Removing an object using gimp

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jennifer Murphy, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Is there an easy way to remove an object from a photo using gimp?

    I tried a couple of youtube tutorials that use the clone, heal, and
    smudge tool. They work OK if the background if fairly uniform and
    lacks detail.

    I tried it with a photo that has a lamp cord over a bookshelf. The
    bookshelf is in the background and if fairly fuzzy, but I could not
    get it to blend so that the missing cord is not still noticeable.

    One website recommended a tool called the resynthesizer. It looks like
    what i need, but I couldn't figure out how to download and install it
    on my WinXP system. Can someone help me find and install a windows

    Jennifer Murphy, Jun 12, 2011
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  2. I think I located the proper "binary" for the resynthesizer. I found
    it here:

    I downloaded the zip file ( When I unzipped
    it, I got 2 folders containing what appear to be one executable and 2


    My GIMP installation created this folder structure:

    \Program Files

    I see a *plug-ins* folder at \GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins with a
    bunch of .exe files. Do I move *resynth.exe* there?

    I see a *scripts* folder at \GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts with a
    bunch of .scm files. Do I move the 2 .scm files there?

    Jennifer Murphy, Jun 12, 2011
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  3. Jennifer Murphy

    Ofnuts Guest

    Yes, that should work, but may require admin priviledges to do.

    You can also put them in "c:\Documents and Settings\{your
    id}\.gimp-2.6\plugins" and "c:\Documents and Settings\{your

    For general Gimp questions, better ask in or in
    the various Gimp web forums (GimpUsers, GimpTalk, GimpForums, Gimpchat
    amonng others) or in the gimp-user mailing list. For non-standard
    plugins, better find the authors unless they are so popular that
    everyone has got some experience with them.
    Ofnuts, Jun 12, 2011
  4. Thanks, I got it working.
    Jennifer Murphy, Jun 12, 2011
  5. Jennifer Murphy

    bugbear Guest

    Welcome to the world of retouch! Some tasks are easy, some hard,
    it's a whole world.

    To (not) answer your particular question; it depends
    on the object and the background.

    bugbear, Jun 13, 2011
  6. Jennifer Murphy

    tony cooper Guest

    Cloning is only one way to replace an area. A section copied of
    another area with the same content, a paste to a new layer, the new
    layer under a duplicate of the basic image, and a layer mask treatment
    of the basic image to allow the copied area to show through often
    works better than cloning.

    The above works in Photoshop so I assume it will work in Gimp.
    tony cooper, Jun 14, 2011
  7. Jennifer Murphy

    Savageduck Guest

    With CS5 "Content Aware" fill or clone works surprisingly well in most,
    but not all circumstances.

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    Savageduck, Jun 14, 2011
  8. Jennifer Murphy

    tony cooper Guest

    I have CS4, not CS5. The poster, as far as I know, has only Gimp.
    tony cooper, Jun 14, 2011
  9. I clone onto a new layer, essentially always, to preserve
    stuff and allow me to rework. Yes, other ways of finding
    replacement content are also very useful. I tend towards
    lassoing something, layer-by-copy, touch up the edges,
    rotate and reposition. Having my copies not oriented
    the same seems to help a lot in people not spotting them.

    I don't believe I'm a professional-level Photoshop artist,
    either. (Amateur photographer, pretty good at post-
    processing for realistic photos, though.)
    I don't recall that Gimp has layer masks, but I primarily use
    Photoshop myself, I only look into Gimp now and then
    for my general fund of knowledge (and sometimes to use
    at work; I'm a software guy, but when web stuff needs
    graphics I sometimes do that currently, since we're
    not a web company and don't have designers on staff).
    So I could be out of date, or just wrong.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jun 14, 2011
  10. Jennifer Murphy

    tony cooper Guest

    I go further than that. I always work on a duplicate layer of the
    original ("Background Copy"), but I only go so far with something like
    cloning where extensive adjustments are necessary.

    I'll do some basic cloning to the point where I'm satisfied with the
    progress so far. Then it's Control-J and continue on a new layer.
    This ensures that I don't lose what I'm satisfied with if later
    adjustments are not satisfactory.

    When an adjustment layer is used, I do the same thing, but holding
    down "Alt" while clicking "Layer > Merge Visible". This gives me a
    new layer that is not an adjustment layer without flattening the
    entire image.
    tony cooper, Jun 14, 2011
  11. Jennifer Murphy

    sid Guest

    David Dyer-Bennet wrote:

    yes, it will
    yes, it does

    sid, Jun 14, 2011
  12. Jennifer Murphy

    no_one_cares Guest

    It would be good if you'd post the photo so we could see it,
    or upload it to Flickr and post the link.

    That said, sometimes you have to change the opacity of the
    clone tool and reduce the opacity of the smudge tool in order to make
    it's edges not so distinct that the background would be obvious as
    having been worked on.

    Post the photo in as hi-res a version as possible (better here
    than on Flickr I think), and we'll see what we can advise.
    no_one_cares, Jun 15, 2011
  13. Jennifer Murphy

    John Turco Guest

    As <isn't a "binaries" newsgroup, pictures
    should >never< be posted to it. It's meant for text-based messages,
    John Turco, Jun 30, 2011
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