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TouchRetouch: Remove Objects from Photos on iOS

TouchRetouch: Remove Objects from Photos on iOS

TouchRetouch is a photo editing app that specializes in removing unwanted objects from photos, and it works surprisingly well.

This ability has been around for years in powerful tools like Photoshop, but those tools require a good bit a skill to use well. TouchRetouch, on the other hand, is simple enough for even a novice smartphone photographer.

It has four main tools—Quick Repair, Line Removal, Object Removal and the more manual and settings intensive Clone Stamp. I've tested each tool, and while not perfect for every situation, they're quite powerful. 


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Quick Repair

Quick Repair is the simplest possible way to remove something from your photo. You just paint over what you want removed, and once you pick up your finger, it's removed. Apart from the default Quick Brush, you can also use the Blemish Remover by just tapping what you want removed from your latest selfie. Honestly, I was surprised at how well this works.

Options

  • Quick Brush
  • Blemish Remover
  • Settings: Brush Size

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Line Removal

Line Removal is perfect for city photography. Since moving to San Francisco, I've noticed it's nearly impossible to take a picture of an interesting building without power lines causing distraction. The Line Removal tool is crazy easy. You just tap the line, and it disappers.

Options

  • Line Remover
  • Segment Remover
  • Settings: Line Thickness
    • Thick
    • Medium
    • Thin

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Object Removal

Object Removal is a lot like Quick Repair, but it allows for more detailed work. Instead of removing an object when you lift your finger, you have to hit "go". This means you can paint, draw around an item with the Lasso and erase portions of that selection so that it's just right before you remove anything from the image.

Options

  • Brush
  • Lasso
  • Eraser
  • Settings: Brush/Eraser Settings

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Clone Stamp

Clone Stamp is much closer to traditional 'Photoshop-like' tools. It definitely requires much more skill. 

You select an area to sample pixels from, then paint elsewhere. Your selection will be "stamped" where you paint. If selection won't work, you can use mirroring instead to accomplish the same thing.

The Clone Stamp tool also offers more advanced brush/eraser setting than the other tools.

Options

  • Brush
  • Eraser
  • Mirroring
    • No
    • Horizontal
    • Vertical
    • Diagonal
  • Settings: Brush/Eraser Settings
    • Size
    • Hardness
    • Opacity

You probably won't use this app every day, but when you want to remove something that distracts from the subject of a photo, TouchRetouch is a solid option.

You can buy TouchRetouch for $1.99 from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Header image from Unsplash.

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