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Easiest way to get watermark of downloaded picture for my Avatar.

Asked by Salem88 (808points) April 30th, 2012

Sad to say I’m not a wizard like most of you. About to throw my Asus Transformer Prime against my old laptop running Windows XP. Reg. Google browser, not chrome. Should I try to send it JPEG or other format.

Watermarks, who would have guessed, robbed me of an afternoon and won….sigh

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ragingloli's avatar

if it is transparent you could mask it and adjusting levels and saturation in photoshop

annewilliams5's avatar

How about just going back to the artist and asking if you can? I live in a household of artists, and I wouldn’t want my artwork just taken without permission.

Salem88's avatar

@ragingloli – it’s from an old classic movie still. Tried adjusting levels of contrast and brightness because it’s black and white film. Didn’t work. Will try to mask it first. Thank you.

Fly's avatar

I have done this several times before in MS Paint (I actually made my current avatar on MS Paint). It’s tedious, but it’s doable in any paint program. I zoom in very closely and use the color dropper to select specific colors, and I then blend the watermark over with the appropriate colors. On a black and white still, I imagine that this wouldn’t be too difficult. I’m sure that there are much more efficient and sophisticated ways to do this, but this method has always worked well for me. :)

blueiiznh's avatar

It is not easy to remove the watermark for this very reason.

Pay the money for the clear version if it means that much to you.

Salem88's avatar

@blueiiznh – I….I….I will Sir. And thank you ever so much for letting me live -gulp. You won’t regret it.as she backs out of the room .

blueiiznh's avatar

@Salem88 no offense meant. was not meant to feel harse. just giving you the easiest way

Nullo's avatar

Download GIMP (unless you already have something like it), then get handy with the Clone tool until you’re happy with it. B&W may be a blessing here; trying to match color can be a pain.

Salem88's avatar

SUCCESS! Thank you @blueiiznh for the PM’s. It was fun but finally just searched the web till I found one that didn’t have a watermark. haha
@Nullo – I had downloaded a similar program but wasn’t going to pay $40 to activate it or whatever they called it for just one picture. Thank you for help.
@Fly – that was my original thought, but knew I’d go “Arrrggg!”
@annewilliams5 – as you can see it’s not art persay. Would never rip off an artist. See my A on Copyright Q from today.
@ragingloli – Going to keep practicing your suggestion. Got good results with other pictures, but the Scout picture I downloaded the first time was very well protected. They wanted their money for sure. After I gave up, the thought hit me, “Just search on Web for another source”. Once again, thank you.

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