Removing watermarks from images

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by FadeToBlack, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    I always see a lot of cool desktops on MacDesktops and other places and a lot of them have watermarks on them and I was wondering how I could remove them in an image editing app? I have Graphic Converter. Thanks in advance.
  2. retasi macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2005
    The whole point of a watermark is to acknowledge the creator and it cant be removed so no.
  3. FadeToBlack thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    Yeah, I know the purpose of them, but the images look so much better without them. :D

    It's not like I'd be reposting them somewhere and claiming them as mine or something. No ill intentions here.
  4. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    If I was the creator of the image in question, I'd remove the watermark for you myself. And then you could buy it from me.
  5. FadeToBlack thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    Wow, I see this is a pretty sensitive topic. I never really figured it was that big of a deal. Mods, feel free to delete this thread.

    EDIT: I noticed that most of the desktops on MacDesktops have the watermark where the Menu Bar is, so it isn't even visible. That's really cool and if I would have noticed before, I wouldn't have even considered removing them.
  6. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Don't get too upset about the replies, I don't suppose many people are all that bothered about an image being used to adorn your own desktop. But, having acknowledged that there are some good desktop image designers out there, why not be inspired by them to create your own? Then you won't have a watermark to worry about, and imagine the satisfaction when someone asks where you got 'that cool desktop' from.
    BTW, if you'd have asked how to remove, say, a telegraph pole from a landscape scene, I'd have suggested the clone stamp tool in Photoshop as quick as a flash..........
  7. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I'll give you a real answer.

    I don't think you can do it in Graphic Converter. You would need a more sophisticated graphic editing program such as Photoshop. In Photoshop, you could try and use the clone tool.

    However, if it's just a solid color, you could just cut that part of the layer out, use the eye dropper to copy the color, and fill it in the square you removed. I doubt they would put it on a solid color though...

    If it's a type of pattern, you could select a small part without the watermark, create a new layer (copy, not cut) and then drag the new layer over the watermarked area and flatten the two layers together.

    Perhaps if you give me an example of a watermark, I can give you a better answer.

    Knowing how to remove a watermark isn't illegal or bad....doing it is. :cool:
  8. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    I'm thinking that this watermark spans throughout the center of the image, correct? Otherwise just crop it out if it's on the bottom, top or sides and stretch the image to fit your desktop.

    If it does span the majority of the image I don't think it would be worth your time to go through and try and remove it. Some will argue against this but you might just want to try emailing the creator and asking for a lower-res version without the watermark. Good luck. :D
  9. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Lets see it. Might help.
    If it's an image for sale, as long as it's not used for commercial purposes (that is, privately) you can take any image or photo and do what you want with it. For instance, I can take a stock photo of Ann Coulter and make her a human. Tricky, and not worth the effort, but you get the point.
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    on their normally on top and the menu bar hides it...
    But if you photoshop ( i use elements) you can use the healing brush and it works pretty good.
    here's an example... it works better on lighter colors

    Attached Files:

  11. FadeToBlack thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    Yeah, I was talking about on MacDesktops and the Menu Bar hides the watermark, so I'm not really worried about removing it. I can understand why whoever made the image would want the watermark on there. I just didn't think about it when I posted this thread.
  12. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    You can remove certain types of watermarks to a degree. However that been said its time consuming and you have to have a great eye and patience in order to pull it off. :)
  13. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I thought you were talking about digital signature watermarks, which, fortunately and unfortunately, are extremely difficult to remove....I find a combination of the clone tool, the healing brush, and a bit of smudging can get rid of ugly wallpaper watermarks pretty effectively.
  14. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I almost always do my retouching on a separate layer, sometimes on more than one. Non-destructive, that way. :)
  15. bobsbarricades macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    can I get in on this thread?

    I have an image that a photographer took of me playing paintball. I just want to remove the watermark. for myself. is this bad? how can I do it? I don't have photoshop, but can use any cool programs?
  16. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    No you can't is the simple answer! The photographer holds the rights to that photo not you!
  17. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    This is a 7 year old thread....

    As for the watermark, call the photographer and ask him if you can have a copy without the watermark.
  18. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Yeah, he might give you a copy of the photo without watermark if you pay his rent or buy a bag of groceries for his family.
  19. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Or you tell him he no longer has the right to use your image for any photos....

    If he asks, he may likely simply give it to him.
  20. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
    That would be a crime.
  21. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    A lot depends on the circumstances. If you were playing in a facility, and you signed any kind of paperwork (I'd be surprised if you didn't have to sign a waiver, for instance) as part of getting in then it's possible you may have also signed a model release. This simply means that the photographer/facility is now free to use the image of you in any number of ways (promo, selling cards and posters, etc depending on what was included on the model release). In this case it's likely that the photographer will want to be paid for an unwatermarked copy. Unless they are making a $mint out of selling posters of you doing a massive bellyflop into the mud, in which case they will likely be feeling generous.

    If there was no model release signed, then it's probable (depending on where you live - slightly different laws in different countries) that they can't use your image in any "commercial" way - that is to sell a product or service, or as a card or poster. In this scenario there are two probabilities.

    1) The photographer knows what they are doing, and makes their money from selling customers like you a copy of themselves doing paintball things. Pay up, and be happy - because you aren't going to get an unwatermarked image from the photographer without paying. And honestly, this is their job and to try and circumvent their copy protection is analogous to stealing from them. If you like the photo, be happy that someone with a decent camera who knew how to use it was in the right place at the right time. This is their job and it would be respectful to pay them. In all likelihood the facility is not paying them to be there, they only earn what they can sell.

    2) The photographer doesn't know what they are doing, is worried (or should be worried) about infringing on privacy rights and will give you the photo to just make you go away.
  22. Leetut macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    so has anyone found a way to auto-remove watermarks?
    just see lots of comments of bla bla here and no solution
    im already using the clone stamp tool but doing 500 wedding photos is a nightmare!
    and the (greedy) photographer has already took one and a half THOUSAND POUNDS!!!!!!! off me for an album and a few photos, so dont even go there lol
    and the digital watermarked photos are only approx 600x400 its not as if i have the original 18 mega pixel images

    if i was a photographer you could have all your masters for free after i'd fleeced 1500quid out of you

    it would have been cheaper to pay a burgler to steal his hard drive!!!
  23. R1PPER macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2008
    In a world a infinite wallpapers...why dont you just google wallpaper + whatever your search critia is and use a wallpaper that doesn't have crap all over it.
  24. Dambuster43 macrumors member

    May 20, 2013
    The images will have terms and conditions tagged to them...possibly in the meta tags within the image data....what you suggest is tantamount to theft. Do you take things from shops without paying?
    Do you fill your petrol tank, and drive away without paying.....I guess your answer is why ask others for ways to help you steal somebodies work.
  25. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Unfortunately it's a stupid question. It's just embedded raster data. The program doesn't even have a way of telling precisely what existed behind that watermark. As for the photographer, policies vary. I wish you found one whose policies aligned with your interests.

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