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How to remove text from pictures and images


So why do you want to remove text from images anyway? Don't be stealing images!

A lot of times, artists will add text over an image called a watermark to make it more difficult to use that image without permission. We'll just say that your brother added obscene text to a picture of your boyfriend and you want to remove it.

If the image wasn't saved in a format that preserved the separate layers, allowing you to select the text layer and delete it easily, then there's no such simple way to rid the image of unwanted text. You're going to have to put some work into it. For this Hub, I'm assuming you're going to use Photoshop or another image editing program with similar functions and options.

Hopefully it's not a complicated image. For instance, a symmetrical image isn't too hard to remove the text from, so you can try cutting and pasting. You can copy the top half without the text, paste it, then rotate it 180 degrees and align it with the real top half, over the bottom half with the text.

Another way to make one part of an image look like another part is to use the clone tool, which lets you choose an area you want to copy and then use a sort of brush to paint over another area to look like the part you selected. It's easy and more flexible than cutting and pasting whole blocks of an image.

You can also try to use the paint tool to paint right over the text with the colors you want. This can be hard if the text is over a complex part of an image, such as a gradient. See how the glow of the sun softens into the rays in the image I included? It would be hard to paint over the text at that spot. The clone tool or cutting-and-pasting might be more effective in such a case, though it's possible.

If you don't need the image beneath the text to look just like it did without the text, and you just want the words out of the image, then you can use the smudge tool or another blurring technique to just blur the words out.

Hopefully you can just fill in the letters with a certain color to blend into the rest of the image.

The transparency tool may also help; you can select the letters using a wand, then try to adjust the transparency so the letters will be come more and more opaque and hopefully disappear.

Additional Resources

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  • How to Remove Text from a Photo in Photoshop: 14 steps
    How to Remove Text from a Photo in Photoshop. Do you have a great photo or image that is ruined by unnecessary text? This article will show you how remove text from a photo in Photoshop using either content-aware fill for CS5 or later or...


Andrew from Rep Boston MA on July 14, 2014:

Also if the text is in a background that looks similar (like grass for example) selecting the text and using the fill command and selecting content aware fill will also quickly try to fill pixels in with surrounding textures/colors.


Mrinal Saha from Jaipur,India on July 10, 2013:

It would be great if you had used pics or video for demonstration, I wan't able to understand it,.. but i really want to,,

synapse1 on September 25, 2012:

You can remove watermark or text using Inpaint

Luis Crespo. on January 23, 2012:

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I'mnot stealing images, or I did was to download a trial software to recover my pictures from my hard disck and when it was recovered it has this letters of the company, trial version.

demo on September 28, 2011:

It's not any help for me

Hamza on June 20, 2010:

to use the clone tool yu have to donwload photoshop

save my system from United Kingdom - London on May 06, 2010:

Very helpful hub. You can edit text from photo shop software, instead you are having good knowledge of its working. Clone tool is seem to be effective. But I wants to know more about its working process.

wawa on May 06, 2010:

from where can i download the "clone tool" ??

somebody post a link please..

Baiibee Effy on April 15, 2010:

Ii Doont Understand This Stuff And It Didn't Really Give Me The Help I Needed :(

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on November 29, 2009:

Thanks, funanku! That's definitely something I could use, especially when using my camera at important events...

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on July 12, 2008:

Good call, weblog. Thanks everyone!

weblog from 1India on July 11, 2008:

Text printed on photos have a name, that is WATERMARK. I think you can mention it in the article and also add it as tag.

Finance Chick 911 from New York City on July 08, 2008:

this is great! i love these tricks -- interesting topic to write about =)

balaji153 from Chennai,India on July 08, 2008:

Thank you! really helpful

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on July 07, 2008:

Good helpful hub, with lots of ideas. Personally I love the clone tool. Works wonders especially if you want to make a tree look like it is loaded with plums or birds. etc. Thanks for sharing

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