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Hi Spence and Welcome to the Forums,

The Inpainting tool isn't really designed to replace/remove backgrounds, it has to sample the areas from the photo and decide on what's the best fit with an image like this, there isn't much of a background for it to sample.  

I'd suggest using the pen tool to draw around the main subject and once you've made an outline, on the Context toolbar along the top, click on Selection and that will turn the pen stroke into a selection.  Now click you can invert that by clicking Selection>Invert Selection and now only the background will be selected and you can delete it.

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@Spence, I thought your first image had a rather nice surrealistic effect even if it was not what you wanted.


Windows 10, Affinity Photo 1.7 and Designer 1.7, (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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On 3/14/2019 at 2:21 AM, Spence said:

remove the background. 

I wonder, what your image should be replaced with? Then try the Clone brush tool.

Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Affinity Publisher Affinity Store.
Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, Build 18362.145.
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