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I am trying to remove words from a sign on a picture I took.

As an example, I found this picture below. Given the following image, how could I remove the letters on the sign (where it says "MARINA" or "HOBURGS BANK" for example) and replace it with the background that is behind it?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I've had success with the Spot Healing Brush tool.

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You just have to select a brush size that matches the height of a letter, and then click and drag over a bunch of letters. Photoshop will try to remove the black letters and replace them with the surrounding background.

Not particularly a 100% perfect solution, but that was done in 10 seconds.

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2 quick for me :-) – Psycogeek Oct 23 '11 at 16:54

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I would use the clone tool on that. It would reproduce the colors and the noise that exists , making the change seamless.

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… but you did a bit more :P — generally, I don't like the clone tool as much as the healing tool, because it leaves harder edges and doesn't automatically create smooth transitions. – slhck Oct 23 '11 at 17:04

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