I'm looking for some software that can batch process images to remove any identifying features (the same effect as saving a screen shot of the image). I don't want any data associated with the image to remain so that it appears to be a new image to search engines. Is there a program that can do that?

  • identifying features, you mean date of creation / EXIF?
    – Luciano
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 12:40

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If you're wanting to batch this for other image files you can use imagemagick to remove exif data by using:

convert <input file> -strip <output file>

Per the source it says:

strip the image of any profiles, comments or these PNG chunks: bKGD,cHRM,EXIF,gAMA,iCCP,iTXt,sRGB,tEXt,zCCP,zTXt,date.


If your images are for web or digital usage (I mean RGB 72dpi) you can use Photoshop "save for web" with the option "Metadata: None". It will produce a simple image with no data added (this is to optimize the size).

You can make a batch and save in this way thousands of images automatically.

This will not work if you need CMYK or images that are bigger than a certain size ("save for web" will still work for images up to 5000x5000 pixels), unless you make a second batch to re-save in CMYK 300 dpi or whatever you need. But it is not recommended.

  • Thanks Mario. I found a free program called Batch Purifier Lite which strips metatags. Would something like that do as good a job or should I be using Photoshop?
    – cxzaqwer
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 7:52
  • @cxzaqwer I'm sorry but I don't know that software so I can't say if it will work well or not. I knew of a Gimp plugin that maybe will do what you need but I never used it: registry.gimp.org/node/157
    – Mario
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 14:52

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