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Inpaint 6.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Inpaint 6.0

Inpaint reconstructs the selected image area from the pixel near the area boundary. Get it for free on GOTD!
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User rating: 834 72 comments

Inpaint 6.0 was available as a giveaway on October 13, 2014!

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Inpaint reconstructs the selected image area from the pixel near the area boundary. Inpaint may be used unwanted objects from your photos. Delete any unwanted object from your photo, such as extra power-line, people, and text.

The programs will automatically Inpaint the selected area to erase it. If some unexpected object spoils an otherwise good photograph, Inpaint may be used to remove it. Simply select the object. No need for fiddly messing about with the clone tool. It is alarmingly simple to use. Draw a selection around the object you wish to remove from the picture, and run smart remove selection.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; 1000 MHz processor; 256 MB RAM





File Size:

15.5 MB



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Developed by Corel Corporation
Developed by The GIMP Team
Developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Import 3D objects and decide where to place them in the 3D model.

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Sigh. It was a great program on my former computer, but when I bought a new one, I had to wait for it to come round again to download it. And then it wouldn't save. I thought I'd done something wrong, so I waited AGAIN for it to come round. Oh joy. It did. Download and installed again. And then, again, it wouldn't save without activating (or buying).

So reading these comments, I see I have to use activate.exe (thanks, Freddie). But of course, now it's too late. So I have to wait again.

Yes, I could buy it, but I want to try it first. The newer version may be quite different from my old one.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan D  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For the Developer/s:
Good Job. It's obvious your heart is in a job well-done. It shows You are also a Good Listener to what your users want.
Of all the things I like; the light computer resources (which is why I use Inpaint first over PS on the things Inpaint Can do), most things only need a quick fix, & it's fun to see fast changes (although the amount of fun diminishes w/increased amount of clicks to get the job done.) So an improvement would be is to Reduce the number of Clicks to get the job done - ver. 5.5 has less than ver. 6.0 for same job (6.0 going the wrong direction). Clicks are time-consuming. Also, don't need as much open space around each Tool as you have in Ver 6.0, ver. 5.5 was good in that area (takes longer to get to the more clicks, and return to the work area). Like/LOVE the larger actual work area, though!
The suggestion for the artist's neutral gray background is a good idea, for the reasons given by the earlier reviewers.

The option of opaqueness could help where abutting areas could be merged, akin to feathering, especially for light airiness intermingling, like hair, fur, etc.

The protective lines are great, but I've had instances where there are curves. Which I'm sure you know lines can work, but curves match curves smoother (and therefore, quicker).

I've notice in some areas the results came out with little SPIKES at the abutting edge. Time-consuming to HAVE to go over the final results to CORRECT those spikes (NOT Fun)

Also, odd color-changing NOT included in the donor selection - maybe, maybe not, somewhere else in photo. ex.: top vs. bottom of which neither is NOT donor OR donee.

Also, a problem that could be improved and keep me in Inpaint rather than using Inpaint for the 'rough-in' then switch to PS for the refinement: I've noticed in some areas the result is awfully pixelated, then I have to decide to accept it and go to PH to refine it or just to go to PS for the full job. It would be nice to be able to just stay with Inpaint.

I tried using your suggestion box for an abbreviated version of these suggestions, but it wouldn't accept my numbers input. I kept getting the message: wrong characters were entered, try again - for about 10-12 times. Why? As you can see from this message my input being correct suggest that the odds/percentage that there is something wrong with your suggestion box verification check.

Reply   |   Comment by z  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This app also removes LOGOs found on photos/videos.

Reply   |   Comment by Software Babe  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ah ha! After reading the comments about having to run in Administrator Mode, I tried opening it in AM, and viola! It worked! Just like Auslogics Boost Speed, it will only work in AM. I agree you shouldn't have to be in AM, but at least it works that way! Maybe I will go back and try some other programs that didn't register (even though I registered according to directions) as well to see if they work in AM.

Reply   |   Comment by Sheila  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just realized I never hit 'Submit comment' after I wrote this about 2:00 PM Arizona time (AT),(currently same as PT) I never was able to get it to register. I don't know if anyone will actually see it now. :( After reading all the comments since I wrote this, I had done everything correctly and it still isn't registered.

I hate offers like this that are such a pain in the butt to get registered, especially when I see all these comments about how easy it was to install....

I TRIED to install this before and could never get it to register so I was really excited when it was offered again. I've been anxiously waiting for it to be up again! However, I still can't get it to not ask for the license key when I click on the 'Help' (I think that's where it is) drop-down menu.

