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Snapheal is a Mac app that combines a range of editing tools to fix imperfections on images, such as erasing unwanted objects and controlling light. It is designed to be quick and easy to use and is currently available from the Mac App Store for just £8.99.
- Remove unwanted objects
- Delete people from the photos
- Make skin imperfections vanish
- Erase text, signatures, etc.
- Restore old photos
- Get rid of scratches and blemishes
- Erasing tool with smart brush and lasso
- Clone & stamp
- Light levels control
- Sharpen and noise reduction
- Highlights and shadows
- Saturation, gamma, contrast, hues, exposure
- Clarity and colour temperature
- Crop, rotate, flip and a lot more
- Support of practically all image formats, including RAW
- Resolution support up to 40 megapixels
- Intuitive user interface
- Import from Aperture and iPhoto
- Export Aperture and iPhoto
- Share photos via Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, E-mail
- 100% compatibility with Mountain Lion and earlier OS X (10.7 and above)
The erase area is all about removing those unwanted objects from your picture. You need to select the area you want removing, you can use the brush or lasso tools. When you've highlighted the area, there are three erasing modes to choose from (twister, shapeshift and wormhole), if you hover over them a box appears to tell you when the best time is to use them. There are also three levels of precision; norm, high and highest. We got the best results by select small areas at a time and using the normal level of prevision. You can also use the clone stamp. Results are quite impressive and doesn't take too long.
In the pictures below we have remove a sign post from the scene, they are best viewed at full size by clicking on the thumbnails. The third picture has used some of the other editing tools, which we'll talk about later in the review.
Drive After Edited
The erase tools are also useful for removing blemishes from portrait shots, again, to view the images full size click the thumbnails.
As mentioned, Snapheal has a number of other tools for editing your pictures. The Retouch area allows you to selectively edit certain parts of your picture. Again, there is a brush for selecting the area(s) you wish to edit, with options including exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, clarity, saturation, hue, sharpen and red / blue / green. For example, you can select the whole image except one colour, and reduce the saturation to turn the rest of the image monotone, creating a colour splash image.
The next image has been enhanced using the adjust option, this has similar options to Retouch, but applies them to the whole image. Below, we've sharpened and increased the saturation.
When you've finished you can save your image or share it via Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, email or print.
Snapheal Mac App ProsEasy to use
Good range of features
Ideal for those who don't want the price and complexity of programs such as Photoshop
Snapheal Mac App ConsNot great when removing objects with complex backgrounds
Can only work on one image at a time
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The Snapheal Mac App is available from the Mac App Store for just £8.99. For more information, please visit the Snapheal website.