Apr 13, 2017

How to Remove Logos and Branding in Photoshop

How to Remove Logos and Branding in Photoshop

Logos and branding can be a distracting element in photos. Also, clients may want logos removed in their images before publishing.

Stock Image websites won’t accept images with logos in them, forcing you to remove logos in photos.

Learn how to remove logos and branding in this episode!

How to Remove Logos (Simple)

If the logo you want to remove is surrounded by a simple background, the best tool for the job is the Spot Healing Brush Tool.

In this example we remove the branding on the truck by created a new layer, selecting the Spot Healing Brush Tool, checking the “Sample all Layers” box on the top of the screen and painting over the logo.

If you find that the edges need a bit of cleanup, this is where the Clone Stamp Tool comes in. Create a new layer, select the Clone Stamp Tool and check “Sample All Layers” or “Sample Current and Below”. Next, open the “Clone Source” window by going to “Window-Clone Source” and be sure to check “Show Overlay” to see a preview of the Clone Stamp Area.

Hold ALT/OPTN + CLICK on the area you want to sample. Then paint over the area you would like to cover. Be sure to line up edges via the preview before painting.

How to Remove Logos (Advanced)

If you want to remove a logo that is placed on a more complex area of your image, be sure to create a selection first.

In this example, both the bottom and the left edge of the truck need to be maintained while removing the logo.

Start by selecting the Polygonal Lasso Tool and create a selection around the edge of the logo. The edge of the selection will be “Hard Edged” and needs to be softened if it is to blend into the rest of the image.

To soften the edge, go to “Select-Select and Mask.” If you are using an older version of Photoshop, this will be called “Refine Edge.”

Change the view settings so you can see the edge in comparison with the rest of the image. Adjust the “Feathering” until the edge of the selection matches the edge of the photo.

After making the selection, you are ready to remove the logo. In this example, we use the brush tool and sample the color of the truck and simply paint over the logo. If this logo is on a more complex background, consider using the Clone Stamp Tool.

In this example, the logo is so close to a surface that it must be removed in two steps. After removing the main area, there is some logo that remains visible outside of the selection.

Inverse the selection by going to “Select-Inverse” or pressing “CTRL/CMD + I.”

After inversing the selection, use the same technique to paint outside of the selection to remove the rest of the logo and maintain a straight edge.

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  • user image

    I put my Logo on my work for a purpose. That helps the ones that don’t know your secrets to leave my image in tacked …… You have a great day teaching piracy ….

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    Beth Herzhaft

    Also, removing branding and logos is very good for people who want to steal photographers photos which is already a rampant problem.

    Couldn’t you think of something other than this topic? It’s already hard enough out there to keep our images from being stolen!

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      A logo is not a watermark genius and there are hundreds of tutorials already showing how to do this. Use your head. Also any decent photog doesn’t pate a garbage logo on their work in the first place. All you idiots STOP using watermarks they are pointless and take away from the work.

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    Thank you, Aaron. Excellent demonstration and I enjoyed seeing the how close a professional retoucher looks to be sure it is well done. Have a great day, Rick.

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    Robert Appel

    One thing I have noticed about the Spot Healing tool is that the direction of the brush strokes relative to an edge, greatly affects the way the tool analyzes the surrounding picture for building the content-aware fill. Specifically, if deleting something like the truck logo at the model’s arm, if the motion of the spot healing brush is back and forth perpendicular to the edge of the arm, rather than “swirly” or parallel with the edge, the Spot Healing tool is more likely to “see” the edge of the arm (and other elements parallel to the arm) as something to not change. Also, stopping the brush strokes “barely” over the transition edge of the truck and the arm also help. Like Aaron said, the Spot Healing brush is not perfect, but I’ve found that this technique has made it more usable for me. Hope this helps someone.

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    Randy Morgan

    That’s a Custom Cab emblem on a mid 1960s–1970s Chevrolet 1/2 ton pick up truck 🙂

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    I just love your tutorials. No silly jokes, no wasting time but useful stuff. In addition, you don’t flood my email with daily offers.
    I know that’s a silly comment, but I think you deserve some recognition.

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    Vincent Ciro

    Absolutely fantastic and VERY informative. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Why are you teaching people how to break the law & steal other photographers hard work? This is so wrong & you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    David Hidding

    I can’t think of a single instance where the copyright holder of an image would need to remove their logo from an image since they already have the original. It seems to me that this tutorial is aimed at teaching non copyright holders how to steal images. I’m really surprised that you put this out there Aaron.

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      David Hidding

      Now that I watched it, I see I jumped to an incorrect conclusion – sorry about that…still, the heading comes across just as I interpreted it.

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    Thank you for providing the general public the mean and methodology for jacking the photographs from hard working photographers….

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    If you use the brush tool to paint in the sign it loses the texture. Is that not a problem?

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    For the last method, I don’t feel sampling a local colour from various areas and brushing that colour on provides an authentic result. It lacks texture and noise which the surrounding pixels have. What would you suggest to further improve this selection?

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    Niamthai Innocent Gangmei

    How do I adjust these photos to the best possible good-looking photo? I mean how do I adjust the color and the skin tone and the haziness? Please show me the tutorial with one of these photos. Thank you.

    Photoshop Tutorials: How to Remove Logos and Branding in Photoshop

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      Mark Cayunda

      Yes, a lot of people also asking me how to make old photo into a newer and even better one. I’m still hoping that Aaron may do some tutorial like that.