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Installation and a practical example of the heal selection filter in Gimp

The Resynthesizer Plugin Suite contains a practical tool for Gimp that allows you to remove the objects in your pictures after covering them with the adjacent elements. In the post I describe a Linux installation procedure of the version 2, by compiling the source from GitHub or by executing an executable and an example of its use.

Gimp1 is a fantastic raster graphics editor, open source and available in many languages and platform. Indeed it is expandable and extensible; it is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions in order to improve its functionality. One of the most powerful is Resynthesizer Plugin Suite and its Heal selection filter: a useful feature designed for removing unwanted objects in images and can often be used to repair wider cracks, creases, and other large areas of damage.

Installation and a practical example of the heal selection filter in Gimp


The Resynthesizer Plugin Suite is open source and so there are two methods for installing it in your platform:

  1. by compiling it from the source in the GitHub repository;
  2. by packages that contains it and others plug-ins, scripts etc. for GIMP.


Although the main files are very old (updated 4 years ago), the GitHub repository contains the Version 2.0 that

it is a complete rewrite and is multithreaded. Otherwise, functionally the same except when compiled threaded it is nondeterministic. See ChangeLog for more discussion. From: bootchk/resynthesizer - GitHub

Assuming that you don’t have any older versions installed in your system you have to:

  • clone the GitHub repository or download and extract the zip in a folder;
  • build and install a clean distribution from the terminal:
            make install (or better...)
    manually copy the Python scripts in your ~/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/ directory and make them executable, otherwise they don't show up in the menu. Here are the list of files:


There are several collections of extensions for GIMP that provide the ability to choose which Plug-ins, Scripts, Brushes, etc, that you want to install with a fast setup starting from an executable. Some of them contain the Resynthesizer plug-in, here they are:

An example

In the gallery below there is a typical example of the heal selection filter in action (Filters -> enhance -> Heal selection...) using a shot from the Side of Sant'Antonio Abate Church in Pisa with mural by Keith Haring4 .

At the end the obtaining image is made only with hand tool and Heal selection filter. It is not perfect but requires some additional work to obtain an excellent outcome.

  • 1GIMP. (2015, August 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  • 2In my case I have to install the libgimp2.0-dev package in order to complete the without errors
  • 3To install GIMP Plugin Registry for GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu use the command below:
    sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry
  • 4More info on: The Mural of Keith Haring: Tuttomondo


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Nicola Rainiero

A civil geotechnical engineer with the ambition to facilitate own work with free software for a knowledge and collective sharing. Also, I deal with green energy and in particular shallow geothermal energy. I have always been involved in web design and 3D modelling.