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Removing watermark from multiple pages

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I created a document with Adobe 6 pro and added a watermark in all the pages and need to remove it from all 283 pages.   Using the view>navagation tabs>content will take too long.  I do have a deadline from my boss to get this done and can't take all day to remove it. Hence I need some type of software or faster way to do it in Adobe.  I do have Pitstop but can't get it to remove the watermarks.
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 125 total points
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I'm not aware of any automatic way to do this, however I may have a slightly faster manual method:
If it's a real Acrobat 6 watermark (an overlay), you can use PitStop's "Select Object(s)" tool: Select this tool and click on the watermark. This should select the watermark XObject. Then just hit delete. This should delete only the watermark. Move the the next page and repeat. With a scroll mouse (and single page view) I was able to process about one page per second.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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To speed things up, make sure that you select a zoom of "Fit Page", this way one PgDn, or one increment with the mouse wheel will bring you to the next page.
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Just followup...
If you are using Acrobat 6 you can also use the 'Select Object Tool'.  It is hidden under the 'Touch Up Text Tool' which is on the advanced editing toolbar.  If you select the watermark on one page and hit the delete key on the keyboard, all watermarks will be removed.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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THis will only work with some watermarks:
This works if your watermark consists of just one PDF object. If you have a more complicated watermark, you need to select all parts of it without modifying the real page content. Depending on your watermark and your original page content, this is almost impossible.
But if you have just a "Draft" stamp or something similar, it's easier to use PitStop and make use of it's inability to select individual objects in XForm objects.

[BTW: I did not know about this behavior when I commented on this question, I only discovered this recently]
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by:juliangkeller
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I used the pitstop as you said before and was able to get it fixed in about 2 mins.
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