How can I remove text from an image?

I have the following image with written text over it. The image is a flat .jpeg, so I don’t have access to the layers:

How can I remove text from an image?
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As you can see, the written text (“SPACE”) is quite big.

My question is: are there any effects/anything I can do in order to remove the text and still keep the background? Or at least hide it a little bit more?


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Method 1

Of course!

Content-aware fill is your best friend in this case.

Just make a selection around the word and go Edit -> Fill -> Content-Aware.

This usually does a pretty good job:

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Then you can either go back over it multiple times (maybe in smaller sections) with Content-Aware fill to clean it up, or you can play with the Spot Healing Brush Tool (J) or the Clone Stamp Tool (s).

Method 2

Heal selection with Gimp

For people who work with Gimp there is the plugin Resynthesize together with the Python script Heal Selection. On Linux the plugin comes with the package gimp-plugin-registry.

  1. Select an area to remove from the image.
  2. Choose Filters – Enhance – Heal Selection.

    How can I remove text from an image?

  3. Adjust the pixel width (here 300), region (here all around), and fill pattern (here random) to resynthesize the selected area from it’s surrounding.

The processing takes some time but the plugin does it’s job extremely well. Depending on the background structure (and our settings of course) we may not even need any postprocessing:

How can I remove text from an image?

I mostly use this tool to remove unwanted items or people from photos.

How can I remove text from an image?
How can I remove text from an image?
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Method 3


Here I made a Clipping Path first. Then Photoshop will work magic through Content-Aware Fill.

Check the tutorial; you are going to learn how do I remove it.

How can I remove text from an image?

How can I remove text from an image?

All methods was sourced from or, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

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