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Old 12-04-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default picture editing software - need to blur or remove faces

What is a simple program that will quickly edit photos?

I have been using paint and it is ok.

I do real estate appraisals, and that means you turn in reports with interior pictures.

It is illegal to include pictures which have within them, pictures of people. There is some sort of convoluted racial fairness reasoning behind it.

Let's say I have a photo of a kitchen, and in the kitchen on the fridge are pictures of people. I have to get rid of the pictures on the fridge. So, I have to open that picture in paint, and cover the picture with a circle or a rectangle.

It would look a bit better, and probably be a little faster, if there were a program that would just blur an area near where I click. Maybe it would have a couple of options to change the amount of blur and the radius of the circle.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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Take the pics off the fridge before taking the photo and presto, no software needed.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Take the pics off the fridge before taking the photo and presto, no software needed.
Can't do it. Other people's houses. Also, sometimes I have to fix pictures other people have taken.
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Use the smudge tool in Gimp. Gimp is free.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #6
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Google Picasa
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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I have Picasa, and I assume it would be a feature; however, it is either no longer a feature, or the menu has changed.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:44 AM   #8
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Blur tool anyone?
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Use the smudge tool in Gimp. Gimp is free.
I second this. GIMP has a pretty high learning curve for some of its features, but the smudge tool is very simple to use.
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Use the smudge tool in Gimp. Gimp is free.
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I second this. GIMP has a pretty high learning curve for some of its features, but the smudge tool is very simple to use.
He said he wants to blur some photos not learn how to use some kind of Linux emulation garbage for one program with an awful interface (That's what "learning curve" is code for)
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do you work on mobile? there are plenty of apps that do just that. for example, Nudifier: http://nudifier.com/
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He said he wants to blur some photos not learn how to use some kind of Linux emulation garbage for one program with an awful interface (That's what "learning curve" is code for)
That's why I said it's a high learning curve for some of its features. The blur tool in GIMP is not one of those features. It is extremely easy to use, and GIMP is certainly not "some kind of Linux emulation garbage". It is a free photo editor that, while not as good as Photoshop in some ways, is very powerful and more than enough for most people that aren't willing/able to pay the cost of a Photoshop license.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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He said he wants to blur some photos not learn how to use some kind of Linux emulation garbage for one program with an awful interface (That's what "learning curve" is code for)
Recent versions of gimp are easy to install and use on Windows. I suppose one could run gimp on Windows using a Linux emulator but I just use the Windows version instead. IMHO, the gimp interface is better than Photoshop's for many simple tasks and it's free.

Here's the link to the Windows install for gimp:
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:28 PM   #15
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My guess is that an older older version of Paintshop Pro will do what you want and cost very little.
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He said he wants to blur some photos not learn how to use some kind of Linux emulation garbage for one program with an awful interface (That's what "learning curve" is code for)
GNU refers to the licensing. Which means its free.

Learning curve? File...Open.... click smudge tool, smudge away. Took longer to type up this post,
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"Linux Emulation Garbage"?

Is your vaunted Sony camera a similar example of "Nikon emulation garbage"? I thought so. :-)
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:57 AM   #18
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You can try InPaint : http://www.theinpaint.com/

I got their free giveaway some time back, so dunno if the Trial version allows you to save changes.

Does work well, though - it does a decent job of completely removing an object from a picture without it appearing as a smudge. If you need it a lot, might be worth paying for it.

Their tutorials are a must - their on-program help is non-existent.
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Just remember another good free one:

http://www.getpaint.net/

"Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins."
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I second this. GIMP has a pretty high learning curve for some of its features, but the smudge tool is very simple to use.
Like anything else in life you need to actually learn how to use it before its useable.

I also highly recommend gimp. If you get stuck on how to use it then do a quick youtube search for the function you need to learn...for learning how to use the blur tool it will take you a whole 3 minutes.
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He said he wants to blur some photos not learn how to use some kind of Linux emulation garbage for one program with an awful interface (That's what "learning curve" is code for)
WOW throck, I mean just WOW.
Heres what learning curve means...
It means I can use both photoshop and gimp fairly easily because I took time to learn it but cant get a single thing done in Lightroom because I never took time to practice it even though its supposedly quicker for basic edits.
It means that i can use windows and can get whatever I want done in the matter of seconds but am clueless about Mac.
It means windows 7 phone and android are very easy for me to use but give me a iphone and i dont even know how to go back to the previous page without having to start all over again from the homescreen. Even though iphone is supposed to be the simplest phone out there to use.

So Throck i think its more about what im used to using and what ive taken the time to learn rather than one system being "terrible" to use.
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InPaint is perfect for my needs and costs $20.
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Gimp is free and can do what you want and more...but its up to you in the end
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