I’m a big user of Content Aware Fill in Photoshop. It’s hard to take a photo and not want to remove something. But if I’m shooting with my smartphone, I usually don’t want to transfer an image to my computer for serious editing unless I have to. My smartphone photos are usually casual and quick, but often retouching is needed on those photos too.
An epic piece of software for iOS and Android is TouchRetouch. It’s not a newcomer. It’s been around since 2010 (on iOS) and offers really high quality object removal of people and photo bombers, power lines, just about anything that would detract from your photo. The app can also cleanly remove blemishes from faces.
The app is simple, yet powerful. Edits usually start with the brush or lasso tool. Use your finger to place the brush, and the app obligingly shows you the edit area slightly above where you are working, as your finger would obstruct your view. It allows for very precise edits working on a small smartphone screen.
You can adjust the size of your brush, and you can use an erase tool to selective un-erase your selection. There’s also a line removal tool, (great for eliminating power lines) and a clone stamp tool that provides several methods for cloning to match your editing situation. TouchRetouch offers unlimited undo and redo.
Here’s a quick example of some people standing beneath a giant pistachio in New Mexico.
A couple of quick edits with TouchRetouch and the people, utility poll and wires are gone.
With a bit more work I could have cleaned it up more and straightened the horizon in another editor, but I found the quick and dirty results quite good.
Here’s a before and after of a quick flag removal
A quick selection and it’s gone.
I think the results easily rival Photoshop object removal tools, and that’s saying something. TouchRetouch provides full instruction in-app and video examples that make it clear how the app works.
Even though TouchRetouch has been around a decade, the developers at Adva Soft are still adding features and improving the product.
What I :ike:
- Easy to use.
- High quality, pro results.
- Built in documentation and video tutorials.
- Works in portrait or landscape orientation.
- Outputs to all major social apps, as well as mail, clipboard, and you can send your image to any designated photo apps you use for further editing.
What Could Be Improved:
- Secondary tools like the clone tool are hidden until you swipe left on the default tool set. It’s non-intuitive, and some users will miss seeing the extra tools.
TouchRetouch is a must have app for smartphone photographers. It maintains extremely high ratings from users, and it gets a high rating from me too. At $1.99, it is a steal.