It is sometimes necessary to remove a person or other object from an image. Per current techniques, the removal of a person from an image, e.g., via manual cropping, produces a crude result, e.g., an image with discontinuities, an image with visible cropping boundaries, etc. Some image management and photo sharing applications/ services include features that enable users to remove specific persons from being categorized or surfaced in images; however, such solutions simply de-lists photos with the specified persons.
This disclosure describes techniques that enable a user to remove specified individuals or other objects from images. The portion of the image from which the objects are removed are replaced with content generated by applying machine-learning models to other portions, e.g., background, of the image. With user permission, the techniques also automatically insert a descriptor in the image that indicates that image has been thus modified.
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Citron, Daniel and Dunn, Lachlan (Locke), "Automatic removal of unwanted objects from images", Technical Disclosure Commons, (February 06, 2019)