Photoshop-Free Method for Removing Objects from Photos

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techno.rentetan.com – Photoshop isn’t required to get rid of distracting elements from your images. It’s frustrating to take a picture that you think is wonderful just to discover there’s an undesired object in the frame. If a stranger accidently photobombed your picture, it’s possible that you didn’t see the massive coffee stain on your shirt. However, there is a free solution you may try first before turning to Photoshop.

Photoshop is something I’ve tried before, but I’m not very good at. When it came to editing, I could manage the simple stuff, but anything more involved took forever. To use it now, I’d have to combine haphazard hacking and pressure on my pocketbook because I no longer have the program. “There’s got to be a better way,” says every infomercial ever.

Cleanup.pictures is a free tool for removing clutter from your photos

If you’re in the same boat, or you just like a good photo hack, you should have a look at cleanup.pictures. In fact, cleanup.pictures is a must-see for everyone. As a useful tool for eliminating undesired elements from your images, it’s also a show-stopping illusion. It’s so effective that you’ll want to use it on every shot you take, always questioning whether or not the blemish will be removed.

These days, there aren’t many applications or features that really take my breath away, but the first time I tried cleanup.pictures, I let out an audible “Holy crap!” (apologies to my neighbors). A picture that was laying around on my computer’s hard drive was the first thing I attempted. So, I ran the tool to see if it could get rid of the art piece in the front while keeping the weirdly shaped structure in the backdrop in tact To remove an item from a photo, all you have to do is use the brush tool to draw an outline around it.

Photo: Jake Peterson

Because of my low expectations, this procedure disappointed me greatly. Look at it this way: a bizarre piece of art obscures the view of a bizarre glass structure. I’m not sure a free online program would be able to remove the obliterated cube from this image just by sketching an outline around it…

Holy shit!
Photo: Jake Peterson

It’s not flawless, but I did set that a challenging challenge, so it’s to be expected. However, if you sent this photo to a friend without showing them the original, they might not notice anything strange about it. It’s true that the glass structure appears to be exactly as it should; the only flaws here are the lamp post and the art piece’s foundation, both of which blend into the backdrop well enough to be overlooked by most people.

What’s the deal with cleanup.pictures?

It’s easy to mistake cleanup.pictures for magic, but it’s really just computer science. Created by ClipDrop, this online tool makes advantage of Samsung’s AI Lab’s large mask inpainting (LaMa), which analyzes your photo and “redraws” the region around the deleted object. It uses the information in your photo to fill in the blanks as best it can using models the system was trained on.

Your results may vary depending on the sort of problem you present to cleanup.pictures, but you may find that the online software does an enough job to avoid bothering your Photoshop-savvy buddy. Although Cleanup.pictures isn’t yet ready to take the place of human editing talents, I believe it will be soon.

If you’re a fan of Google’s Pixel phones, this function will sound familiar: it’s called Magic Eraser. If you purchase one of those phones, the camera app will include a cleanup.pictures option as standard. It only goes to show how quickly artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are making “pro” tools more easily accessible. Aside from a trained eye, most people couldn’t tell that our photographs were not taken with high-end DSLR cameras because of Portrait Mode. A similar argument can be made with cleanup.pictures. So, why spend money on high-end software or hardware if the free alternative is enough for the majority of us?