How to Remove Watermarks From Photos

You can easily remove that protection from your pictures

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Learn how to remove watermarks from photos.

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When you want to watermark one of your photos, make a copy of the photo and create the watermark on the copy. If you can't find the original photo, there are several ways to remove the watermark. Read through our list of suggestions, and find the one that works best for you.

Important: Removing the watermark from an image that you do not own the copyright to is likely illegal, depending on where you live. Please check the laws in your country or local jurisdiction before proceeding.

Delete a Watermark Using the Original App

When your watermarked image was created with an app such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Paint 3D, use that app to remove the watermark.

Image showing a watermark created in Microsoft Word
The quickest way to remove a watermark is delete it from the original photo.

To remove a watermark:

  1. Open the app that you used to create the watermarked photo.
  2. Open the file that contains the watermarked photo.
  3. Find the photo that contains the watermark.
  4. Select the watermark text or image, then press Delete.
  5. Right-click on the picture and select Save as Picture. Give the image a name, choose a file format and click Save.

If you cannot select the watermark, it may be grouped with the picture. Choose the photo and then select Ungroup.

Crop a Picture to Remove a Watermark

When a watermark is near the edge of the photo, crop the photo to remove it. When you crop a picture, part of the image is cut off and the image is smaller.

You’ll find a Crop tool in image editing apps such as Adobe Photoshop and The GIMP, and in productivity software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Image showing how to crop a watermark using Photoshop
Adjust the crop area so that the watermark is not included.

Here’s how to crop a photo to remove a watermark:

  1. Open the photo.
  2. Select the Crop tool.
  3. Choose the part of the photo that you want to keep. The watermark should be outside this area.
  4. Select the Crop tool again to apply the change.

Edit the Photo Using an Image Editor App

If you can’t delete the watermark or if you don’t have the original image without the watermark, use a photo editing software such as Photoshop, The GIMP or Pixlr. The Clone Stamp tool in these apps will cover up the watermark with a part of the photo.

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Draw over the watermark with the Clone Stamp tool to remove it.

To remove a watermark with the Clone Stamp tool:

  1. Open the photo that contains the watermark.
  2. Select a brush style and size that will cover the watermark. Use a soft round brush to make it easier to blend the cloned area and avoid sharp edges.
  3. Select the Clone Stamp tool.
  4. Press Alt and select an area of the background that is near the watermark. The area you select should have similar colors and textures as the part of the photo that is covered by the watermark.
  5. Draw over the watermark area to replace it with the background. You may need to select different background areas to cover up the watermark.

This method may take some time and practice if you aren’t familiar with Photoshop or similar tools.

Use an Online Watermark Remover

There are several online tools that make it easy to remove a watermark from your photos. If you’re looking for an online tool, check out WebInPaint and Watermark Remover Online.

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Highlight the watermark using WebInPaint to remove it.

Removing a watermark in WebInPaint is similar to using the Clone Stamp tool. Select the watermark, and the app does the cloning work.

Here’s how to use WebInPaint:

  1. Go to the WebInPaint upload page.
  2. Select Upload Image and choose the photo that contains the watermark.
  3. Choose the Marker Tool.
  4. Draw over the watermark.
  5. Select Erase.
  6. Select Download to save the photo to your computer. You’ll need to purchase credits to download files.

Watermark Remover Online does all the work for you. All you do is upload the file.

Here’s how to use Watermark Remover Online:

  1. Go to the Watermark Remover Online page.
  2. Select Browse and choose the file with the watermark that you want to remove.
  3. Select Remove Watermark. It may take a few minutes for Watermark Remover to convert the file.
  4. Select Download to save the file to your computer. You'll be asked to participate in a survey to finish the download.