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Mark's Quick Gimp Tip & Double Take


Did you ever need to remove an object from a photo and found yourself using the clone tool for endless hours? The process involves grabbing various bits of background elements and overlaying/cloning them onto the foreground. Well, the Gimp plug-in called Resynthesize comes to the rescue! And the great news is, it's available in the PCLOS repository! Once installed, you're just a couple of clicks away from modifying images in a revolutionary way. In the example below, I was able to remove an entire building and have background elements redrawn automatically. It's seamless. Simply select the element you want removed, then go to Filters>Map>Resynthesize. In the new pop-up window you can accept the default settings or tweak them a bit by varying the sample of neighboring horizontal and vertical pixels. Click Okay and the plug-in does the rest!

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