[Digikam-users] Inpainting filter

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 12:40:51 GMT 2013

Hi all,

I agree that inpainting tool is in failure.

This is due to unmaintained CImg framework used inside where some
regressions are appears. Tools relevant must be ported to Gmic library
instead. This include Inpainting and Restoration tools (this last one
work fine here).

The simplest solution will be to remove inpainting tool as well from
digiKam core until code is ported to GMic. We need a student to work
on it. I have tried to give this project to a guy this summer without


Gilles Caulier

2013/12/11 Carl McGrath <cmcgrath5035 at comcast.net>:
> Thanks Anders. From your description, sounds like intent is similar to
> RedEye removal, with greater color selection.
> I tend to use GIMP for both Red Eye and InPainting, primarily because I have
> more issues with flash reflection than red eye.
> I have Krita loaded as well, may give it a try.
> On 12/11/2013 05:53 AM, Anders Lund wrote:
>> On Tirsdag den 10. december 2013 19:06:36, Carl McGrath wrote:
>>> I run Dk3.5.0 on openSUSE 12.3/KDE 4.11.4
>>> Took me a while to find inpainting - it is a tool when edit sub-process
>>> is open.
>>> I selected an area and "try" - got no useful response, just like Anders.
>>> Maybe it would crash if I waited long enough?
>> I believe the idea behind inpainting is something like the healing brush
>> in
>> krita (or that other image editing app out) - use the surroundings to
>> cover an
>> area that sticks out, like a spot or zit or ridge.
>> Maybe I am wrong when saying crash, inpaint rather disables digikam, it
>> sometimes goes into an infinite, blocking state of doing nothing, with
>> busy
>> cursor on. My only solution to that is to kill the digikam process.
>> The digikam manual contains an example of using inpainting, which is
>> exactly
>> similar to what I want to achieve, but I NEVER made it work.
>> I have to say that I have given up on trying to use this plugin. I try to
>> learn to use krita instead, which offers a lot more options, such as
>> filter
>> masks, layers etc.
>> If you'd like to use krita for retouching, look at the options for the
>> "duplicate" brush, which apart from dumb cloning have a "healing" option
>> that
>> can be enabled for very handy behavior with photos.
>> I'm yet to find out how using krita will affect metadata handling.
>> Anders
>>> On 12/10/2013 06:55 AM, Anders Lund wrote:
>>>> Hi list,
>>>> Can anyone make the inpainting filter do anything? Once in a while, I
>>>> try
>>>> to use this to remove a zit, a dust spot or some other small annoyance
>>>> in
>>>> a photo. But it never does anything useful. Currently, it often crashes
>>>> digikam.
>>>> What I try to do is, straight ahead: Select an area with a spot, select
>>>> the
>>>> "remove small artefact", and press "try". I never get a usable result,
>>>> as
>>>> indicated in the manual.
>>>> A sample of a typical selection is attached.
>>>> Any demonstration of a succesfull use of this tool would be very
>>>> wellcome,
>>>> the more detailled the better.
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