Not, it’s not always the quality of the photo. It’s what’s in the photo that you don’t want in the photo. Do you have photos of people you love that have people in the background? Got a photo with a telephone pole or moving traffic in the background? Do you wish there was an easy way to erase unwanted objects from a photo’s background?
Photoshop does just that but thanks to that ongoing subscription price tag, you pay for the privilege of using the app every day until you can’t point and click or you die; whichever comes first. There must be an easier, less expensive method to delete unwanted objects from the background of an otherwise decent photo?
Enter Inpaint, a cleverly designed Mac utility that does just that and a bit more. More? Not only does Inpaint erase unwanted objects from a photo’s background, but it can repair old photos and make them look better, and even get rid of pimples and wrinkles on your face. Provided your face is on the photo, of course.
The way Inpaint works is simple. Load up a photo that has an object to be removed. Grab the eraser tool, adjust the setting to match the object, trace over the object, click to erase. Easy, right?
Almost. It takes a steady hand to select just the area that needs to be removed, but practice is your friend.
What about repairing older photos? That works much the same way. Upload an old, scratchy, damaged photo from yesteryear, grab the tool to erase all the scruffy cruft from the photo, clean to clean up.
Easy peasy, right?
I suggest you try the Inpaint Tutorials area because it explains the basics for how to edit an object out of a photo, get rid of photo watermarks, even remove people from the background of a photo (date stamps, power lines and poles), and how to remove scratches and crinkles from old photos.
What about pimples and wrinkles?
It all works kinda sorta mostly the same way. Upload the photo to the app, select the tool to erase and touch the object you want to remove. Inpaint then fills in that space with pieces of the photo to it matches.
That means you don’t need Photoshop to remove unwanted objects from a photo. Inpaint does it for far less. Inpaint has been around awhile so it has received upgrades through the years. Negatives? Yeah. A few. First, it’s easy to try and use, but practice makes perfect so you may not get good results without some effort. Second, sometimes an Inpaint upgrade comes along– with a new price tag. At least you can download and try-before-you-buy.