Read 12. @ by ouialaraison * and 16.@ by Garmel **, so I uninstalled, and deleted all areas where it had placed filenames, etc. Re-installed (after unzipping all files again) then re-activated it, and STILL it shows the popup to enter the license key.

This is so frustrating! I don't understand why most programs I can get registered easy as anything, and others I run into this issue! I follow all directions and do them all them same. If I didn't want and NEED this one so badly, I would just give up and uninstall it, but I REALLY WANT TO HAVE IT. I personally don't know what else to try.
I even restarted my computer! STILL ISN’T REGISTERED!!

Any ideas why I am still having a problem registering it? Is anyone else having a problem still? If you are PLEEEAAASE write a note here and tell me! I'm beginning to get an idiot complex here thinking I'm the only one that still has problems registering SOME offers on GOTD!!! LOL :P

* @ Freddie Weeks: close InPaint, then reactivate, then reopen InPaint, it should work (in the Help menu it doesn’t suggest anymore that you buy it). Make sure also that you run activate.exe and not activate.gcd

@ Andrzej: as long as you don’t try to update or reinstall, don’t crash or change your OS or your computer, it can last as long as you want – or until you install a more recent version offered here.
** OK I figured out what went wrong. I needed to extract all the files to a folder than run the installation/registration. Not run and activate it from the zip.

(I have pictures that I can show you, but don't know how to upload them here.)

Reply   |   Comment by Sheila  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and activated without problems (i7, 64 bit, Windows 7 Home Premium). This version seems more solid than the previous version. Tools work without lag and very smoothly. the program seems to do the job faster and more accurately than the previous version. It really helps when removing phone and electric lines to use the eraser with the green highlighted to remove most of the sample area around the object that's being removed. This restricts the sampling to the closest pixels to the lines. It would be very nice to have some way to set the area being sampled. It's very large.

I really like this program and since there are a lot of phone poles and lines in every local photo I take, it's very handy. Much thanks, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Mujer  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I’ve used Inpaint for years. It is absolutely a great piece of software. I also retouch photos professionally. Recently, my computer had a mother-board blowout, so I needed an entirely new computer. I had just written to Teorex concerning this a few days past. I am therefore thrilled to see this giveaway here today. SO Happy! :D

Reply   |   Comment by Bluebel  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

While the program can see and open RAW files, they look terrible in the program's work window. Converting to JPG, the image looks much better. Testing on a cloudy sky with powerlines using the "Magic Wand" worked pretty well. Though I prefer working with RAW files, I'd say this is a keeper. Thanks GAotD.

Reply   |   Comment by Null  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Way to tell if it IS activated;if,after following directions above,restart computer,open program,click help,if enter serial / register option is gone,it is registered / activated.Should also initially get a splash screen saying "Successfuly activated-what next?" after GCD is run.Hope this helps-but you MUST restart / re-boot for it to take effect.Thanks,GAOTD !!!

Reply   |   Comment by vanierstein  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@22, Walter
"This program works well, but only in the “Admin” account that I used to install Inpaint. I’d like to use Inpaint in the “User” account that I use most of the time"

I had the same issue... what you can do is change your "user" account to an admin account, run Activate.exe, then change your account back to "user." Activate.exe needs admin rights to run, but then it only activates for the user that it ran as.

Reply   |   Comment by alordofchaos  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

after a bit of testing: much quicker and more convenient for object removal then clone tool e.g. in zoner, which i use for everyday photo editing. photoshop with its specialised tol is another class, but i am no ps guru, for me its use is a bit time consuming. so thank you, gotd and inpaint - after a long time sw really useful for me...

Reply   |   Comment by pH  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I got to where i read the readme on installing and it said the activate exe would register it..do we see where it's registered???? or does it do it automatically...

nice software...

Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Vivian Riolobos  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i have the same experience as walter (#22). i wasted quite a lot of time but without success: inpaint runs well (a great utility), but only from admin account, which i normally dont use (win7 64-bit). stupid bug in a good program - i "solved" it running this sw as admin, a bit of inconvenience (typing password), but it works...

Reply   |   Comment by pH  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks, GOTD! A nice, easy to use, intuitive program. Definitely a keeper. Thanks also to all of the members for valuable comments and suggestions. Always appreciated, helps me fill in the holes in my knowledge.

Reply   |   Comment by Susiekay1649  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@Walter Snodgrass and all others who usually run using a "Standard User" (Windows 8) or "Limited User" account (Windows XP & 7).

You will need to install and activate as usual using your Administrator account. When complete you will need to temporarily make your Standard or Limited User accounts Administrator accounts and then run the "Activate.exe" file while logged into those accounts in order for the program to reflect registered when using those accounts. Don't forget to change them back to Standard or Limited User after you have completed activation. You will then be able to use the program activated without having to run it as an administrator from then on.

