This AI tool will help you erase your ex from photos

Two side-by-side pictures, one displaying a couple and the second displaying a woman.

Credit: OkCupid / Photoroom.

With break ups come a lot of complications. And one major part of this is the digital life you once shared: Instagram posts, couples content, and presumably hundreds of selfies and vacation photos that probably aren’t an easy reminder.

Enter the Ex-Terminator, a tongue-in-cheek AI tool born out of a collaboration between dating app OkCupid and Photoroom.

The tool, available online and free to use, lets users literally erase exes from their best pictures. Using photo editing software Photoroom’s “magic brush”, anyone can remove a person from a photograph and let the background fill in the gap.

The tool could also be used for other reasons, including privacy: if you want to blur a friend’s face to include a picture on a dating profile, for example, this may be the way to do it.

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Two side-by-side pictures, displaying how the AI tool can erase a person from a picture.

Credit: OkCupid / Photoroom.

OkCupid found that 50 percent of millennials and 54 percent of Gen Z have photos they’d like to erase their ex from. The study, which surveyed over 185,000 OkCupid users, also discovered that 62 percent of single females wouldn’t want to see their ex in a photo.

OkCupid and Photoroom say that their tool is “a bid to salvage cherished photos and memories from the clutches of relationships past.”

So whether you want to begin the healing process after a breakup, or simply save the pictures where you shine on your own, removing an ex from your best photos is about to get a whole lot easier.

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Meera is a Culture Reporter at Mashable, joining the UK team in 2021. She writes about digital culture, mental health, big tech, entertainment, and more. Her work has also been published in The New York Times, Vice, Vogue India, and others.

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