Tutorial: How to Remove Location Info from Your Images in Photoshop

Privacy is a big concern these days, what with the NSA looking over both your shoulders, reading your emails and chiming in on your cell phone conversations. And while you might not be able to “fight the man” as it were, you can protect your privacy a bit by learning how to remove sensitive location information from the photos you post online.

This short tutorial by Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes will show you how to do just that; and since it was only a week ago that one of our commenters poked fun at one of our guest authors for leaving GPS data intact for his photos taken at the Sochi Winter Olympics, we have a feeling many of you will find this useful.

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You can check out the video tutorial to see exactly how this is done, but the process they’re suggesting is so simple we’ve outlined it in just the few steps below:

  1. Open up the image in Photoshop. If you’re viewing it in Lightroom a simple Command+E (Ctrl+E for Windows users) will do this.
  2. Click File –> Save for Web
  3. Click Save, and name the file whatever you please

And that’s it, saving the file for web is all that’s required to scrub the data out of there. To see more quick and easy tutorials on everything from Selective Focus, to Black and White Conversion, to Creating Panoramas, head over to the Photoshop Playbook YouTube playlist by clicking here.

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  • Andrew Kandel

    If you use Lightroom you can simply check “Remove Location Info” in the export dialog.

  • Johnny Blood

    Yeah, remove that location information from you photos. Great advice, especially considering Google’s search algorithms use that information and it might help the photographer sell a photograph. The more people who remove this information the more sales I might make. Thanks again.

  • Doug Pizac

    While saving to the web may remove the GPS coordinates, doing so can be equivalent to committing financial suicide. Why? Because the process can scrub ALL the metadata unless you click the right drop-down choice — preserve some, none or all. Choose “none” to rid the GPS coordinates and your photos become orphaned works that can’t be tracked back to the photographer (unless you filled out the copyright box) thereby allowing anyone to use those images without paying for licensing rights. When it comes to wanting to profit from your hard work Saving For Web can do the opposite.

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Why trick people that the need Photoshop for this when they just can do it like Andrew wrote. Sound more like some kind of ad to get people to buy CC.

  • Silly Doug

    “thereby allowing anyone to use those images without paying for licensing rights”
    wrong, wrong, WRONG – just because you can’t locate the owner of an image does not give you the right to use it carte blanche

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Jessica: I’m using that app to change my EXIF info for those lenses that doesn’t
    report the correct info or more doesn’t write any at all. Shoot a lot
    with old MF lenses with adapter.. :)

  • John MacLean Photography

    Exactly ha!

  • John MacLean Photography

    Silly Doug, Doug Pizac is saying that too. He’s just pointing out that w/o the © info, it becomes easier for people to excuse themselves, albeit wrongly doing so!

  • Tin-Foil-Hat

    If you’re paranoid enough to worry about location data then you’re probably the kind of person who doesn’t record it in the first place.

  • Geddy

    Privacy is a huge concern, that’s why I do not use google in any way.