How to Remove a Date Stamp

By Chad Buleen

Updated September 22, 2017

Nothing can detract from a nice photo quite like a date stamp in the bottom corner. Although these date stamps can be annoying, they also can be removed. Thanks to photo editing software like Photoshop, it only takes a couple of minutes to remove date stamps from photos. Once these stamps are removed, the photo can then be printed or posted online to be viewed for its artistic merit.

Open Adobe Photoshop. Open the image that includes from which the date stamp will be removed by navigating to the "File" menu on the top left of the screen and selecting "Open." Navigate to the place where the image is saved and double click on the image name.

Locate the toolbar on the left-hand side of the page and find the icon that looks like a magnifying glass. Click on it. This is the zoom tool. Now click on the area of the photo where the date stamp is located. For a closer view, click again.

Move the cursor back to the toolbar and select the "Clone Stamp" tool. This tool is located about halfway down the toolbar. It can be identified by its similar appearance to a rubber stamp.

Move the cursor back to the photo. Find a section of the photo that is the same color as the area in which the date stamp appears. Often the other areas near the date stamp are close to the same color as the area underneath the stamp.

Hold down the "Alt" button and click, hold, and drag the mouse for just a moment. This essentially copies the area that will be used to replace the date stamp.

Move the cursor to the area where the date stamp appears. Click and hold the mouse and move the cursor over the date stamp. The stamp will slowly disappear and will be replaced by the area of the image that was copied in step 5.

Hit "Ctrl+S" to save the file. The image no longer includes a date stamp and can be printed or published online.


If you zoom in too far, zoom out by pressing the "Ctrl" key and clicking on the mouse at the same time.


If the color chosen does not closely match the color under the date stamp, the work done with the clone stamp may be of inferior quality and draw attention to itself.