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1.3 The Inpainting Tool

With the Inpainting tool, you can easily make objects disappear from your images. In this lesson I’ll show you how to use it.

1.3 The Inpainting Tool

[MUSIC] Hi, welcome back to Affinity Photo Live filters and Inpainting. In this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to use the Inpainting Tool. The Inpainting Tool in Affinity Photo allows you to remove objects from an image and have it look like it was never even there. The easiest way to communicate what this tool does is just to show you. Okay, so in this image you can see that we have a pencil lying up the back of the image here. Now, let's say for whatever reason, you need to remove this pencil from this image. What we can do is go down here and select the Inpainting Tool. Just highlight the pencil. Give it a second to think. And hey, presto, it's gone. Let's have another example. In this image here, let's say for some reason or another, you need to remove these people here. So once again, we can just draw right over the top of these people with our Inpainting Tool, give it a second to reprocess. And they're gone. And we can do the same thing up the back here with these extra people. And gone, just like that. So at first when I saw this tool I was kind of gobsmacked to be honest because it does the job so quickly and so effectively that I kind of wasn't sure exactly what was going on. But when you have a look at this a little bit closer what you realize is that it actually works a lot like the Clone Tool that you'll been familiar with from multiple different applications. When you're touching up an image, you use the Clone Tool, or the Clone Stamp Tool, to select one part of an image, and then to copy that image onto the area that you're painting out. The Inpainting Tool automates this process for you. It looks at the area that you've highlighted and it looks at the area around the space that you've highlighted. And it figures out the best possible duplication that it can do to try and make the highlighted space look as though it's just been removed like it was sitting on a layer, on it's own, above the entire image the whole time. And it's also kind of important to understand that is how this tool works because you can run into some hiccups where it's not gonna work a hundred percent like magic the first time every time. So let's have a look at this example here. So we've got a few little people here, and we're going to use the Inpainting Tool to remove them. So we'll highlight the first person and they're gone. And we'll grab the second person, and now you can see that this person here has been duplicated over here. And that's because of that Clone Stamp-like functionality. Now almost all the time, if you see something like this happen when you're using the Inpainting Tool, all you'll need to do is just go over the area again. And the second time, it's very likely that it's gonna work. So then you can continue on, Removing all of the little people one by one. Now another thing to bear in mind, we'll just put all those changes back. Sometimes if you come at your Inpainting from one angle, it might not work, so you can just try it from the other direction. For example, if we were to start on the right here, It's not gonna work as well. And the solution to that, Is to simply to start from another angle. So that is how you use the Inpainting Tool in Affinity Photo. It's absolutely exceptional for removing objects out of your scene. You don't have the need to do all of that manual work when you're making edits and touch-ups. You can just grab your Inpainting Tool, highlight the area you're trying to get rid of, and let it do the work for you. So that wraps up this Coffee Break Course on Affinity Photo's Live Filter Layers and Inpainting. Please join me in the last video. I'll just quickly recap what you've learned through this Coffee Break Course and give you a little bit of a preview on what's coming up in the next installation. I'll see you there.

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