SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher 7.1

Retouch, enhance, and remove objects from your best pictures with ease
3.5  (13 votes)
7.1 (See all)

Amateur photographers usually face minor flaws and mistakes that require some extra post-production retouching in order to make good shots just perfect. SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher comes with all the tools you will ever need to remove small blemishes and entire objects from your pictures to make them look as first intended, as well as a set of easy slider-based correction tools to enhance and beautify your photos.

The program’s interface works with one image at a time, but it has reserved most of the working space to the selected photo. This will allow you to work comfortably on your image, enlarging it as much as required to correct that tiny detail or remove that elusive spot. All the tools provided have been designed to be easy to use, with sliders or brushes that you can easily apply with your mouse.

The image correction tools available (brightness, contrast, saturation, temperature, denoising, blur reduction, etc.) can be easily applied with a set of intuitive sliders or presets, as in the Reduce blurring option. Removing objects, however, is a bit trickier. It requires you to use a brush to “paint” those areas you want to remove from your image, and the results will largely depend on how complex or how simple the background around the said object is. Removing a bird from a plain blue sky will surely produce excellent results, but removing a car from a road full of signs and shops and people, however, may end up being a nightmare with acceptable results in the best of cases. This is not exclusive to this tool, but to nearly any image processing software with an object removal utility, though the lower the accuracy of the program’s algorithms, the more disappointing the results will be.

SoftOrbis Photo Retoucher is not a professional image retouching tool, but it does enjoy some predicament among a large number of amateur photographers who like simple tools to solve simple problems. With this in mind, I invite you to download and try the program’s trial version before looking any further.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Offers an intuitive workflow
  • Corrects all basic lighting errors
  • Simplifies image enhancing and correction

Cons

  • Produces mixed results with complicated images
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