I recently edited a picture in preview by adding text to it. I then saved it, not realizing that the original would not be saved (without the text). When I went in to the picture later to delete the text, it was not possible. Is there a way I can either recover the original photo or delete the text I already saved?
There is a way to remove text from a picture that you have added with Apple's Preview application.
Open the picture with Preview, try to find as area where the background is the same as where the text is.
- Select an area with the mouse, and copy it and paste it into the picture.
- It will pop up in the center of the picture.
- Use the mouse to move it over the text.
- You can paste it several times as needed.
- Save and quit the application.
- Re-open Preview and Open Previous.
Select the picture you just edited and the text will be gone.
If you have access to Photoshop CS5 or newer, you might try one of the selecting tools to select the text and use Content Aware Fill and/or the Clone Stamp Tool to remove the text. (This does not make your text editable, but the text can still be removed)
One way is to sample the text color with the Eyedropper Tool. Use Select > Color Range. Use Select > Modify > Expand.. (about 2 piksels to cover the antialiasing). Deselect other parts of the image with the same color. Then use Content Aware Fill. Redo Content Aware Fill or use Clone Stamp Tool on problem areas.
Older Photoshop versions and Gimp (free) also have a Clone Stamp Tool (not Content Aware Fill).