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September 14, 2011


iPhone Photo Editing – The Future Looks Bright

by Patrick Gervais

I was working on an sunset image I took and wanted to try to improve a blown out area in the clouds. I remembered seeing a clone option in the Filterstorm app, so I tried it. I was impressed at how well it worked. Here’s the before and after of the shot in question.

two images showing before and after processing

before and after cloning with Filterstorm

I find it amazing at what can be done with these apps, and there are new apps coming out all the time. I used Filterstorm to clone the clouds in this image but after doing some research I see that there are others like Photoforge & Touchretouch. I did not find the cloning option in Photoforge2!!!! I went and bought the TouchRetouch app and processed the same image with the cloning tool. Here it is…


Image processed with Touchretouch

TouchRetouch was easy to use and they even have embedded video tutorials. It has a simple UI and does a great job. Kinda like the Photoshop content aware tool that came out with CS5. Not sure which app I prefer for this situation but TouchRetouch is easier to work with. It was easier to reposition the source point compared to Filterstorm. I do like that you can change the opacity of the brush in Filterstorm when cloning. As you can see I need to play some more… cool. I know I’ll be using these apps a lot.

The future looks fun :-)

Thanks for reading, Patrick

p.s.: Any feedback you have on this blog would be appreciated. It’s a new thing for me and I’m hoping to keep it going.

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  1. Nov 10 2011

    Hi! I discovered your blog in researching PhotoForge2. Like you, I’m a bit amazed there’s no cloning functionality there, given how otherwise complete it is. I usually use a duplicate layer and scoot some pixels around that way for minor cloning. Kind of a pain, but since I’m in PhotoForge2 all the time anyway, it’s about the best workaround I have devised. But it sure would be great to have some bona-fide cloning capability, since that’s such a standard thing in photo correcting. Are you still using TouchRetouch for this? You might be interested in a review I did of PhotoForge2 at: — I’d be curious to see your thoughts in the comments!


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