Remove unwanted objects in seconds with TouchRetouch for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 29, 2021

TouchRetouch is an application for Google Android device that may be used to remove unwanted objects from photos and images. The application is not free, it costs around $2, depending on the regional Google Play Store that you are accessing.

While commercial, it has a large number of reviews -- more than 27500 -- and an average rating of 4.5. How justified is the rating?

Tip: check out the free online service, which may also be used to remove unwanted objects from photos and images, if you prefer a free option.

One of the main appeals of TouchRetouch, and any other unwanted object removal app or service, is that these may be used to make photos look better. If you have ever been photo-bombed, had a car pass by while you were taking the perfect shot, or other unwanted objects such as lines or hydrants standing in the way, then you may have wanted to get these removed.

TouchRetouch installation is quick and easy. The application displays a simple start screen with just a few buttons. The first button opens the tutorials section; it teaches you how to use the application effectively. There were five tutorials available at the time of writing:

  • Removing unwanted objects.
  • Removing lines.
  • Removing small objects quickly.
  • Removing blemishes.
  • Using clone stamp.

The second button opens the photos that are available on the device. Recent images are displayed by default, but you may browse all photos, Google Drive, or other applications that you have installed that support the browsing of images.

Once you have selected an image, it is displayed on the screen. TouchRetouch displays a toolbar at the top and one at the bottom. The bottom toolbar has the four main actions of the application: object removal, quick repair, line removal, and clone stamp.

You can zoom in and out using two-finger swipes, and find options to undo any action at the top.  Other options include displaying the original image again and exporting the newly created image.

Just swipe over the part of the image that you want to remove after you select object removal. Tap on the "go" button to process the photo; this loads the processed image and you get new tools at the bottom to finetune the photo. Besides using a brush to select additional areas that need to be removed, you will find a lasso tool, an eraser to remove brush or lasso selections, and settings, which changes the processing size.

How good is TouchRetouch?

TouchRetouch delivered great results most of the time, but there were cases, where it did not. I tested the application for several days using different types of photos, e.g. from a cat, nature, furniture and even group photos. Most of the time, the results were quite good and the unwanted object was removed without making the image look manipulated.

Sometimes, artifacts were created on the screen that made the photo look unnatural. It was easy enough to undo the changes and try again; this worked sometimes, e.g. by using a different selection, more carefully picked.

The main appeal of TouchRetouch is the simplicity of use and the often astonishing results that you get. Users who consider buying it need to be aware that it does not work for all photos. You can't, for instance, just remove a person from the middle of a group photo.

All in all though, it is a handy application to have.

Now You: do you edit photos that you take?

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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