Remove Unwanted Content From Your Phone Photos With TouchRetouch

Ever taken a photo of something breathtaking, but found later that something snuck in your shot? Or maybe you’ve seen a stunning landscape but there’s some random house in the background. Well now you can remove anything that should not be in a picture with TouchRetouch, an app that’s very simple to use, with a user-friendly interface. It basically brings Photoshop CS5′s context-sensitive fill to your handset.

Availability

TouchRetouch is available on the Android Market for $0.99, and works on any device running Android 2.1 or later.

Interface

When you run the app you get to choose whether to retouch a photo from your gallery or take a fresh picture from your default camera app.

TouchRetouch Start Screen

TouchRetouch Start Screen

Once you’ve selected your picture from the gallery you’ll need to choose at what resolution to edit the picture. Depending on the size of the original image there are different options. In my case, I only have Original and Low.

Select your image and resolution

Select your image and resolution

If you have a mid-range or entry level phone you may need to choose a lower resolution. The application tends to be sluggish on slow, entry-level devices like the LG Optimus One P500.

The application will now load the photo and a number of tools are provided to retouch your photos:

  • Lasso
  • Brush
  • Clone Stamp
  • Go!

These are tools made especially for retouching. I’ll explain how each retouch tool works below.
The are also a few other buttons for miscellaneous actions:

  • Load Image
  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Info
  • Move
  • Eraser
  • Save

Below you will find a screenshot showing all of the buttons and the action associated with each one:

Interface Buttons

Interface Buttons

Retouching tools

Let’s go over each retouching tool:

Lasso

The Lasso tool works like any lasso tool in any major photo manipulation software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, GIMP). You draw a shape and it fills it out by connecting the first and last two points with a a straight line. This tool is perfect to use when you need to cover bigger objects.

Brush

The Brush tool is pretty self-explanatory. You can adjust its size and brush away!

Clone Stamp

The Clone Stamp tool resembles the clone stamp tool from the application’s desktop brothers. It’s basically a brush that takes the color from the picture itself. You set a source and then using the brush part of the clone stamp you paint over the wanted area. Pretty basic and simple.

Go!

As you might have noticed when you use the Lasso and Brush tools you’ll get a red area where you painted over. Once you’ve marked all the spots you want to remove from your picture, you press the Go! button and the application retouches your photo. Usually the application does a good job retouching. There are some cases when a second round of retouching is needed, but that happens rarely.

Misc Tools

The name of the miscellaneous tools tells the whole story and I don’t think there’s a need to explain each one what does. The only exception is the Eraser tool which erases not the photo, but the red areas that are drawn with the Brush and Lasso tools.

Before and After

Below is an image that I’ve retouched. I’m pleased with the results. It was raining after a very hot day, and the steam that came up from the ground created a pretty foggy looking landscape. The only problem with the shot was the cars, but TouchRetouch did a pretty good job removing them.

Before & After

Before & After

The result is far from perfect, but I think it did a pretty good job!

Info and Settings

When you tap the Info button you are taken to the Info menu. Here you can find the application’s Settings, Video tutorials, Help Section and Support Section. There are a few settings and they really don’t need much explanation.

Settings

Settings

The application offers two tutorials (Basic and Advanced). These are very helpful and a very good starting point to learn how to use the app. I found them very useful, as I really had no idea how to use the application at first.

In the Help menu you’ll find everything about the application. Every button and feature of TouchRetouch is explained in detail and you’ll even get a history of retouching (hooray for history lessons).

The Good and The Bad

The application is very easy to use, has a friendly user interface and works great. The Basic and Advanced Video Tutorials are a big plus also and can help every new user learn how to use the application. Another plus is its price: $0.99 for a retouch application is dead cheap! TouchRetouch is worth every cent.

The only downside is that it runs slow on entry-level devices and sometimes it force closes. Not sure if it’s because my device or the application itself. Reviews on the Android Market say that I’m not the only one experiencing force closes:

It perfectly removes everything I wanted gone from my pics. Awesome! Fix all the force closes for 5 stars! – Android Market User Review

Final Thoughts

TouchRetouch is a simple, cheap application for those that need a fast and effective way of retouching photos. If you’re a new user, you’ll find the video tutorials very useful and learn how to retouch your photos in a matter of minutes. If it wasn’t slow and it did not force close that often, I would have given the application the perfect score of 10, but no one likes slow apps or force closes so I’ll subtract two points. If I still know my math, that leads to a score of 8/10 for TouchRetouch.

Update: As of August 3rd, 2011, a free version is available!


Summary

TouchRetouch. A simple and effective way of retouching your photos. With its user-friendly interface, you'll remove the unwanted content from your photos in a matter of minutes.

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