No matter how good the camera on your phone is, it’s hard to take good photos. You have to remember not to stick your thumb in front of the lens. You have to remember not to snap your photo when a bird is flying in front of the subject of your shot. But you can always export the photo to a computer to edit out the blemishes… or you can use a mobile app called TouchRetouch.

The app isn’t quite a full featured image editor, but it has one trick that works surprisingly well: it lets you remove items from a photo. You can just highlight the area that you want to make disappear and TouchRetouch will examine the surrounding area and perform a little magic to show a pretty close approximation of what the photo would have looked like without that item in it.

In the image above, you can see how my bowl of snow peas sitting on a place mat simply disappeared. There are some visual artifacts, but if you didn’t know that the photo had been tampered with, you might never notice — although you’d probably wonder why I took a photo of a place mat. (If you’re wondering why I took a photo of the snow peas, it’s because I grew them in my garden and wanted to share my joy before gobbling them all up).

TouchRetouch has been [itunes link=”″ title=”touchretouch” text=”available for the iPhone “] for a while. This week it also showed up in the Android Market. The app supports Android 2.1 and up and it will set you back 99 cents.

You can check out a demo video of my disappearing snow pea magic trick after the break.

via EuroDroid

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...