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How to Remove Watermark from Photos – 3 Best Ways

Do you watermark photos to claim and market your work, or protect it against copyright infringement? Although that is a good step to take, you may end up in a bit of a bind if you accidentally delete the clean version and have no backups.

If you find yourself in that situation, the best option left is to remove the watermark. The good news is that right here and now you will find out the three best ways to do just that, and can even learn how to get rid of watermarks on photos in other ways via the link.


Try the Clone Stamp in Photoshop

Photoshop is definitely one of the more popular editors among photographers, and it should come as no surprise that it has tools to remove watermarks. In most cases the one that you should use is the Clone Stamp.

Essentially the Clone Stamp will let you sample part of your photo and paste it over the watermark. All that you need to do is select the tool and adjust its size depending on the size of the watermark and the nature of the background behind it.

The trick is to find an area that has a similar background to the watermark. Once you do you can press ALT-click to select it, then click over the watermark.

It may take a bit of trial and error before you get it right and are able to completely get rid of the watermark. If you find it too difficult you may want to refer to how-to guides or tutorial videos.


Give PhotoWorks’ Intuitive Healing Brush a Whirl

If you want an easier option to remove watermarks, you should give PhotoWorks a try. It is an editor that is known for its intuitive approach, as you should be able to see when you give its Healing Brush a whirl.

The Healing Brush can be found under the Retouch tab, and you can remove watermarks with it simply by painting over them. The settings in the side panel will let you adjust the size of the brush to make it easier to precisely paint over the watermark area.

If necessary you could adjust the opacity and feather options to control the Healing Brush more precisely.

It should be noted that while the Healing Brush is an easy tool to work with, it is best used on small watermarks that are set against relatively plain backgrounds. The more complex the background is, the more difficult it will be to cleanly remove the watermark.

Aside from the Healing Brush there are other ways to remove watermarks in PhotoWorks as well. For example if the watermark is near the edge of the photo it may be a better option to crop it out instead. Alternatively you could even conceal a watermark by placing a new one on top of it.


 Use the Webinpaint Online Editor

Rather than installing a photo editor just to remove a single watermark, a more convenient option may be to take advantage of a web-based editor – such as Webinpaint.

To use it all you need to do is upload the photo that you want to edit via the website. After that you can use the Marker tool to paint over the watermark, then click on the Erase button to get rid of it.

Although in practice this option is just as easy as the Healing Brush, its results are generally not as good. However for removing small watermarks on plain backgrounds it should do the trick, but the final product may not be perfect.

Additionally being an online editor it will not automatically save your work in progress. Simply put if anything goes wrong you may have to start from scratch.



Seeing as you now know the three best ways to remove watermarks, why not give each one a go? If you just want to remove a single watermark then you could start with the Webinpaint online editor.

However if you’re a photographer, being able to use a proper editing software is definitely necessary. To that end you should give PhotoWorks a try, as its intuitive approach will make removing watermarks and editing your photos in other ways a piece of cake.




Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.