How to Remove a Date Stamp From a Digital Photo

A lot of digital cameras have a setting where they add the date and time to the bottom right corner of the pictures they take. This setting can be helpful if you are documenting images for filing purposes. Otherwise, it mostly just detracts from the image. While you can’t remove a date stamp from a digital photo using your camera only, you can do so if you transfer the photo to your computer.

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Plug a USB cable into both your computer and your camera. Click on “Start” and “My Computer” and find the drive that contains your pictures. Click on the photo that you would like to edit. It will come up in your default image viewer. Go to the “File” menu and select “Save As.” Rename your file and save it to your desktop.

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Download an image recovery program such as Photo Stamp Remover (see resources). This will be a lot quicker than trying to edit your image using a traditional image editing program, like PhotoShop.

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Go to “My Computer” and click “All Programs” at the bottom of the popup window. Look through the list to find the name of the program you installed. Double click on this name to launch it.

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Click on the “Add Files” button on the left side of the screen or click on “Open” under the “File” menu at top left. Browse the desktop until you highlight the name of your image file. Press “Enter.” Your file will open up in the main window.

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Look at the right side of the window. You will see two ways to highlight the area you’d like to edit, as a square or as a rounded shape. Click on the rectangle if the background behind the date stamp is uniform. Click on the rounded shape if you need to trace around it because the background varies.

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Use your cursor to outline the date stamp so the program knows to remove it. Click on the zoom in or zoom out buttons, as needed, if you need to make a very tight tracing. These buttons are right above the highlight buttons and look like a plus sign and a minus sign with a magnifying glass.

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Click on "Preview Results." The program will automatically blend the background to cover the area where the date stamp was. If the results are not satisfactory, try removing the date in small sections for a more realistic blend.