Software & Apps Design How to Remove Watermarks From Photos You can easily remove that protection by Coletta Teske Writer Coletta Teske is a Lifewire writer focusing on consumer electronics. She has 30 years' experience writing for Adobe, Boeing, Microsoft, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Coletta Teske Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 08, 2020 Jon Fisher Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email 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. 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. Deleting a watermark might require unique steps depending on how it was created. These directions can be used to remove any watermark from any photo. Open the app that you used to create the watermarked photo. Open the file that contains the watermarked photo. Find the photo that contains the watermark. Select the watermark text or image, then press Delete. 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 GIMP, and in productivity software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Here’s how to crop a photo to remove a watermark: From the image editor, open the photo that has the watermark. Select the Crop tool. Drag the handles to select the section of the image you want to keep. Submit the changes by pressing a save or done button. 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, GIMP or Pixlr. The Clone Stamp tool in these apps will cover up the watermark with a part of the photo. To remove a watermark with the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop: With the image open in Photoshop, select the Clone Stamp tool from the tools menu. It's the one that looks like a stamp. 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. With the Alt key pressed, select a part of the image that doesn't include the watermark, and then depress the key. The area you select should have similar colors and textures as the part of the photo that the watermark is covering. Brush over the watermark area to replace it with the background you sampled. You might need to keep resampling an area of the page to get it just right, and you can adjust the brush size from the menu at the top of Photoshop. 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 InPaint. Removing a watermark in InPaint is similar to using the Clone Stamp tool. Select the watermark, and the app does the cloning work. Here’s how to use InPaint: Go to the InPaint upload page. Select Upload Image and choose the photo that contains the watermark. Choose the Marker Tool. Draw over the watermark. A transparent color will appear to show the area you're selecting. Select Erase. Select Download to save the photo to your computer. You’ll need to purchase credits to save the image in a high-quality format. Otherwise, it will save as a low quality image.