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I have a background with written text over it. The thing is the image is a .jpeg, and not .psd format, so I don't have access to the layers.

This is the image:

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As you can see, the written text ("Space") is quite big.

My question is: are there any effects/anything I can do in order to remove the text and still keep the background? Or at least hide it a little bit more?

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Of course!

Content-aware fill is your best friend in this case.

Just make a selection around the word and go Edit -> Fill -> Content-Aware.

This usually does a pretty good job:

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Then you can either go back over it multiple times (maybe in smaller sections) with Content-Aware fill to clean it up, or you can play with the Spot Healing Brush Tool (J) or the Clone Stamp Tool (s).

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Heal selection with Gimp

For people who work with Gimp there is the plugin Resynthesize together with the Python script Heal Selection. On Linux the plugin comes with the package gimp-plugin-registry.

  1. Select an area to remove from the image.
  2. Choose Filters - Enhance - Heal Selection.

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  3. Adjust the pixel width (here 300), region (here all around), and fill pattern (here random) to resynthesize the selected area from it's surrounding.

The processing takes some time but the plugin does it's job extremely well. Depending on the background structure (and our settings of course) we may not even need any postprocessing:

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I mostly use this tool to remove unwanted items or people from photos.

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+1 For the good answer and the Bonus game of What's different about these pictures?. –  ckpepper02 Sep 3 '13 at 15:31
+1 even thought the question was tagged photoshop... this is a great example of where opensource freeware can outperform expensive adobe products. –  amaster507 Sep 8 '13 at 4:13

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