I've found several programs (Digiarty programs just to name one) that need this type of handling when installing and activating. You just have to make sure and check that they run as activated under all of your accounts after the initial install before the giveaway is over as you can only activate during the giveaway period even if you have successfully installed the program during the giveaway period. They will not activate later and you will be stuck only being able to run them as an administrator and have them activated when using your Standard or Limitied accounts.

Hope that helps and was not too confusing.

Reply   |   Comment by BeenTaken  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Is very good software and thank you for the giveaway! But... i want the vendors to put an option to the GUI for "Classic Skin" and "Dark Skin", and let the people decide what GUI wants to use.
Some people have problem to use a software with dark/black GUI. Those guys wants a white user interface... e.g. like the version 4.7

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by sakis  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@#13 KARL

You picture is SCREWED up due to your ERROR not the program.

You have FAILD to use the OTHER option GUIDED LINES to achieve the PREFECT Picture with the NO WALL.

Your original PIC:

The NO PIC done in just 2 minutes by this program:

This is a FANTACTIC program NUF SAID

Reply   |   Comment by Nate Kidd  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Love this program, it works very well and is so easy. Photos I retouched with it were great. Removed telephone lines and a dog toy sitting in grass. When the program finished, you would never have guessed it was retouched,

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Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Installs fine and works fine but you must run it as admin or it isn't registered. I don't want to have to run software as an admin user. It shouldn't be necessary. Win 8.1.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael5  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi, Good news about Inpaint must surely be the fact that newest Version doesn't automatically cancel registration of the last one, or any earlier ones for that matter - provided they are installed in different locations on PC. This allows user to keep them all (modest size, so why not?) and choose which still suits best.

It's a very handy Tool for photo manipulations worth keeping, as it adds extra power to any Photo Toolbox and many such possibilities provided by different Software. In many cases - gives a decent start and step to take and perfect photos further elsewhere. Other than that well done Developer for improving Inpaint constantly and focusing on giving busy Folks just what they might need to quickly (quicker) achieve desired results using Inpaint alone. Thanks Teorex and GOTD for Today's Offer.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used to use this all the time. it is well worth having. Im currently using photoshop, which does the same things , not quite as good but still easier than loading pic in to inpaint, saving it then loading it into PS....

Reply   |   Comment by meagain  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Registration Problems.
A number of people seem to be complaining that the program is not registered after activating.

Most programs check to see if there registered when first opened, few actually check again after this point.
To make sure that you are running in the registered version close the program after activating if done using the Activate program, or having entered the serial number, make sure when you close it has not just minimised itself, if so close.
Now reopen the program, it should do so as a registered version.

#35 Laura.
The fashionable mud coloured interfaces of today make it very hard for older eyes and I sympathise as on a number of occasions I have found good programs unusable.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wanted to test this as I tried the 2.0 version some time ago and it worked well but just wasn't ready (photoshop simply worked better).

Install works fine however the GOTD Activate.exe opens and closes without any message and without activating the software.

Yet another product the GOTD activator is killing because it wont work 100% correctly. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by JSG  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

really like this program - so much so I have had 2 GOTD downloads and 2 paid for upgrades. It does just one thing but boy, doesn't it do it well!

For new users I suggest you work with tiff files so you can have more than one bash at an image without degrading the quality - and yes it does support 16bit tiff.

Now all we need is a really good raw (and jpeg?) to 16 bit tiff single or batch conveter that preserves all the exif data :)

Reply   |   Comment by dave  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Some comparisons with Photoshop mentioned. Photoshop is probably technically better, but not easy to learn and to use.

Now that Adobe has instituted $X per month payable for "creative cloud", it gets expensive. It was US$50 per month but over time will increase due to inflation.

To each his own.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#2: "If I remember correctly, is inpaint considered as one of the best programs seen on GaotD for removing unwanted objects. "

It's a decent app, & AFAIK one of only a few focusing on just inpainting &/or seam carving, but note that those capabilities are increasingly being included in regular image editing apps, giving you a better workflow if you intend to do more, e.g. adjust colors or whatever. The biggest downside to the TeoreX image editing programs IMHO are the somewhat simplistic tools they include, though they get the job done. The biggest upside, besides being on GOTD, is their small size & almost portable nature, so you really have nothing to lose by giving them a shot. They're not always the best solution, depending on your goals, but when what you want to do fits within their capabilities they do a very decent job.

* * *

#26: "Will I lose the earlier version if I download and install this latest version."

