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removing watermark... for a good cause

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Long time no see... I have a rather unusual question to ask. I have lost all my pictures (as well as my house etc) in the fires in North California. Just before the fires, I had taken pictures of my neighbor's extended family (parents were visiting from India, brother and family was visiting from Australia so you can imagine it was a rare and special occasion). I had just delivered the prints and files to her when the fires happened. Moral of the story, all the pictures are gone. I am only left with the unedited, low res files that I had uploaded to the gallery for her to pick the images. I told her that all the images are gone and she is at peace with that but, now that my life is slightly less chaotic, I was wondering if I could remove the watermark on some of them, so that at least she can have some memories of her family's visit. Would there be a "smart" way to remove the watermark? See attached sample.

Moral of the story - now that my backup hard drives went in flames, backup on the cloud sounds pretty darn appealing :( 

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I'm so sorry to hear about this :(

Do you remember how you added the watermark?  I mean, did you type it manually in Photoshop, or was it done by some other program?

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I am... I thought I had posted my reply and assumed you were too busy to respond. It turns out the draft I wrote did not get posted :( Here you go...

 

 If I remember correctly it was done through the watermark feature in Lightroom (LR 5?). You will be pleased to hear that, now that I got my new computer, I finally had the guts to only reinstall PS ;) Nothing like a fire to get rid of bad habits? :)

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I am pleased to hear that, yes.

Do you still have LR installed?  I'm interested to know if we can figure out what that font is.  If we can type over the white text in black, exactly aligned, it will speed up the fix significantly.

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I can reinstall it. It will have to be a few days as things are quite busy. I will update you when I can... thanks again for checking on me.

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Actually I went ahead and downloaded it and it looks very very close but the spacing seems off a bit, and not in a predictable way. Not sure whether LR maybe was spacing the letters a tiny bit differently to cover all the surface?

 

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Oh DARN.

Anyway, I'll show you want I'd envisaged.  Once you have that black text layer, change its blend mode to "Overlay" then lower the opacity (I think somewhere between 60 and 70% might work).

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Oh, that's really interesting - I can see how it would work if I could get 100% overlap. Well, I will try to play a bit more with it. I wonder if trying to superimpose the watermark in black in LR might take care of the alignment issue. Long shot, I know. Otherwise I could try and use it selectively (letter by letter?) on the areas that are tougher to clone, such as the dress pattern. Might be more work than I was hoping to do - we'll see. Thank a lot for the idea! If I make it to get a decent result I will post it.

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No, definitely don't try it letter by letter.  That wouldn't be efficient.  If you can't get the text to line up, go straight to removing them with Content Aware Fill.

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I finally managed to install LR last night and I played a bit with it but have not been able to line up the watermark. I do have visibility of the settings and I can see if I can set up the font with the same additional shadow in PS. unfortunately life is completely crazy and I have no prediction about when I can spend some time to figure it out... on the positive side, we now have a bed to sleep in :)

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I just thought I would share my unsuccessful attempt. In lightroom, I could not quite get the size to line up and, in any case, it seemed that I could not get the black watermark to erase the white watermark. In photoshop, I could in some spots get a good level of removal, but again the pixels even in the best case would not line up perfectly. And in some spots I could not line up the text properly. I am attaching the picture of the half-baked photoshop results. I guess I will resign myself and give her the watermarked pictures :(

 

 

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I might try, but definitely can't do that for so many pictures (at least 30). and given how slowly I am moving, it will take me forever :)

Now I am glad I posted because I had given up but I think I should try and save a few.

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Before you start cloning, you should select the text layer, and go to Layer>Rasterize>Type.

This will essentially turn the layer into a dodge-and-burn layer.  Then you can paint with a small black or white brush to correct some of the misaligned edges of the type.

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