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Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos

Arkie 22 Oct 12 - 02:06 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Oct 12 - 10:04 AM
Bill D 23 Oct 12 - 10:47 AM
Arkie 23 Oct 12 - 01:32 PM
GUEST,Desi C 23 Oct 12 - 01:37 PM
Arkie 31 Oct 12 - 11:26 AM
GUEST,Auldtimer 31 Oct 12 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,BobL 01 Nov 12 - 04:09 AM
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Subject: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: Arkie
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 02:06 PM

Does anyone use Photoupz or similar software to erase unwanted objects or watermarks from photos? I have software that allows removal with a clone tool, but software now coming on the market supposedly does this task much faster. Photoupz has a free trial version that allows one to test it without a save option. I played with it for about an hour starting with simple removals to more complex ones. I thought the result with simple erasures was about as good as I could do with the clone and was much faster. With more complex and changing backgrounds the job was trickier but with a little practice seemed to go pretty well. At $20 it seemed like it might be a good investment. Much better than $50 for software tried previously. And Zoner did not provide the erasure tool test with the free trial.

Just curious if others have tried this and what they think.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 10:04 AM

Haven't tried it, but I'm intrigued. Thanks for posting.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: Bill D
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 10:47 AM

For the next few hours (16 as I type)... InPaint is free It says it will do what you want.

That site offers pay programs free if downloaded & installed within 24 hours.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: Arkie
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 01:32 PM

Bill, thanks for the info on InPaint. I had not seen that in several searches. I did download and try it out. It works very much like Photoupz with almost identical tools. While in my limited use it seemed Photoupz was a bit more precise, at a difference of $20 I was willing to give InPaint a chance. However, when registration was on the line they wanted payment. I am not sure where the "giveaway" promoted on the download page went. The website indicated 13 more hours on the giveaway.   Since the initial posting I have also tried Photowipe which is freeware. This seemed a perfect example of you get what you pay for and I have wiped it off my computer. It was usable but nowhere near as useful to me as InPaint or Photoupz.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 01:37 PM

I have a similar tool which came free on my new computer, it's part of the Windows media package


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: Arkie
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 11:26 AM

Update. It seems that Photoupz and Inpaint may actually be the same software but with a few minor differences. This observation is based on two things. One, the tools are almost identical. Second, the manual for Photoupz refers to the tools as the "Inpaint marker icon" and the "Inpaint Guiding Line Icon". However, Photoupz contains a sharpening tool that I have found to be, though simple, very effective. It also contains a re-sizing tool that works quite well. I think the Inpaint software I have tried is an earlier version. It only includes the erasure tools which do work quite well. I thought that both programs handled the erasure and fill functions very well. Some cases better than others, and in all cases were much faster than the clone tools in other software I am using. There are some projects where I may have to use the clone tool for a little cleanup, but I am a satisfied customer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 01:05 PM

I use Photoshop Elements at around £60 ( when I got it ) it is the real deal.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: GUEST,BobL
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 04:09 AM

I took advantage of a cut-price deal on Photoshop Elements a few years back, and found it did everything I needed of it - as Auldtimer said, the real deal. HOWEVER... after a year or so it suddenly stopped working, on one machine after another, for no obvious reason. I figured there must have been an incompatible update to Windows. Adobe weren't able to help as it was an old version, no longer supported (hence of course the cut-price offer).

I'd cough up the full whack for the current version, but I have this niggling feeling - how long would it be before the same thing happened again?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Photoupz - Erase objects from photos
From: MikeL2
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 07:34 AM

hi bob

I am surprised by your experience of Photoshop Elements.

I have been using Photoshop for years starting with the "full blown CS series".

But the price of the upgrades were making it very expensive so I went for Photoshop Elements 5 which was actually cheaper than upgrading my CS version.

Since then I have been using Elements with no real problems. I use it on 3 computers - using XP, Vista and Windows 7. I have had no problems at all. Mind you I do buy upgrades occasionally.

In fact I have just upgraded to Elements 11 on my Windows 7 computer and am delighted with it.

Cheers

MikeL2


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