With the Digital Whisper group’s challenges, Kimmie posts a new image every Sunday. I have really been inspired by some of them. (DW is an invite only group, but, if anyone would like to give them a try, e-mail me and I will happily send an invite to you.) Here is a recent one I worked with. We started out with the image of the bridge. This is where I went with it:
Here is the original image by Asif Akbar of India and the extracted cage.
I extracted the cage so I could alter the door on it.
I thought the cage was the perfect image for ‘freedom’. I used masking and the clone tool to change the cage door from being closed to being open. It was good experience for me. The challenges are fantastic! And, here is that piece that I did:
The text says, “White Bird Must Fly or She Will Die”, a verse from that song. I’m not real sure about the song’s meaning, but, hey, I think it goes without saying that we have to live life and experience all it has to offer us – good or bad.
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but, I don’t have that much money to spring for the new version, CS5. As much as I would adore having it, I must be sensible. I must! I must! LOL So, I had resigned myself to the fact that my ‘clone tool’ was going to have to do the job, if and when, I need to remove an object from an image. Which, actually, is more often than I realized. Well! Let me tell you! Just the other day, I stumbled upon a peachy little program that performs a function with results much as the new Photoshop’s tool has.
Inpaint is a program that will remove an object from an image. Plain and simple.
Doesn’t that sound cool?! I tried it myself and it really did the trick. I used an image of a Monte Verde Toad, from P D Images.com. Below, I show the before shot and the final image. Not too shabby! What impressed me most of all were the reviews I read on it at Giveaway of the Day.com. From several comments it appeared the program went over very well. Many said it was quicker than Adobe’s newest feature. Though the program is no longer available for free at the Giveaway of the Day website, you can still download it for free at the Teorex.com site. Here are my results:
Visual by www.PDImages.com
What this little jewel does is it recognize the pixels bordering an area you mark off with a ‘selection tool’. Then, all you do is click ‘Run’ and watch it go! It will remove the pixels you want out and replace them by matching similar pixels from that surrounding area you marked off. In the image of the frog, above, his foot touches the edge of the image. That may be why that corner of the ‘after’ image is a little discolored. It still looks quite natural. I experimented with several images and this one turned out good. Another image that I tried was of a solid blue sky with the tower Big Ben over to one side. It didn’t fill in with the blue quite as it I had hoped. It got darker down near the bottom. I realize, however, that the tower touched the bottom edge of the image. There were no pixels, or very few, for the program to ‘copy’. That, and the fact that, in the sky, there were numerous color variations. So, in my humble opinion, I should try to use this tool away from the very edge of images from here on out.
I’m sure you can imagine how sweet it would be to have this tool. You could remove your ex from all those great shots of you. Or, perhaps, take an unsightly sign, or some trash, for example, from an otherwise great shot. Um, I guess that is all the same thing as removing one’s ex. ROFL!!!! You could remove about anything from an image. Inpaint is a free program, however, in order to register it and be able to save your images, there is a fee. It is very reasonable, though, particularly when you consider your options. There are a couple of license options for you to choose from, personal and business. Both are very reasonably priced! Finally, I might add, there is also a way for you to get it for free which is not bad, at all. I’ll let you find that out for yourselves at Teorex.com. LOL
I’d like to take a minute to mention the “Giveaway of the Day” website. If you sign up for daily e-mails, you get daily featured product offers which are always free for that day only – 24 hours. They offer some awesome programs, with honest reviews, plus reader comments, to help you decide if you want it or not. The folks posting there are brutally honest. They give it a whirl and give their feedback. But, isn’t that what we want? I’ve gotten quite a few really nice ‘must have’ programs for free. I should let you know that the programs, though free, come with no support. It is but a small concession for all I have received. Inpaint was one of them.
Both of these are CU and completely free to do what ever your little heart desires. TOU’s are included in file. Thank you for being so good to, and for me!