What do you do with a new DSLR camera? Shoot photos. It’s been hot and muggy and miserable recently but that hasn’t stopped me from getting my new Canon into the streets of New York.
What do you do after you shoot a few hundred photos? Edit, crop, enhance, and, thanks to a couple of very useful Mac apps, remove unwanted objects from photos.
That’s right. It’s no longer a Photoshop world. There are two pretty slick Mac apps which do what it used to take Photoshop wizards to do. Remove unwanted items from a photo.
The first app is the most expensive, but still works like magic. It’s called Inpaint. Select an object in the photo you’d like to remove, and click. Gone. Inpaint then fills in the removed image with surrounding bits to make it appear as if the object never existed.
Not bad, and certainly as easy as it gets. Inpaint is also good for removing those nasty time-date stamps in digital photos, and even repairing scanned photos which have blemishes.
My favorite of the two apps is the less expensive Snapheal. It works in a similar manner by selecting objects you don’t want in a photo, deleting the object, then filling in around the hole so it looks as if the object was never there.
Nice, right? And cheap. And no Photoshop required. It’s point and click.
Not only can Snapheal delete people, animals, poles, zits, wrinkles, and nearly anything else from a photo, it also comes with a few enhancements, including blur, lighting controls, highlights and shadows, sharpen, crop, rotate, even clone and stamp.
Those are nice, but removing unwanted stuff from a photo is as good as it gets and worth every penny. It imports photos from iPhoto and Aperture and gives you sharing options for Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and email.
It’s the most fun I’ve had using a photo app ever.