Watermarks are often used to prevent photos and graphics from being reused without permission from the owner, and can sometimes be difficult to remove. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to use a photo with a watermark, you can remove the watermark using tools such as Photoshop, Inpaint, and Photo Stamp Remover.
Method 1 of 4: Using SoftOrbits Photo Stamp Remover
Step 1. Launch Photo Stamp Remover and click 'Add Files'
Step 2. Select the photo you want to remove the watermark from
Step 3. Click on 'Selection Marker' and then drag the marker around the entire perimeter of the watermark
Step 4. Click on 'Select' and then 'Remove'
Photo Stamp Remover will remove the watermark completely.
Method 2 of 4: Using Adobe Photoshop
Step 1. Launch Photoshop and open the photo you want to remove the watermark from
Step 2. Select the 'Spot Healing Brush' option from the toolbox on the left
This icon has a bandage over a white spot.
Step 3. Select the radio button next to the 'Keep content' fill option in the top toolbar
Step 4. Place the brush over your photo and press the key(s) to increase or decrease the brush size as desired
For example, if you're trying to remove a thin watermark line, you can reduce the brush size for the best precision and results.
Step 5. Use your cursor to carefully paint the brush over the watermark
Erases part of the watermark.
Step 6. Continue painting over smaller areas of the watermark until all traces are gone
For larger areas of the watermark, you can use the Lasso tool.
Step 7. Click on the 'Lasso' option in the toolbox
This icon resembles a cowboy lasso.
Step 8. Place your cursor on the edge of the watermark and drag the lasso around the watermark
Step 9. Press 'D' on your keyboard
This opens the 'Fill' options menu.
Step 10. Select 'Keep Content' from the 'Use' drop-down menu and then click 'OK'
The watermark will now be removed.
Method 3 of 4: Using Teorex's Inpaint
Step 1. Launch Inpaint and open the photo with the watermark you want to remove
You can also use the web version of Inpaint for free at
Step 2. Click on the 'Marker' tool at the top of the left toolbar
This icon contains the image of a piece of crayon being used on a piece of paper.
Step 3. Select the desired marker size in the right part of the top toolbar
For example, if you remove a small watermark or thin line, you can reduce the size of the mark for best precision.
Step 4. Drag your cursor over the entire outline of the watermark
Step 5. Click on 'Delete' in the top toolbar
Inpaint will process your image and completely remove the watermark from the photo.
Method 4 of 4: Using other methods
Step 1. Crop the watermark of your photo using your usual photo editor if the watermark is at the very top, bottom, side or corner of the photo
Cropping can usually preserve the quality of your photo without having to remove the watermark using the software programs mentioned in this article.
Step #2. Search for an unmarked version of your photo on Google Images
If the image you're using is a stock photo or a popular image, chances are you'll be able to find an unflagged version on Google Images.
Drag your photo into the search bar on Google Images at https://www.google.com/imghp, then browse for an unflagged version of your photo in the search results
Step 3. Consider searching for similar photos without watermarks on free photo sites like Flickr and FreeImages
These sites offer thousands of free photos that you can use without watermarks.