How to Remove a Watermark in Photoshop

How To Remove A Watermark in Photoshop

The topic of watermarking is and will probably remain up for debate for quite a long time. Some, seeking to protect and at the same time market their work, do watermark their pictures. Others, considering all it does is cause distraction from the image itself, refuse to apply it.

In one of our previous tutorials, we’ve showed you how to add a watermark in Photoshop. Today, in this new tutorial we are going to show you how to remove a watermark using Adobe’s software. When and if you feel the need to get rid of that identification mark, it’s important to know that there are several methods you can employ in order to accomplish your goal.

Ideally it would be to restore the original image, but if you don’t have it, the first and most basic way to remove a watermark is to use the Crop tool. All you have to do is to simply crop out that specific area of the image, but this is not the best option possible since you can risk losing some important data in the process.

Remove Watermarks with Content Aware Fill

Another method is to take advantage of the Content Aware Fill feature. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1

Open the image in Photoshop. Next make a selection around the text or logo watermark. You can do this using several tools, either the Pen tool, the Quick Selection tool or the Magic Wand one. Regardless of which tool you opt for, the selection around the watermark should look like this:

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

Step 2

In this step we are going to make minor adjustments to the selected area, more precisely expanding it in order to incorporate some background pixels. Go to Select > Modify > Expand. In the newly opened dialog box, expand the selection by the number of pixels you want and hit the OK button.

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

How To Remove A Watermark in Photoshop

Step 3

Now let’s take advantage of the Content Aware Fill feature and its capabilities to remove objects from an image.

Go to Edit > Fill. In the Fill dialog box that just popped up, select Content Aware in the Contents section, leave Color Adaptation unchecked, set the Mode to Normal and the Opacity to 100% and click on the OK button.

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

This is how your picture should look like after applying the Content-Aware option:

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

Step 4

Deselect the selection by pressing Ctrl+D on your keyboard. Now you’ll probably notice that the area where the watermark used to be is filled with the background color. But the outline of the watermark is still visible and we need to remove it too.

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

Step 5

In order to remove the text outline we are going to resort to the Clone Stamp Tool, so select it from the left side toolbar (or just press S). Next hold down the “Alt” key (notice that the cursor turns into a target) and begin taking samples around the watermark. Now you can retouch the picture by clicking and dragging the cursor over the watermark’s outline area. Stop when there are no more traces of the original watermark left.

Use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush Tools

Another way to remove watermark from photos is to resort to other post-processing tools, like the Clone Stamp and the Healing Brush. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1

Open the photo you want to edit in Photoshop and grab the Clone Stamp tool from the left side toolbar. Once you’ve selected it, make sure to set the brush size and the hardness to match your retouching needs by right clicking on the image.

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

Step 2

Position the cursor in the area where the watermark is placed. Next hold the “Alt” key on your keyboard (the cursor will become a target) and click on the area where you want to extract the pixels from, near the watermark.

Step 3

Once you’ve finished taking samples, release the “Alt” key. Next hold down the left mouse button and begin painting over the watermark.

How To Remove A Watermark In Photoshop

Step 4

Select the Healing Brush tool from the left side toolbar, used for removing marks or clearing up various spots and traces. Now right click on the image and choose the suitable settings for the brush size and hardness.

Step 5

This is the step where you begin the healing. Hold down your “Alt” key and take samples from an area around the original watermark. Next start painting with small clicks until all the traces of the watermark are gone.


Disclaimer: Bits&Coffee does not encourage users to steal the original work of photographers by removing text or logo watermarks from images. This blog post is simply taking advantage of Photoshop’s post-processing tools built to remove various objects and information from photos. 

How to Add a Watermark in Photoshop


In this modern era, where plagiarism has spread like wildfire, applying a watermark is essential in order to protect your images from unauthorized use. Moreover, it is a way for you, as a professional or amateur photographer, to get proper credit for your work.

To create a watermark in Photoshop is far from being a complicated process. On the contrary, it is quite easy to do and takes up very little of your time. Adobe’s software places at our disposal multiple ways of adding a watermark to our images and in this particular tutorial we’re going to take a closer look at two of these popular methods.

1. Create a text layer

The first and most basic method involves creating a simple text layer. This is how to do it:

Step 1 – Type your text

Open the image you want to watermark in Photoshop. Select the Text tool and begin typing your text. It can be anything you want, from your name, your company’s name to the address of your personal website.

Step 2 – Adjust the font and the placement

Once you’ve entered the text, you can begin playing around with the font type, size or color. Try various options until you find the right combination. Then decide where you want to position the watermark. The recommended alternative is to put it in a place where it doesn’t obscure your main image, like the lower right corner for instance.

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Step 3 – Apply special effects

In case you want to give your watermark an interesting look, you can play around with the Blending Options. You can apply the Bevel & Emboss effect for a more 3D appearance, drop a shadow, outer/inner glow, add a stroke and many more. This is the fun part of the process, because you have the possibility to try out as many looks as you want for your watermark. Just tweak those options until you’re entirely satisfied, there are no restrictions.

