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As an amateur photographer I know how hard it is to get that perfect picture. Countless times, over the years, I’ve ended up with the perfect shot only to have it spoiled by one small detail that if removed, would enhance the photo a great deal.
I’ve not had to remove Uncle Bob (who’s now out of favor with the family), or my ex-girlfriend from any photos, but that may well be because I’ve not had the time, the patience, or the appropriate software that made it easy to do the job.
PhotoShop of course, is a terrific software for all sorts of photo manipulation, including removing unwanted objects from photos. The downside with PhotoShop is the learning curve is particularly steep. As well, PhotoShop is definitely at the upper end of the price range for software, and probably out of reach of the average user.
Recently I came across a great little (1.5MB), free Windows application that may just change my mind on getting rid of Uncle Bob. PhotoWipe, developed by Hanov Solutions, is a basic photo editing tool that makes it easy to get rid of unwanted elements from photos.
Using PhotoWipe doesn’t require that the user learn a complicated process.
All you need to do is:
- Open the image to be worked on.
- Paint over the parts to be removed black, (Uncle Bob for example), using one of the brushes which are available in a number of sizes.
- If you make a mistake you can use the eraser tool to correct your error.
- Use the built in preview viewer to check your work.
- Save your new file.
Take a look at the bars in the cage before, and after, applying the removal effect.
PhotoWipe does a good job when removing, or repairing, minor elements within a photo, so don’t expect miracles. Even so, it should be part of every amateur photographer’s image editing toolbox.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista