The GIMP: Content Aware Fill like in Adobe Photoshop CS5

08/08/2010 at 10:58 am Plaats een reactie

This article applies to: Ubuntu 9.10, Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint Isadora, and maybe to the Windows version of GIMP. Ubuntu and most Linux Desktop distributions include a recent  version of GIMP. Both Ubuntu and the GIMP are available at no cost at all. The Windows version of GIMP is available at .

I use the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a lot for picture editing. Now sometimes, a picture has items that I do not want to appear on the picture. Think of, e.g., some text that I would like to wipe out of the picture, or whatever other element. With the to-date most recent, closed-source, commercial competitor of the GIMP, Photoshop CS5, you have an new option called Content-Aware Fill-in. Now the  big question is of course: do we have the same option in Ubuntu (or Linux Mint) with GIMP?

The answer is: no, it’s not there by default…and yes, for Ubuntu,  it’s available and installable in just a couple of clicks, and it has absolutely exactly the same effect. It’s a plugin for the GIMP that you install through System -> Administration -> Synaptic. In the search box, just search for Gimp Resynthesizer, by filling in “resynt” in the search box. Install the software.

synaptic install gimp resynthesizer

synaptic install gimp resynthesizer

Next, in GIMP, check that you have the following option: Filters -> Projections -> Resynthesize

Now to show that it has really absolutely  the same effect, I decided to do with GIMP  exactly what is shown as a feature on the Adobe site with the product information of Photoshop CS5:  a man, standing with his back to a wall, has to disappear in the  final picture. Just check out that the effect is really absolutely the same, by clicking on  gimp resynthesize (PDF file, created with The only thing I had to do was tweak a bit one parameter, as shown in the demonstration.

For  tutorials, just Google with the keywords: gimp resynthesizer tutorial, there’s plenty of them out there.

An excellent tutorial can be found by clicking on this link.

Check out this Resynthesize feature, it’s truly amazing!!!


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