Inpainting is the editing (aka Photoshopping) of an image by using patterns or features of one area of an image to fill in other (usually nearby) region(s) of the same image. This technique lets you do pretty neat things like repair negative scratches, repair tears or discolorations on prints, or even remove people or things within an image by replacing them with background elements. A few days ago the software site Give Away of the Day was giving away a software product called Inpaint and I had a chance to try it. What I'd done before more manually in Photoshop I could now do with greater ease. I was amazed at the results. For fun I spent a couple of hours playing around with the software to see just how sophisticated a removal you could do.
By just drawing a single line over the snake Inpaint can remove the snake with remarkable effectiveness. I later learned how to make it even better so that you wouldn't see the lighter band you see below.
And now to remove something a little more complicated.
And now to try some image repair...
Think too many people and animals are spoiling a Machu Picchu picture? No problem!
And then I wanted to see just how complicated a removal I could do... so I tried this! It took only a couple of minutes!
And finally I wanted to try something insane... I wanted to see if I could remove all humans from this complicated scene...
I'm pretty amazed what a little inpainting software can do to radically change photos, and all with a $20 product. Definitely worth it!