How to Remove Watermarks from a Professional Portrait

You have spent a great deal of time shooting a professional portrait for a client and you are happy with the outcome. Your client leaves your shooting location and you begin to edit the photos, readying them for print. You have a favorite portrait in mind and you bring it up on your computer. Alas, you find an embedded watermark on the portrait. Something must have splashed on your lens. You cannot simply ask your clients to come back for another shoot, and you doubt you could shoot the same photo again. If this sounds like a situation you have run into before, you are not alone. The good news is, with a simple photo editing software, you can easily remove these watermarks from the portrait and deliver a work of art to your clients. Here we go!

Materials and Tools You Will Need

·     Portrait, digitally (preferably in RAW format)

·     Computer

·     Photo Editing Software

Step 1 - Open the Portrait

Download your portrait file to your computer through a USB or SD card connection. Save the portrait file to your hard drive. Preferably, save the RAW file of your portrait because it will give you the greatest amount of flexibility to remove the watermarks. Open your portrait file in your photo editing software. The most popular are Corel Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop.

Step 2 - Isolate the Watermarks

Find the watermark on your portrait and isolate it within view. Then, using your photo editing software zoom in as close as you can to the water mark.

Step 3 - Removing the Watermark

Remove the watermark carefully. You should have zoomed in enough to see the watermark and some of the background. Using a tool on your photo editing software, point to the background color and ask the software to match it up. Taking a painting brush in your photo editing software, select the background color, just matched by the program and begin to paint or recolor in the sections of the watermark that correspond to the background color. Add additional blur to blend the colors together appropriately.

Hopefully your watermark is in a spot where the background is the same color. If it is not, you will need to repeat this step until you have restored the background colors, hidden or illuminated in the foreground by your watermark.

Step 4 - Print the Portrait

Once you are satisfied with the way your portrait looks, save it as a new file. Never over-write the original photographed portrait file. Print the portrait out on the appropriately sized paper. Do not use regular copy paper. It is best to use a photo paper with a glossy finish. Once printed, check the portrait to see if the spots have been removed. If you are satisfied with the updates, then send the portrait off to print. Otherwise, resume working in the photo editing software to continue recoloring and adding additional soft effects to the watermarked sections you are looking to cover up.

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