5 Fast Ways to Remove Watermarks from Photos

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A watermark is a great way to copyright images. But what if you need a clean picture, but the only thing you have is a watermarked copy? It doesn't matter whether your hard drive died, destroying all the originals, or you failed to disable data insertion on your camera. The fact remains - you are left with a picture that cannot be used in a project. So is there a way to remove watermarks from photos? Of course! We will show you 5 methods to remove text, a logo or any other eyesore to save your pictures.

Please note that removing a watermark from a copyright photo is illegal. These 5 methods of cleaning your picture should by no means be used to commit a felony.

In this article, you'll learn how to get rid of a watermark on photos using the industry giant Adobe Photoshop, up-and-coming software called PhotoWorks, an easy-to-use photo editor for Mac, and a convenient web-based application. All the methods slightly range in difficulty, so let's look at each of them closely so you can make the right choice.


Way 1. Remove a watermark from a photo in a few clicks
Way 2. Get rid of watermarks using Adobe Photoshop
Way 3. Erase any watermark on your Mac
Way 4. Delete watermarks with an online image editor
Way 5. Cut undesired watermarks from your pics

Way 1. Remove a Watermark from a Photo in a Few Clicks

Wouldn't it be great if you could edit your picture with just a few clicks? Well, there is software capable of just that. It's called PhotoWorks and it is as easy to use as it is powerful. Perfect for both newbies and pros, this smart photo editor is filled to the brim with efficient tools to enhance your images. And yes, they include a watermark removal tool.

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For those who are new to the world of photo editing: please note that you'll get the best result if your watermark is relatively small and is positioned against a plain background.

Before After
Watermaked picture Clean picture


A neat result, isn't it? Let's see how to remove a watermark from your photo using PhotoWorks:

Step 1. Open Your Picture

Download and install PhotoWorks. Import your watermarked picture.

Download and run PhotoWorks

Open your picture with PhotoWorks

Step 2. Pick the Healing Brush

Switch to the Retouch tab and choose the Healing Brush tool. Set its parameters (size, feather, etc.) for more precise application.

Go to the Retouch tab and pick the Healing Brush

Select the Healing Brush and set its parameters

Step 3. Remove the Watermark

Paint over the watermark. PhotoWorks will automatically delete the unwanted logo.

Paint over the watermark to erase it

Use the Healing Brush to get rid of the pesky watermark

Step 4. Save Your Picture

Apply the changes and save your restored picture in a suitable format: JPEG, PNG, BMP, or TIFF.

Save your clean picture

Save your clean picture in a suitable format

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Fully compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Way 2. Get Rid of Watermarks Using Adobe Photoshop

Even if you have never tried your hand at photo editing, you have probably heard of the mighty Photoshop. This uber-powerful (and expensive) software is filled with tools and features that can do wonders for your pictures. The greatest downside, however, is that Photoshop is too complicated for an average user, making almost any easy task a torment. So let's see whether it's going to be difficult to remove watermarks from pictures with Photoshop.

Step 1. Launch Adobe Photoshop

Run the software, then open the image you want to work on.

Open your picture with Photoshop

Launch the program on your computer

Step 2. Pick the Healing Brush Tool

Select the Healing Brush Tool and choose the Content-Aware fill option to delete the unwanted watermark.

Select the Healing Brush

Use the Content-Aware fill option to keep the rest of the photo unaffected

Step 3. Erase the Watermark

Paint over the watermark with the brush and save the changes.

Get rid of the watermark

Brush over the watermark to get rid of it

Well, that didn't take much time to perform either. Surely, this method seems easy, but with an important sidenote - you have to know your way around Photoshop. Otherwise it takes quite an effort to find the right tool on the intricate sidebar.

Way 3. Erase Any Watermark on Your Mac

If you are a Mac fan, then try Movavi Photo Editor to remove watermarks from pictures. Download the software and install it on your computer. Launch the program and add the picture that you need to edit. Use the Brush Tool to paint over a watermark. For more precise selection, use the Magic Wand and then click Start Erasing to remove the undesired watermark. Now you just need to save your picture!

Delete watermark with Movavi Photo Editor

Use Mac software to remove a watermark

Way 4. Delete Watermarks with an Online Image Editor

If you need to have a watermark removed right now, and don't have the time to install and learn various softwares, use an online image editor instead. Let's have a look at what PicMonkey is capable of. First, choose the Clone tool. Click Set Source and select an area of the image that will cover the watermark, then paint over it. And voila - no more watermark.

Remove watermarkf rom your picture with PicMonkey

Take off the watermark with a convenient online photo editor

An important side note: despite how convenient this watermark eraser is, you will need a stable internet connection to work with it. Besides, uploading pictures to a website can make them subject to privacy breach. So proceed at your own risk.

Way 5. Cut Out Undesired Watermarks from Your Pics

The easiest method of removing watermarks from your JPEG images is to simply crop them out! Every photo editor, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, is equipped with the Crop tool. You can trust the likes of Pixlr, Paint.NET, Picasa to help you get off the watermark.

Remove watermark by cutting it out

Crop the photo to get rid of the watermark

If you want to crop your picture smartly and not just delete a chunk of it, go with PhotoWorks. This software offers various grip overlays (The Rule of Thirds, The Golden Ratio, etc.) to help you both cut out the watermark and improve the picture's composition.

At the end of the day, there are many ways to remove a watermark from your picture. These methods range from quite hard to fairly easy, and the software cut for the task can be both freeware and somewhat expensive. So pick your watermark remover based on your skill, ambition, and wallet. If you are looking for a perfect balance of functionality, price, and user-friendliness, PhotoWorks may be the best choice for you.

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But still, no matter what way to clean your picture you choose, respect the copyright law and never remove watermarks from pictures illegally. Just pay the due respect to the author of the photo you found on Shutterstock or elsewhere, and buy their picture instead.