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Step 4 – Adjust the opacity

If you’re aiming for a discreet watermark as most do, then it’s best to make certain corrections like tweaking the opacity. This will make your text watermark less prominent, allowing the viewer to focus on the photo itself. So lower the opacity level until you finally achieve the aspect you want.

2. Create a watermark brush

The second method you can resort to in order to add copyright to photo involves using the Brush tool. This one will actually simplify your work, as you won’t have to follow the previous steps every time you wish to watermark your photos.

Step 1 – Create a new document

To open a new document go to File > New. A new window will pop up with a couple of options you need to pay attention to.

Give it a descriptive name like Watermark for instance. Now the most important thing is to ensure your fresh document has a transparent background, so select Transparent in the Background Contents section of the window.  Choose the size you want, let’s say 800 x 600 pixels, and hit the OK button.

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Step 2 – Enter your text

This step is pretty self-explanatory. All you have to do is select the Type tool and enter the text you wish to use a watermark.

Step 3 –  Set it up as you want

In this step you can get creative and customize your Photoshop watermark to your liking. Choose the font, size or color according to your taste. Apply special effects like Bevel & Emboss, drop a shadow or two, add inner or outer glow, the possibilities are numerous.

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Step 4 – Trim the image

Once you’ve established the final format of your text, you need to reduce the image to its size. To do this go to Image > Trim and then check Transparent Pixels.

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Step 5 – Turn it into a brush

In order to turn our image into a brush, we need to go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Set a relevant name for your newly-created brush and press OK.

Step 6 – Select the new brush

Open in Photoshop the picture you wish to watermark and create a new layer by clicking on the “new layer” icon located in the lower right panel. Now select the Brush tool and go to the Brush Preset menu bar. Scroll to the bottom where you’ll be able to find the brush you recently created.

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Step 7 – Apply the watermark to the image

Before adding the watermark, make some final adjustments. Set the color of your brush with the aid of the color picker and adjust the brush opacity to your liking. Now, once everything is set in order, you can apply it to the image.

How to Batch Watermark in Photoshop CS6

How to Batch Watermark in Photoshop CS6

Adding a watermark to an image is a step that shouldn’t be overlooked. First of all, because it can protect your authentic images from being illegally used by others. Second of all, because it can become a powerful marketing tool that may drive traffic to your website and bring new clients.

How to add a watermark to multiple images

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to watermark an entire folder of photos at once. This way you can save a considerable amount of time and implicitly improve your productivity.

Step 1 – Open image

The first thing you have to do is open one of the images in the selected folder. In order to do this go to File -> Open and select the image.

Step 2 – Begin recording a new action

For our next step we have to use the Actions panel provided by Photoshop. Basically we are going to tell the software to record all the actions we carry out from now on and reproduce them later on.

These are the steps you need to follow: go to Window -> Actions, click the “Create new Action” button, give it a proper name, in our particular case “Watermark”, and hit “Record”.

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Step 3 – Create your watermark

This is the step where you choose which type of watermark you want to use and where to place it. If you’re using a copyright notice, it’s advisable to position it in the lower right corner. This way it will be less obtrusive and it will not cause distraction from the image.

Select the Horizontal Type Tool and begin typing the name of your watermark. It can be your name, the name of your website or anything else you wish. Then change its appearance to your liking by playing around with the font, size, color or level of opacity.

Step 4 – Apply effects to your text watermark

If you want to make your watermark stand out, Photoshop gives you the possibility to apply certain effects. For that you need to click on “fx” on the lower right panel and then Blending Options. Here you can play around with Bevel & Emboss to add highlights and shadows, add a stroke, inner/outer glow and many more. Of course, this step is completely optional and depends on each user’s individual preferences.

How to Batch Watermark in Photoshop CS6

Step 5 – Place your watermark

This following step is very important, because it will make sure the watermark you apply on the initial image will maintain its position on all processed photos from your selected folder. Here’s what you have to do: in the Layers tab on the bottom right of your screen select both the image and text layer by hitting Ctrl+Click.

Now take a look at the main toolbar and you’ll see that the Arrange buttons are now clickable. Click the “Align right edges” button and then the “Align bottom edges” one. As an alternative, you can go to Layer -> Align -> Right Edges, then Layer -> Align -> Bottom Edges. Regardless of the method you choose, it will position the watermark in the the lower right-hand edge.

In case you feel it got too stuck to the edge, you can opt for a little padding. In order to do that, select only the Text layer and then, using your arrow keys, move it to the left or up until you find a position that suits your taste.

How to Batch Watermark in Photoshop CS6

Step 6 – Stop recording

Once you’re done, you go again to the Actions panel and hit the square button that says “Stop Recording”. At this point you can close the initial photo, as you would be needing it anymore.

Step 7 – Begin batch processing

Now all there’s left to do is automate this process for our entire folder.

Go to File -> Scripts -> Image Processors. Select the Folder you want to process, as well as the folder where to save the processed images. Save them as JPEG and choose the quality you want. Make sure that in the Preferences section “Run action” is ticked, select the action you want to perform (we named it Watermark at the beginning) and hit Run.

How to Batch Watermark in Photoshop CS6

Once Photoshop has finished, you can go to the destination folder where you saved your photos and find them all watermarked.