How to remove the timestamp from a photo in PhotoShop

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How to remove the timestamp from a photo in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to remove the timestamp from a photo in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

For this tutorial, we will open the Layers palette

If desired, you can click and drag the palette to undock it and move it to a more convenient location

First, we will copy the portion of the image we will be working on so we have a back-up to revert to

1) Select the lasso tool

2) Click and drag in the image to create a circle around the timestamp. Give plenty of extra room

3) Press CTRL + J to create a new layer from the selection

4) Now, select the zoom tool

5) Click and drag an area to zoom

There are several useful tools for removing timestamps. The first we will learn how to use is the spot healing brush

6) Select this tool from the toolbar

The Spot Healing Brush can edit out parts of an image using the surrounding pixels. This tool is only available in Photoshop CS2 and later

7) Click on a spot over the timestamp

The part of the timestamp we clicked on has been edited out nicely. However, this tool cannot be used in all circumstances

Let’s try another area

8) As you can see, this isn’t the ideal tool to use for an area that varies so greatly in color. Press CTRL + Z to undo

Now, we will learn how to use the Healing Brush Tool. This tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush except we can select a source for it to use the colors from

9) Right click on the Spot Healing Brush

10) Select the Healing Brush

11) To select the source, hold down the ALT key and click on a part of the image that is similar in color

12) Now click on the timestamp

With a source of the proper color, Photoshop was able to erase that part of the timestamp

The next tool we’ll learn is the Patch Tool

13) Right click the Healing Brush

14) Select the Patch Tool

15) Click and drag in the image to create a selection

16) Now, click and drag the selection to another part of the image that has similar colors

17) Continue erasing the timestamp using any combination of the 3 tools

When you are finished, you should have a nearly perfect image. Now, we will learn some techniques to touch it up more

First, we’ll use the sponge tool which will be used to remove the purple hue from what should be a gray rock

18) Select the Sponge Tool

19) Choose whether you want to saturate or desaturate. In this case, we will use the latter

20) Click and drag in the image to desaturate the pixels

Notice that the rock is now closer to gray

There’s still a little residual yellow left over from the timestamp. So, the last tool we’ll use is the Clone Stamp

21) Select this tool

22) ALT + click to select the source

23) Now, click on any remaining timestamp color

All the yellow text has been erased. We’ll zoom out to see the results

24) Select the Zoom Tool

25) Click Actual Pixels

The image looks as if the timestamp never existed!

26) The last thing we’ll do is press CTRL + E to merge the layers back together

That’s it! You now know how to remove the timestamp from a photo in Photoshop

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