Removing Ink from a Photo

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April 26, 2012

How do I get ink off of a photo?

By Donna P.


January 11, 20132 found this helpful

This only works on proper photographs, not the ones you print on a printer.

I used cotton buds and nail polish remover. Just a little dab of polish remover on the cotton bud and start to wipe away. If the cotton bud gets saturated with ink, use the other end or another cotton bud. Really easy. I removed ink that had been on for almost 40 years.

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January 11, 20131 found this helpful

Below is the after photo, I scanned them before and after cleaning.

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October 30, 20160 found this helpful

Did the polish remover have acetone?

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January 10, 20180 found this helpful

It didn't worked I tried it but no use

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January 10, 20181 found this helpful

And can we remove stamp seal on photo which is attested?

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April 24, 2009

How do I remove ink from a photo?

By Caroline from Carthedral City, CA


April 25, 20090 found this helpful

I don't think you can. The solvent in the ink will have probably etched into the photo. If the photo is of sentimental value and you do not have the negative, and it is not too badly damaged, then you could try scanning it at a high resolution.


Then you might be able to edit out the damaged area.

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April 25, 20093 found this helpful

I worked in a photo lab for nine years. We cleaned ink off with a cotton ball and a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the ink off. The alcohol dries quickly and does not soak the picture.

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October 6, 20091 found this helpful

Thank you very much Raspet!
Alcohol and cotton balls really work.
I saved a beautiful picture from a friend that his little kid damaged.

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July 13, 20161 found this helpful

yes .
it's possible. 2steps...
1>use a body spray.
2>and rub .

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August 23, 20180 found this helpful

Doesnt work

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June 17, 20200 found this helpful

I just used a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. The ink has been on there for probably 18 years. Worked fantastic.

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June 18, 20200 found this helpful

That looks great! Thanks for sharing the before and after with us.

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March 25, 2016

How do you get Magic Marker off of glossy photo paper?


September 10, 20170 found this helpful

Materials Needed:
Dry-erase marker
Clean cloth

Step 1
Place your photo on a flat surface. Wipe the photo with your cloth to ensure the photo is dry.


Step 2
On a corner of your photo or another small area, test the dry-erase marker. Only apply a small stroke over the permanent marker.

Step 3
Wait 30 seconds before using a soft cloth to wipe the dry-erase marks away.

Step 4
If the permanent marker comes off the photo, then reapply the dry-erase marker to a one-inch square.

Step 5
Wipe the dry-erase marker immediately.

Step 6
Continue applying the dry-erase marker to the photo and wiping the area.

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May 23, 2013

How do I remove ink from a photo? I wrote on the back of one and it came off on the on the next one.

By n J J from Lowgap, NC


May 27, 20131 found this helpful

The same thing happened on a few of my photos. I used a product called Un-DU. You get it at craft stores. It can usually be found in the scrapbooking section.


It can also be used to unstick pictures. This product is wonderful and will not harm the pictures in any way. Do not use any other product on your pictures but UN-DU. Hope this helps.

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May 13, 2011

The pictures (school-Life Touch) that I received from my grandbabies have the ink from the back of the prior photo. There is a lot and it is gel pen ink. The cotton balls and alcohol did not work! Please, any suggestions would be very welcome. Help!

By penipez from KS


May 13, 20111 found this helpful

Gel pen ink sometimes come right off with a pencil eraser! It's worked for me before! Maybe try rubbing your finger on it too! That seriously works sometimes too! I hope the photos are ok!

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November 29, 2010

How do I remove laser toner from a photo? The picture got in between some clean paper and was put into the printer by mistake.

By atvgrammy from Warsaw, MO


June 3, 20130 found this helpful

I just had this happen to me. If you very carefully scrape the photograph with a razor blade, you can scrape the laser toner off. If there are any tiny bumps in the picture, and you apply too much pressure, you will expose the white paper behind the photo.


I was able to salvage the only copy I had of a particular photo of my son when he was in preschool, enough that I can now take it to a professional to Photoshop the remaining imperfections.

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September 5, 2006

I just came back from China and took many pictures. Unfortunately, I wrote on the back with a permanent black pen and put each one on top of each other. Now the pictures are smeared with ink! How do I get the ink off glossy pictures?

Barbara from Poway


By Janette (Guest Post)
September 8, 20060 found this helpful

There is a product called Un-DO. It will remove the ink and will not harm the photos. You can get it at any craft store and I have also seen it at Lowes. There is another product by Un-Do that removes candle wax from anything. If you would happen to have pictures stuck to those old magnetic albums, Un-Do will remove them almost instantly.


One more thing, if you have to remove a stamp from a envelope for whatever reason Un-Do will remove it and when the Un-Do evaporates the stamp will be sticky and just like new. Hope this helps

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April 16, 2009

How do I get black ink off a picture? I wrote the a name and date on the back of a picture and the ink smudged on the next picture behind it. Please help.




I worked in photofinishing for 15 years. Hair spray can work for ink. Spray it on and immediately rub with a soft cloth or Kleenex. Then wash print under cool water. Squeegee off excess water on a flat surface and blow dry with a hair dryer. You can wash and dry any print this way that got water spots or a little food on it.

Janeen (06/09/2005)

By thejancat

Removing Ink from a Photo

Please be advised that the new digital images printed at home on your printer will smear and run if you get them wet if you don't use specialized waterproof ink. But, that's OK because usually you can print another. (06/13/2005)

By kidsNclutter

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April 23, 2009

How did I remove gel ink from a semi-glossy photo?

By Caroline from Cathedral City, CA


Removing Ink from a Photo

You could try some photo/film cleaner, which you can get at a photo shop. It will work on some inks, use a cotton swab moistened with a little of the cleaner. Try it on a corner of the photo first, then try it on the ink. Rub very gently. I worked in photo labs for over 14 years and used this trick often. (04/16/2009)

By Terri

Removing Ink from a Photo

I would try a junk photo with a similar finish, and use hand sanitizer. (04/22/2009)

By Kim Churchman

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