What I generally do, FWIW, is rename the existing Inpaint.exe file, or move it to a subfolder, then add the new. So far [knock wood] the newer keys [which replace the old] have always continued to work with older versions.

* * *

#35: "But I could live with the above. But not the dark background YOU CAN’T CHANGE."

Admittedly some apps use this simply because it's in vogue for image editing software, but behind it all there is a reason... What you see on screen is effected by the ambient light & by any surrounding colors. It's just the way peoples' *visual hardware* works. 50% gray is neutral, so has no effects. I'll let you make up your own mind about if backgrounds darker than gray are useful, same as I'll let you decide if going full-screen helps by blocking out often colorful wallpaper, or if it's simply an oversight in the software's code.


As far as any debate over when/where to use seam carving &/or inpainting vs. regular painting [& yes that includes copy or cut & paste, i.e. clone stamp tools], it depends on the job at hand. Remember also that there's no hard & fast rule against using both methods on the same project, for example using clone tools to touch up some areas that in this case Inpaint didn't manage quite as perfectly.

Clone tools sample a part of the image and use it as the paint with a brush or air brush. It can take a bit of expertise &/or artistry to hide the fact that you used them from someone with a good eye -- that's because our brains are very good at recognizing patterns & contrasts, so you have to take care that your painting blends in. That only gets harder if the camera used takes pictures with a lot of noise -- zoom in & you'll see it. Many image editors nowadays also have healing brush features, sometimes included with their cloning toolset -- they look at the area around where you're painting & try to blend everything -- and that can help.

Software like Inpaint stretches or repeats the background on a much larger scale, often making it much faster than the more tedious painting with a clone tool, & usually working much better when you have some sort of pattern to match -- the best example I can think of at the moment is grass, which can be really hard to match or blend in with a traditional clone brush. Where something like Inpaint is weakest is when the image background is complex -- you need to be able to tell the software where to look for the image data it will use to fill in the area you're patching. Inpaint has tools to help with this, but they're not always enough -- in those cases you can cut out a section of the image to work with, which is easier when similar tools or plugins are part of image editing software.

One of the comments [#24] talks about an example on the Inpaint site -- http://www.theinpaint.com/inpaint-how-to-change-donor-area.html .If it were me, the way I'd approach it I think would be to do a crop, with the right side approximately lining up with the right edge of the building. Then on that cropped image I'd very quickly use Inpaint to get rid of the person in the background + any portion of the guy in blue. Back in whatever image editor I'd very quickly mask the blue clothes of the guy on the left [with that color being unique in the image it would be very fast & easy], increase that mask to include everything but the building & shrub area [probably using rectangular & freehand selection tools], copy that to a layer, putting the fixed partial image on a layer directly beneath it. More steps, but each of them very, very quick, using both Inpaint's & the image editor's strengths, avoiding their weaknesses, with the goal of completing the total project as fast as possible.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

(1) Do I need to uninstall my 5.6 version before installing this version?
(2) What are the features/improvements that are included in this upgrade to this 6.0 version?

Reply   |   Comment by NWgator  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Installed on my Win 7 64 bit laptop and works great. Thanks for the new updated version.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ mumu #38

Thank you for your effort & your comment.

Todays GiveAway works well with a diffuse background, bright sky, sand, sea, water, leaves. When it comes to a structured background, where the eye expects, that a straight line is continuing, or a window/door sits on the right place in a building or my previously mentioned wall with bricks, than every "automation" is lost - or you really put high efforts in defining the background with an artificial recognition.


Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

hi friends,
I am new to GOTD, I wonder anyone could assist me.

I am looking for a 3D photo-viewer or editor.

Thanking you in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I'm in the real estate business. I have used InPaint for years to correct or clean up photos of homes, remove unwanted animals or people or the missed trash can. InPaint has saved me many trips back to the property for a redo There is none better.

Thanks GOWOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by JR Of Florida  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Thanks very much! installed fine over ver. 5.6, WinXP-PRO-SP3

Reply   |   Comment by Eldad  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I have two earlier versions on InPaint. It isn't an application that I use every day, but it's wonderful to have when needed. Ir is easy to understand, easy to use, and never lets me down.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@5 Freddie Weeks

Did you closed the program?
After closing start Activate? Maybe run this as Administrator

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Karl - let´s see my doing with your example:


Not bad, but
cloning in photofiltre (yes! not photoshop) gives this result :

So, yes Karl, if one is used to a cloning tool, it seems t be more simple and gives better results!


Reply   |   Comment by Mumu  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Inpaint 6.0 is an amazingly easy software to use. You might think it compromises on quality but it doesn't. Its professional all the way and today its free! Photoshop does this too but its not half as easy as this app makes it seem. Gimp is good but it has a learning curve too. So people who wanna chuck the hard work and get right down to business, this one's for you.

