Inpaint node

This documentation is for version 1.0 of Inpaint.


Inpaint (a.k.a. content-aware fill) the areas indicated by the Mask input using patch-based inpainting.

Be aware that this filter may produce different results on each frame of a video, even if there is little change in the video content. To inpaint areas with lots of details, it may be better to inpaint on a single frame and paste the inpainted area on other frames (if a transform is also required to match the other frames, it may be computed by tracking).

A tutorial on using this filter can be found at

The algorithm is described in the two following publications:

“A Smarter Examplar-based Inpainting Algorithm using Local and Global Heuristics for more Geometric Coherence.” (M. Daisy, P. Buyssens, D. Tschumperlé, O. Lezoray). IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP‘14), Paris/France, Oct. 2014


“A Fast Spatial Patch Blending Algorithm for Artefact Reduction in Pattern-based Image Inpainting.” (M. Daisy, D. Tschumperlé, O. Lezoray). SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Technical Briefs, Hong-Kong, November 2013.

Uses the ‘inpaint’ plugin from the CImg library.

CImg is a free, open-source library distributed under the CeCILL-C (close to the GNU LGPL) or CeCILL (compatible with the GNU GPL) licenses. It can be used in commercial applications (see The ‘inpaint’ CImg plugin is distributed under the CeCILL (compatible with the GNU GPL) license.


Input Description Optional
Source   No
Mask   Yes


Parameter / script name Type Default Function
Patch Size / patchSize Integer 7  
Lookup Size / lookupSize Double 16  
Lookup Factor / lookupFactor Double 0.1  
Blend Size / blendSize Double 1.2  
Blend Threshold / blendThreshold Double 0  
Blend Decay / blendDecay Double 0.05  
Blend Scales / blendScales Integer 10  
Allow Outer Blending / isBlendOuter Boolean On  
(Un)premult / premult Boolean Off Divide the image by the alpha channel before processing, and re-multiply it afterwards. Use if the input images are premultiplied.
Invert Mask / maskInvert Boolean Off When checked, the effect is fully applied where the mask is 0.
Mix / mix Double 1 Mix factor between the original and the transformed image.