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[8 Easy Ways] How to Remove Watermark from PDF?

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jun 30, 2021 to PDF Editor Tutorials

PDF is a prevailing form. Its popularity is owing to its convenience and stability to transmit in every OS. Yet the embarrassing thing is that some PDF files are blurred with watermarks, making them hardly readable to readers.

To remove watermark from PDF, powerful PDF removers are needed. This post writes to solve this troublesome problem by presenting three different methods and 8 distinctive tools to you, so let's take a look.

Remove Watermark from PDF Freely - 4 Manual Ways

In this section, four scarcely-known approaches will be introduced to help users remove watermarks from PDF. These methods are free but a little bit tricky - You need to remove the watermarks from PDF manually.

The First Free PDF Watermark Remover - EaseUS PDF Editor

This PDF editor for Windows is an all-in-one tool that helps you manage PDF pages and PDF contents without much effort. You can add watermark to PDF to protect your copyright, as well as remove the watermark you add in a second.

Besides watermark, there are some other tools you can use to protect your PDF file. For example, the password protect PDF from being viewed and modified by anyone without authorization. Vice versa, it's also convenient to remove password protection from PDF.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor, and click on the "Open File" button in the lower-left corner to import the PDF from which you want to remove a watermark.

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You can also click on "File" and choose "Open" to import the PDF you want to edit.

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Step 2. When the PDF file with a watermark is opened in the program, you can navigate to "Page" and click on the option.

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Step 3. Under the "Page Design" tab, there is a "Watermark" button. Click on the button, and it will offer you three options. You can select the last one to "Remove" watermark.

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Step 4. A pop-up will appear and ask you if you want to remove the watermark from PDF permanently. Click on "Yes" to confirm your decision. Now, you can click on the "Save" button to save the edited file.

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The Second Free PDF Watermark Remover - Microsoft Word

Removing watermarks from PDF by Microsoft Word may not be the first plan that crosses your head. The universal installation of Word, however, could be the most ordinary method to remove watermark freely.

Now please follow the instruction to achieve our goal:

Step 1. Right-click on the PDF you want to operate and choose 'Open with' > 'Microsoft Word' (Choose another app > Microsoft Word).

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Step 2. A window is popping up telling you that opening PDF with Word could result in unknown problems such as disorders of pictures and texts. Click 'OK' to ignore this warning and carry on.

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Step 3. Now Microsoft will convert your PDF to Word format. And immediately, the watermarks and texts on your PDF could be edited.

Now you can either remove watermarks by choosing 'Design' > 'Watermark' > 'Remove Watermark,' or manually delete the watermarks by yourself. 

Step 4. Save it as a PDF file by choosing a saving path > renaming your file and choosing PDF as the file type.

By the way, if the watermark that bothers you is a text watermark, this method will not be as effective as you expect. It would be best if you sifted the watermark texts out of your draft one by one. And the pictures and texts could be in a mess during the rebuilding process. So we highly suggest you take this method critically.

The Third Free PDF Watermark Remover - Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat creates the format PDF, so it is always a good idea to ask for help when we have any troubles related to PDF. Adobe Acrobat allows us to read, edit and convert PDF files. So it is easy to use it to remove watermark from PDF freely.

Now let's see how to use Adobe to erase watermarks:

Step 1. Open the PDF with Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Step 2. Navigate to 'Tools,' and among all the options, select 'Edit Object.'

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Step 3. Back to the top-right corner, select the Edit tab and from the drop-down options, choose Cut.

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Step 4. Resave this document. Now a brand-new file without a watermark is available in the end.

Note that the text watermark is also a tough task to deal with. Adobe makes these text watermarks editable so you can manage them. But to remove them, you also have to delete them manually.

And also, Adobe Acrobat's trial version is only available for 7 days. Once it is expired, you need to turn to other PDF software for help.

The Fourth Free PDF Watermark Remover - Google Docs

The mechanism of Google Docs removing watermark from PDF files is the same as Microsoft Word - it makes PDF watermark disappear during the conversion of PDF to Word and Word to PDF. 

Here is an instruction of Google Docs removing watermarks from PDF:

Step 1. Upload your PDF file to Google Drive first.

Step 2. Enter your PDF file and make it displayed on Google Drive.

Step 3. On the top of this file, click 'Open with Google Docs' and jump to Google Docs with this PDF.

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Step 4. Now the text watermark is automatically transformed to be editable. And you can manually delete them.

