Paint Fixing in DaVinci Resolve Fusion


Paint Fixing is the invisible art of removing unwanted objects and improving shots. Digital paint tools can be used to remove actors and logos from a shot, remove artifacts and to replace elements. Paint fixing has become an essential skill to master and DaVinci Resolve has all the tools you need to get the job done.

The course content ranges from beginner to advanced, and is taught by Visual Effects Guru Lee Lanier who has written several books on the topic.

Both the Color and Fusion module is used to demonstrate the techniques in this course.

The footage and assets used in this course are available for download so that you can easily follow along.

About the instructor

Lee Lanier has created visual effects on numerous features films for Walt Disney Studios and PDI/DreamWorks. Lee is a world-renowned expert in the video effects field, and has written several popular high-end software books, and taught at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Editors
  • Colorists
  • Visual Effects Artists

Lessons overview

  • 01: Paint fix overview
  • 02: Using the Patch Replacer
  • 03: Paint fixing with a mask in Resolve
  • 04: Keyframing masks in Resolve
  • 05: Paint fixing with a mask in Fusion
  • 06: Paint cloning in Fusion
  • 07: Animating strokes in Fusion
  • 08: Removing dust in Resolve and Fusion
  • 09: Fixing with the Planar Tracker in Fusion
  • 10: Tracking a matte painting
  • 11: Restoring the background

Software required

DaVinci Resolve

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Guys, help! I have no idea what I am doing wrong, but I'm stuck at lesson 5, at the very beginning. My tracking is all messed up despite being completely done as in tutorial. Tracker "box" doesn't stick to tracked area (just tracker markers do doesn't stick to the pointed area and ends up all over the skateboard. I tried with both DR15 and 16.

Furthermore, polygon also doesn't stick to tracked area but goes exactly like tracker box. What am I doing wrong (still, I'm doing step by step as tutorial guides me). Is there an important option I need to turn on to the tracked area stick to tracking centre point?



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Thanks for the tutorial series.

Would it be possible to add to the series how to remove actors' wires from an action scene in Davinci Resolve-Fusion, specially those that include occlusions?

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The course is really great. But I have to say that Fusion is really in its infancy. Such a complicated and convoluted piece of software. Not intuitive at all. I hope they make it much more user friendly because such simple task take so long. As much as I like Resolve over Premiere I think that After Effects is still heads and shoulders over Fusion. 

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Finally some practical training on this software!  These real world tutorials are such a rarity.  Thank you for this and looking forward to more detailed real world scenarios.  I'd love to see this trainer help teach us how to match grain in Fusion.  Even building on his car planar tutorial.



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There's some great information here, but I'm surprised that the Object Removal OFX plugin isn't mentioned.  It's be great to see a lesson on this plugin as it's easier to use than going into Fusion.

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Thanks Lee! I am trying to remove a string blowing in the wind (attached to a pole) and the adaptive blend of the Patch Replacer OFX is working great EXCEPT it would be super helpful to be able to rotate the window (either oval or rectangle) Is there anyway to do that? I can't seem to find a way 🙂 

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Really useful additional knowledge on this. Thank you.  One question, in the example of removing the cameraman from the backseat of the car, if the reflections had been moving and changing over the area you needed to repair or fix, how would you have preserved these reflections in the final composite? Cheers

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5 hours ago, Alex Cameron said:

How would you have preserved these reflections in the final composite?

Roto the reflections and composite them on top of everything. If not possible, it's a paint job. 

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