How to remove watermark from an image? [Photoshop Tutorial]

In an earlier post I had written a tutorial on how to add a watermark to an image. Now in this tutorial we are going to see how to remove watermark on an image.

For this tutorial I have taken a cat’s photograph. We can see the watermark on it and to the right you can see the image after I removed the watermark.

First make a selection around the Watermark text. You can use Pen tool or Magic Wand tool for this. But here I have used both.

Now I create a selection around the watermarked text image as shown in the image below.

Now lets make some changes to the selected area.

  • Go to Edit>Fill (Shift+F5).
  • You can see Fill Pallet box display on your screen.
  • Here I have used Use – Content-Aware, Mode-Normal, Opacity-100% as you can see in the image below.

Now Deselect the selection. Just Press Ctrl+D for de-selecting the selection. You can see watermarked area filled with the background color. Now I have to remove the outline of the watermarked text image.

For this we using the Clone Stamp Tool (S)

Then with the help the Clone Stamp Tool remove the Watermark text outline. Just pick the similar color of the outline near part by pressing Alt key and fill it on the outline (seem image below).

After removing the whole outline where of the remains of the watermarks outline we have the image ready.

Sometimes removing watermark is necessary when we need to use a particular image in a certain way. Watermarked images usually are copy-righted. In this case do give credit or take permission from the original copyright holder of the image specially if you are reproducing that image in any form commercially.

Do drop in your comments with your views.

41 replies on “How to remove watermark from an image? [Photoshop Tutorial]”

  1. Am using photoshope cs2, i am unable to fine content aware in Fill,
    What version of photoshope you are using..!!

    1. Oh! it’s in Photoshop CS5. this is newly add in CS5…i think you people always use latest version of any software….thanks…!

  2. Very simple and direct tutorial. I usually get wallpapers from deviantart but some of them have watermarks. I am really looking forward to make use of this from now on. 🙂

      1. I wud really appreciate if u Can write a post on how to use font of different languages in photoshop.

    1. @Muhilan: It is not illegal to remove watermarks. But it is illegal to use copyright content without proper permissions.

  3. Could you post a video on this
    I’m new to photoshop stuff so yeah… Thanks in advance 😀

  4. Hello Do Anybody Know How To Remove Ebay Watermarks Off The Pictures That I Download Off The Site Like Remove The EBay Sign Off The Picture?

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  6. People use watermarks to signature their work. Stock image companies use watermarks to secure their submitters work. If not illegal, removing watermarks is unethical. They are there for reason. Buy the images you need and you get those without watermarks.

  7. for me, the picture and watermark are the same layer. Using the clone stamp moved the picture and showed the “black and white pattern” background. I don’t know, did I do it right?

    1. If you got the black and white pattern background then you were probably using the eraser tool not the clone tool……………… by the way……. great tutorial

  8. “Watermarked images usually are copy-righted.”
    Usually? How about ALL images are ALWAYS copyrighted?

    Hate to be the buzz-killer here, but removing watermarks from images that aren’t yours is illegal, as you’re tampering with someone’s copyrights.

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