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Step 5. Save the docs as PDF again with a Word-to-PDF tool. Once this procedure is accomplished, no watermarks are attached to the new PDF docs. 

This section answers the question - 'how to remove a watermark from a pdf freely.' Four free PDF watermark-removing projects are introduced, making it easy to delete picture watermark. But to erase text watermark freely, other tools are more capable.

Remove Watermark from PDF Professionally - 2 Fast Ways

This section gives two professional solutions to remove PDF watermarks. Both of the products are popular PDF experts in the field, so you can totally trust them.

The First Professional PDF Watermark Remover - Foxit

Foxit is home to the famous Foxit PDF Reader and Foxit PDF Editor. Using Foxit to remove watermarks from PDF is light work. This software is lightweight, quickly responding, fast processing, and easy to operate. The only deficiency of it is that it only works on Windows.

Erasing watermarks from PDF files is just several clicks away:

Step 1. Open your PDF file with Foxit.

Step 2. Go the the 'Organize' tab and find the 'Watermark' option.

Step 3. In the drop-down list, choose 'Remove All.' And now your document is cleared.

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The Second Professional PDF Watermark Remover - Nitro

Nitro provides nearly all the features that you could imagine of a PDF editor. With it, you can OCR PDF, edit PDF, process multiple documents simultaneously, and output your PDF to more Microsoft Office formats. Besides, given that Nitro's interface resembles that of Microsoft Word's, it will be no learning curve at all to get the hang of it.

Nitro satisfies users' demands in every aspect except for two things: it only gives users a 14-day free trial, and it works only on Windows, just like Foxit.

To remove all watermarks from a document, you need to:

Step 1. Hover your mouse to the tab 'Page Layout.' In the drop-down list, you should choose 'Remove Watermarks.'

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Step 2. A window will pop up asking you whether you want to remove all watermarks. Click OK.

Step 3. If you want to delete a watermark on a single page, you can right-click it and click 'delete.'

Foxit and Nitro are the two professional PDF watermark remover we collect for you. The best part of them is that they manage to remove both text and picture watermarks from your PDF files in one go. The worst part of them is that both Foxit and Nitro will expire, and you need to pay for them at that time.

Remove Watermark from PDF Online - 2 Web Tools

This section answers the question - 'how to remove a watermark from a pdf online.' Online PDF editors free users from downloading and installation. And some of them do as good a job as PDF editing software. Let's see two online PDF editor that helps you eliminate watermarks.

The First Online PDF Watermark Remover - pdfFiller

PdfFiller is a cloud-based form PDF editor with PDF editing its key feature. This website allows users to create editable forms or convert some commonly seen forms. Some features that users may find useful are the typing, erasing, highlighting, drawing functions. Users can also add/remove watermarks, logos to their PDF files.

URL: www.pdffiller.com/en/remove-watermark.htm

Removing watermarks from PDF with pdfFiller:

Step 1. Drag and drop to import your PDF file.

Step 2. When you are editing your document, double-click the watermark and then click the 'Delete' icon. Then you can remove the watermark from PDF successfully. 

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Step 3. Click the 'Done' button in the top-right corner, then choose the format that you prefer.

The Second Online PDF Watermark Remover - Soda PDF

Soda has produced an online version of PDF editor aiming at serving different platforms users. You can easily gain access to this website by inserting its URL in Google. This PDF editor is functional - It can convert PDF, sign at PDF, add/remove PDF watermarks, add annotations, merge and append, and so on.

URL: www.sodapdf.com/pdf-editor/

Steps to remove watermark online from PDF with Soda PDF:

Step 1. Import your PDF into Soda PDF.

Step 2. Locate your watermarks, check them and click the dustbin icon to delete them.

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Step 3. Export it as a new PDF file. BTW, there is a 5 seconds advertisement to watch before you get your file.

Removing watermarks from PDF online is convenient yet not as stable as desktop software. Online watermark removers have a longer loading speed and fewer PDF editing features. And if you have no tolerance for advertisement, online tools are never good choices for you.


This post introduces 8 ways to remove watermarks from PDF. Briefly speaking, the freeways can help you to eradicate picture watermarks directly and delete text watermarks manually.

Two professional tools can enable you to delete watermarks in several clicks. The last two online PDF removers will make it possible to eliminate your watermarks on a browser tab. Among all those editors, EaseUS PDF Editor is really a powerful but easy-to-use one. Download it and have a try.