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How can I remove text but not the image behind it; originally a pdf.

Community Beginner ,
Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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Can I open a pdf as a jpg and then remove text but save the image behind it? 

I'm using PS 24.1.1 on Mac OS Ventura.

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Community Expert , Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

Ideally you would edit a copy of the PDF in an proper PDF editor (Acrobat Pro, Enfocus PitStop Pro plugin or Callas pdfToolbox plugin), removing the text.

 

As a fallback, you could open the PDF in Adobe Illustrator and remove the text (this may or may not be workable, depending on the PDF as Illustrator isn't a general PDF editor).

 

Finally, if you did rasterize a PDF into Photoshop where the text was rendered over the image, you would need to use content aware fill, A.I. powered generative fi

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Ideally you would edit a copy of the PDF in an proper PDF editor (Acrobat Pro, Enfocus PitStop Pro plugin or Callas pdfToolbox plugin), removing the text.

 

As a fallback, you could open the PDF in Adobe Illustrator and remove the text (this may or may not be workable, depending on the PDF as Illustrator isn't a general PDF editor).

 

Finally, if you did rasterize a PDF into Photoshop where the text was rendered over the image, you would need to use content aware fill, A.I. powered generative fill or good old-fashioned retouching to "restore" the missing content.

 

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I forgot to mention, when opening a PDF in Photoshop, one can rasterize the entire document as is, or one can also just import image content only – so this is another way to get the pristine image content without the text rendered over the top.

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Ok, I'll save this when/if something similar occurs. Thank you.

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I was able to edit it in PDF; thought it would have been locked, and surprised it wasn't. This isn't something I have to do often, but good to know. Thanks very much!

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Thank you for letting us know that the answer from @Stephen_A_Marsh to edit the file in Acrobat worked. I've marked his answer correct.

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Ideally, you've previously saved an unflattened PSD or TIFF with text and image on separate layers. 

Hiding text is then a simple matter of toggling layer visibility on/off (eyeball icon).

 

Manually removing text from a flattened JPG without destroying the background could be tricky depending on how complex the image is. Content aware (Healing Brush Tool) works well in some but not all situations.  Using the Patch or Cloning tools might be required to restore lost pixels.

 

 

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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