TouchRetouch Magically Clears Clutter

If you are anything like me I’m sure you’ve taken a photo where you wish just a few things weren’t in the shot, or you wanted to fix a blemish or smudge of some sort. TouchRetouch is one of those apps that you need on your iPhone/iPad. This app was included among my must have apps for 2011 and I realized I’d never bothered to review it. Here is a quick one.

TouchRetouch GUI
TouchRetouch GUI

TouchRetouch is one of those apps that is so simple you barely have to think about how to use it. The tools available are a lasso, a paintbrush, an eraser, the dragging/zooming hand, the action button, and a clone tool. The vast majority of time all I do is use the paintbrush to cover what I want to remove and click the “action” button. Magically, the pixels I didn’t want vanish. Poof! Love it. Every now and then I’ll use the clone tool to help clean up a certain area of the shot that needs a bit more work. The current version (3) is much faster than prior versions.

The brush, eraser, and clone tool all let you adjust the size of the specific tool. You also have the ability to zoom in on the image so you can do all the detailed work – up close and personal.

This video tutorial pretty much sums up all the features and shows how easy the app is to use. A basic video tutorial is also available.

The app always asks what pixel size you want when you open an image (the larger the image, the more time it will take to do the processing). Most of the time the options will range from full size image to three smaller scaled versions. Every now and then something quirky happens at this point. The largest size available is much larger (60% or so) than my actual shot. I always choose the highest resolution. If I reopen the same image it will then show the actual picture dimensions as the largest option. I’ve used the larger than initial shot option and it works with no apparent problems, and does save the image at that exceptionally high resolution.

TouchRetouch has separate apps for the iPhone and iPad on iTunes. Currently both apps are $0.99.

A free version that leaves watermarks on the photos is also available for download.

And for those that want to read the full description while you are here:

TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application that lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos, using just your finger and iPhone or iPod Touch. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Retouching photographs has never been so quick, easy and convenient. Click “…More” to learn why you should download this App today!

You recently got married on a beautiful Caribbean beach. Everything was so perfect. Luckily, you have a lot of memorable snapshots of the crystalline water and white sand backdrop of the ceremony, you and your new spouse silhouetted in the sunset, your guests under a palm tree, that nude sunbather that somehow got included in a shot taken during the exchanging of vows. Yikes!

Before showing your mom those photos, take a minute to remove that accidental guest from an otherwise great picture. Open your TouchRetouch app. Using your finger, select the Brush or Lasso tool to mark what you don’t want in the shot, then hit the ‘Go’ button. Okay, you’re done and it’s now safe to share your picture-perfect memories with everybody.

TouchRetouch isn’t just for exotic or wedding photo touch-ups, of course. Use this easy yet ingenious application on any photo, newly snapped on your iDevice or taken from your gallery. Remove those wires that are in the way of an otherwise wonderful view, take banners off of buildings, get rid of people, eliminate spots and other imperfections. All without distorting the final image.

You can even have a little fun with TouchRetouch. Take away the bicycle from under your brother and it looks like he’s cycling in mid-air. You can make it look like people are flying, jumping or posed oddly, by removing whatever was supporting them.

Do everything mentioned here and more, in mere seconds without any special equipment.

Check out some of the things that you can do with TouchRetouch:
* Remove spots from sky or other backgrounds
* Remove wires from your picture
* Remove banners from the buildings
* Remove human-made objects from nature views (bridges, buildings, tents, ships etc.)
* Remove your shadow from self-made picture
* Remove people from the photo
* Remove ghosts and flare
* Remove surface breaks
* Smoothen and retouch the face
* Create funny pictures: for example, remove parachute and leave the guy flying in the sky

This app is just so versatile! It comes loaded with great features and functions that you’re going to love using and appreciate having, especially in an easy-to-use, portable medium that goes everywhere you do.

* In-app video tutorials
* Unlimited Undo\Redo actions
* Smart image background recovery techniques
* No distortions in final image
* Easy to use interface
* 1:1 view
* Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr sharing
* Finger move hint

Download TouchRetouch now and start creating amazing or funny photos. It’s easy, fun and always ready to edit your images in a tap or two – no matter when, no matter where.

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