How to Remove a Date from Photos

In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove a date from a photograph. In most digital photo files, having a date printed in the bottom right-hand corner of the image is redundant. Modern digital cameras generate Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data, which records the date of which a file was taken according to the camera's clock. Most photo-editing and photo-management programs can read EXIF data, as can several free desktop and internet software utilities.

As such, a printed date is hardly useful to the majority of users. Here are four ways to remove such information. These options are sorted from least to most difficult.

Option 1 - Slashing Out the Date

Though it is somewhat amateur looking, a thick line or box may be all you need to obscure the date. This option is best exercised when the aesthetic of the finished photo is of limited importance and the printed date is incorrect.

Open a photo editor. Even MS Paint will do. Choose the brush tool and select the largest size and a neutral color. Click and drag your brush over the date and hit save.

Option 2 - Cropping the Image

A crop is a transformation of an image achieved by removing extraneous rows and columns. A crop works best when the information on the edges of the frame isn't doing anything for the image at large.

To crop an image, fire up a photo editor or just search the web for "crop image," which should find you a number of Web 2.0 image cropping sites. In your editor, find the crop icon (typically a crosshairs) and select all of the photo but the lateral or longitudinal portion that includes the offending pixels.

Option 3 - The Patch Tool

Many advanced photo editors have image patching tools that intelligently fill in flaws in photos. Often called "patch" or "smart fill," these tools will generate information based on the surrounding data.

Consult your photo editing program's help documents to see if it has such a tool. If it does, engage the selection tool, select the date on the image, and select the patch tool.

Option 4 - The Clone Stamp

Advanced photo editors will also contain a tool commonly known as the "clone stamp," which lifts information from one part of a photo and copies it to another. If the date on your photo falls on a neutral or unimportant subject, such as green vegetation, sky, or asphalt, it is not unreasonable to simply grab some similar terrain from another part of the picture and brush it on.

Activate the clone stamp, then click once to select another area of the picture that appears similar to the portion obscured by the date. Having done this, click and hold to brush that pattern onto the date stamp. If the result is not to your liking, simply select Edit > Undo and try the same technique, cloning from a different part of the image.

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