It isn’t often you run into a red, white, and true blue one trick pony app that’s also got an above average gee whiz factor. Here it is.
Think of a Mac app that erases unwanted objects from photos with a click. Pole in front of the house? Gone. Tree in the way? Gone. Car going by? Gone. Your crazy uncle Jerry with the goofy smile? Click. Gone.
Ugly Relatives? Gone!
To be fair, what Inpaint does isn’t new or even cheap. A similar function exists in Photoshop for about 20 times the money. In fact, it’s even in Photoshop elements for a mere three times the money.
Inpaint erases those unsightly, unwanted objects in photos that you don’t want to see but they’re there, and in color.
There’s not much to it, either. Bring up a photo. Find the offending object in said photo.
Then, use the mouse pointer to draw around and within the photo, and with a click—poof!—Inpaint removes the object. Wait. It’s a trick, right? What about the big ugly hole?
That’s the trick. There is no hole. You’re not so much erasing as telling Inpaint to fill in the hole so it looks like the area around the hole.
Alright, a picture or two is worth a few hundreds words.
This looks like a quick and dirty way to get rid of an ugly ex-spouse from the family photos.
Or, maybe you need a time date stamped photo of your back yard without the neighbor’s dog’s body.
See? Nice, huh?
So, how do you go from offending object somewhere in your photo, to having your ex removed completely from the family album?
All it takes is Inpaint (or, the more expensive and convoluted Photoshop Elements) and a deft hand. Not daft. Deft. As in, careful.
Fortunately, you can zoom in on an image and make sure the erasing is precise. Obviously, Inpaint works better removing objects from some backgrounds than other backgrounds.
It’s actually very good at removing those time date stamps in photos. Or, getting rid of a cloud or plane in the sky. But it won’t do much for those braces in your kid’s mouth. One trick pony, indeed.