- Crop or retouch an image to remove distracting dates
- Losing dates
- Remove date by cropping image
- Delete a date by blocking it
- Delete date with rubber stamp or clone tool
- Delete date with recovery or recovery tool (Photoshop)
- Remove Date with Alien Skin Image Plugin Doctor 2 Smart Fill
Crop or retouch an image to remove distracting dates
Some photo printing suppliers stamp dates directly on photos, but this practice detracts from the image. A nice thing about digital cameras is that they automatically embed the date in the metadata stored in the file, so you don’t have to print the date directly on the image.
If you scan an image that has a date printed on it, you have several options for removing it.
Use a healing brush
Use the Smart Fill plugin
Remove date by cropping image
Cropping is an easy fix, but it’s not always perfect, as in the case of this photo, where the subject’s hind legs and part of the subject’s tail have been cropped from behind the image.
Delete a date by blocking it
Make a rectangular selection around the date and fill it with a solid color similar to the background. Blur the edges of the selection to blend in with the environment. Blocking is another easy fix, but it’s not without its problems. However, the result is much less sharp than the bright yellow date in the original image.
Delete date with rubber stamp or clone tool
Most photo editing programs have a Stamp or Clone tool that can work well for removing a date from a photo, especially if the date is over a solidly textured area of the photo. In the case of this photo, the variety of background textures makes cloning a tedious task. While cloning isn’t apparent when the image is viewed at 100 percent, it does appear at higher magnifications.
Delete date with recovery or recovery tool (Photoshop)
Photoshop offers a fixing tool and a healing brush that quickly repairs blemishes while preserving the surrounding background texture. Photoshop Elements has similar tools, the Spot Heal tool and the Heal brush.
Select the yellow date digits with the magic wand and enlarge the selection by one pixel. Use Photoshop’s Patch tool. The results in the top half of the image are pretty good after just the repair tool, but the line between the fridge and the floor is a little jagged. The bottom half of the preview image shows the edge cleaning results. This was done with one gentle swipe using the clone tool. The overall results may not be perfect, but they are pretty good.
Remove Date with Alien Skin Image Plugin Doctor 2 Smart Fill
Smart Fill is a third-party filter plug-in for Photoshop from the Alien Skin Image Doctor 2 collection. For this particular image, it gives the best results of all. For this example, start by selecting the date with the magic wand, then use the Smart Fill filter with the following settings:
Expand selection: 1
Texture element size: 8.15″
Texture regularity: High
With this filter, the results are much less noticeable than with any other method, but it was done in a fraction of the time it took to use the clone tool.