P.S : PS & Gimp are highly professional and hence provide better final result than Inpaint provides, but its surely narrowing the difference.

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron Farnsworth  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Downloaded and (self) registered on my winXP 32 without any problems.
Have had a quick play with the program and it does as it claims. It's very good actually...I was able to remove some text from a picture and it did it without leaving any marks.
Thanks for the down load!

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Been a long time user of this wonderful sw. It has bettered itself with each version. I can wholeheartedly recommend this giveaway. You won't find a better one, unless you are proficient in GIMP or PS. Grab this while its still on. Giveaway's cannot get better than this!!
Thanks gotd and teorex.

Reply   |   Comment by Lisbeth Marquis  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hope this provides some respite from the vile Photoshop. That thing is so damn difficult to understand! But it does provide some high quality results. From the reviews above I think I'll love Inpaint. Looks pretty simple, let me try it anyway. User experience in a few hours. Stay tuned.

Reply   |   Comment by Dorien Vader  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

I had reg problems too, I could run the install files direct from winrar, but needed to extract to a proper folder to run the activation .exeto activate properly - even though it said activated the first time
Working now .
Anyway looks better than an older version from a while ago ,

Reply   |   Comment by eddy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

@ Unkabob and Feasach:

No, if you´ll install (this) new version in a separate directory eg "Inpaint 6.0"
your previous versions won´t be touched.


Reply   |   Comment by Mumu  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I, too, totally love this program. As a "senior" newbie, with no drawing skills, I got superb results; especially removing a person from a group watching waves on a beach, and putting two others in front of a rocky seawall. Took some fussing, but it was great fun. I'd post them but they're on an old computer with a previous Inpaint download.
So a big "Thank you" to Teorex and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Monty  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

YES, you can!

As comment 7. ouialaraison described:

Inpainting without changing the area from which you want to replace:

Inpainting with changing the area from which you want to replace:


not so steep learning curve...
Very good program, I liked it since I tested it first...


Reply   |   Comment by Mumu  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

I totally love this program and use it every day and the Only thing that always bothered me was the lack of resizing the window, so im thrilled that this offer has come again with the feature i most wanted... TYVM! for this gift, you made my day :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Vivena  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

This is my very first download on GOTD. I'm not very technically oriented. It was easy. I tried Inpaint out on some power lines that had 'spoiled' a pic I had taken. So easy! Looks so good! I love it!

Reply   |   Comment by Liz Dorman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

@ Unkabob: Similar question regarding my existing version 5.6 since Jan 9th 2014. Will I lose the earlier version if I download and install this latest version.


Reply   |   Comment by Feasach  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Great program this. I had a picture that I loved but had a big pole thing in the middle and lasso just didn't do it, but this did.

Reply   |   Comment by thenbman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Works well, as ever, with telephone lines and power lines on backgrounds of consistent tonality. Doesn't work well with people removal regardless of the claims made for it or this especially unbelievable example:


an exercise I have been entirely unable to replicate (and I've spent years, post-processing digital images.)

By default, the 'donor area' (the area from which pixels are cloned) is too wide; it's then necessary to not only "paint out" the primary selection but also "paint out" the donor area -- clunky, seeing as how earlier versions of this app (if I remember aright) used Ctrl and mouse to expand or contract that area.

GUI has been enhanced and it's now slightly reminiscent of Photoshop but the tools have performed (in my test) with nothing like the same accuracy or dependability: though Magic Wand and Lassoo are terms straight out of the Adobe vocabulary, the algorithms used most certainly aren't.

For simple tasks which don't require much in the way of sustained effort (like power line removal, where the sky is the 'donor area') then it's good at what it does.

For anything more ambitious though, the time required to actually accomplish a transformation is painfully long, necessitating the same amount of user input as would be involved with a Photoshop Clone Stamp -- the object for removal needs to magnified to the fullest possible; the object needs to be "erased" bit by bit; the 'donor area' itself needs to be repeatedly "painted over" to ensure that the algorithm complies with the tightest of parameters -- but with nothing like the same quality of result.

All in all, then, a not-too-bad commercial offering derived from original Open Source development by inventors of whom all those who come on here with gushing hype seem entirely unaware. For free, today's giveaway is a bargain. But don't expect it to be an Adobe-beater and don't expect it to replace a proper clone stamp. It won't.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

absolutely the best piece of s/w for this purpose. i cannot praise it enough and i have used it for years. i encourage anyone looking today to install it. many thanks to GAOTD and of course the developers for making it available to us.

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