools designed to remove watermarks and give you a clean image.

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