Snapheal Review

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Snapheal Review

Just paint over an object and click Erase. It’s that easy.

The last time we reviewed Snapheal, we marveled at how it could easily erase unwanted objects from your photos. MacPhun calls it magic, and we said, “It’s a bold claim we happen to agree with.”

Version 2.2 keeps that magic, and fixes a lot of the problems we had — and for $3 less. You can now import from Aperture as well as iPhoto, Photo Booth, and the Finder. In the Erase tab, you can paint on objects you want to remove, use the polygonal or free lasso, or even choose the Clone tool to pick the exact part of the photo you want to use to cover the unwanted part. Erasing modes include Shapeshifter, the most universal according to the app’s tooltip, as well as Twister and Wormhole, although the app doesn’t explain what the other two are or how they differ.

After you’re done in the Erase tab, the Retouch tab lets you paint a mask over parts of your photo, and then use the sliders to make edits to just those areas (exposure, contrast, saturation, and more). The Adjust tab has similar adjustments but applies them to the whole image, and a cool side-by-side mode lets you see the before and after.

The bottom line. This might just be the most powerful image editing 12 bucks can buy.


OS X 10.7 or later


Remove unwanted objects easily. Brighten colors and easily make other adjustments. Make edits on one part of the photo while leaving others untouched.


Masking tools could be more intuitive.



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