Free Photoshop CS5 Content-Aware Fill with the GIMP
In the past few days the guys of Adobe are showing the new features and tools of their Creative Suite CS5, which will be released in April 12. Well, one of the most commented new features is the so called Content-Aware Fill that can identify and replace pixels from the image, and recreate areas of the photo that would need a lot of hand editing to become perfect. At the video below we can take a look on a demo of the new technology presented by Bryan O'Neil Hughes product manager from Photoshop at Adobe. At the video we can see how easy is to erase, replace and fill any areas with the tool.
I don’t have to say how important a tool like this is for architectural visualization, because we can make adjustments and corrections in images, without the need of a new render. Imagine a project where you applied the wrong material or texture on a surface, and after a long render discover that you have to render it again. With a tool like this, we could work on the image to fix it.
It seems that this type of tool is not that new. In fact, we can find a similar tool in GIMP called Resynthesizer. The tool is a plugin for GIMP and can work in the exact same way as the Photoshop Content-Aware. To show the similarities, a few users are posting videos on Youtube using the same photos from Mr. Hughes demo, but using GIMP. Here is one of them:
The resolution of the image for this demo is lower than the one used for the Photoshop CS5 demo, but it’s a fair comparison. The conclusion is that we can get Content-Aware Fill or image Resynthesizer right now and for free with GIMP.
I have to confess myself, I wasn’t aware of this plugin for GIMP until I saw the video. Now, I wonder if we can remove furniture from an architectural visualization image with this tool. I will start to make a few tests, and will post the results here. Even before start, I already know that it will be a great help for architectural visualization.
update: If you want to download Resynthesizer, visit this link.