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Google Found a Way To Automatically and Perfectly Erase Watermarks

If you’re a professional photographer who assumed that slapping an obtrusive watermark across your work would protect it from being misused online, Google’s got some bad news for you. A team of researchers from the company has found a way to automatically and perfectly erase the watermarks used by popular stock photography organizations.

Before this research was recently presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference, the easiest way to remove a watermark from an image was to either pay for the rights to use it, or go the slightly less easy route and spend an hour in Photoshop painstakingly erasing any overlaid graphics, which more often that not yielded poor results.

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