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Remove Watermarks from a PDF Document

Watermarks are typically used to protect one’s copyright and avoid plagiarism. A watermark can be an image or text. If you have added watermarks to a PDF document but now don’t need them any more, how can you remove these text or images?

Today this post will share 3 ways to help. Both the offline and online tools recommended in this article can remove a complete watermark such as a company logo.

How to Remove Watermarks from a PDF on Windows

SwifDoo PDF

SwifDoo PDF is desktop-based software on Windows. It’s a handy tool to remove or erase watermarks from a PDF file. You can use SwifDoo PDF to add and replace watermarks as well. It is not only a watermark remover but also a PDF converter and editor. Users can utilize it to edit PDF files, and convert PDFs to Word, Excel or other format documents.

Take a look at how to remove watermarks from a PDF document using SwifDoo PDF.

Step 1: Free download SwifDoo PDF on your Windows PC and launch it after installation completed;

Step 2: Drag and drop your PDF file that has watermarks into the main interface of SwifDoo PDF;

Step 3: Click Advanced button on the top of the program and choose Watermark in the drop-down menu;

Step 4: Select Delete Watermark to remove all watermarks in the PDF file and save the changes.

After the 4 steps, SwifDoo PDF will remove both text and image watermarks in a PDF document. If you want to add new watermarks to the file, SwifDoo PDF has some common samples and you can use customized text or images to watermark the PDF too.

SwifDoo PDF is a user-friendly offline tool. For a registered user, it offers a 30-day free trial. If you don’t like to create an account during trial, it also allows you to free access full features for first 7 days.

How to Remove Watermarks from a PDF on Mac

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat can help easily remove watermarks from a PDF document. It’s developed by Adobe company, the creator of PDF, taking the leading position in the PDF software industry. In Acrobat family, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is always the optimal solution to most PDF issues. That’s because Acrobat Pro DC offers a full set of features for both Windows and Mac users.

Here is how to remove watermarks from a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Step 1: Launch Adobe Acrobat Pro on Windows or Mac, then import the PDF file embedded with watermarks into the program;

Step 2: Click Tools tab and go to Edit PDF option;

Step 3: Choose Watermark in the sub-menu and select Remove to delete the watermarks;

Step 4: Save the changed PDF document.

Adobe Acrobat Pro also allows to remove watermarks from multiple PDF files. In this case, you don’t need to open any PDF file in the program. Here is a brief explanation of how to remove watermarks from a batch of PDFs:

Step 1: Go to “Tools”, “Edit PDF”, “Watermark” and “Remove” in sequence;

Step 2: After that, a dialog box will pop up. Click “Add Files” in the box to upload the PDF files that contain watermarks. Then, hit “OK”;

Step 3: An “Output Options” dialog box will come out and you can select a folder to save the output PDFs.

Adobe Acrobat Pro is of huge assistance in removing watermarks from PDF documents. As a powerful PDF editor, it also enables users to edit, comment, convert and protect PDFs. For some Mac users who want a substitute for Preview, Adobe Acrobat Pro might be the best option.

How to Remove Watermarks from a PDF Online

Soda PDF

Soda PDF is an easy-to-use PDF tool available online and offline. Soda PDF Creator Online allows users to manipulate PDF files in a web browser. Check the guide to remove watermarks from a PDF document online using Soda PDF.

Step 1: Search Soda PDF Creator Online or Soda PDF online in your browser. Select the result with URL https://online.sodapdf.com in the search engine results pages. Or you can directly type the URL in the browser to access the web application; 

Step 2: Choose EDIT on the top of the web application. Click BROWSE tab in the center of this page to upload your watermarked PDF file. You can drag and drop the document to this page as well;

Step 3: After the PDF document is completely loaded, go to Remove Page Marks and choose Watermark. In the Remove Watermark dialog box, you can select all pages or a range of pages to remove watermarks;

Step 4: Hit REMOVE tab in the dialog box to start removing. After seconds waiting, a prompt message Watermarks have been removed pops up;

Step 5: Find Download button near folder icon on the top left corner. Or you can click the hamburger button and choose Save as to determine where you want to save the changed PDF.

Following the several steps, you have successfully removed text and image watermarks from a PDF document. Please note that only if you have signed in to your account online, the file can be downloaded to your local devices or other cloud servers except Soda PDF.

Actually, you can not access most features without an account in Soda PDF. So, a beginner needs to create an account first. Soda PDF offers a 7-day free service for a newly registered user. After that, you will need to subscribe to its premium version.


SwifDoo PDF might enjoy the best cost performance among the 3 recommendations. Soda PDF has both offline and online versions that can meet different needs, but you have to create an account for most features. Adobe Acrobat Pro is strong but expensive, so you can take it into consideration if you have enough budget.

Whether you are the owner or reader of a watermarked PDF, the mentioned methods will help easily take off the watermarks from the file. But without authorization, please do not use the PDF for commercial purposes, otherwise, you may infringe some other’s copyright.

For some image-only PDFs, the recommended tools may not work for removing watermarks. If possible, you can try the white-out pen or eraser within the 3 PDF software to erase the watermarks from your scanned PDF document.

Originally posted 2021-12-14 18:32:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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