Snapheal lets you have fun repairing, enhancing photos
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Snapheal lets you have fun repairing, enhancing photos


Macphun's Snapheal, a photo app for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) is now available at the Mac App Store for US$5.99 for a limited time. The regular price will be $14.99 starting March 1. If you want to take advantage of the price reduction, you better act fast.

Snapheal is worth the full price, and is a steal at six bucks. It's functional, practical and fun. Snapheal performs complex image edits, object cloning, removals and more -- and does them quickly. It's great for: digitally repairing scans of old photos (removing scratches, tear lines, fold lines, etc.) and enhancing new ones. For example, if you have a family beach scene with lots of unknown folks sauntering around in the background, you can simply erase the extraneous people.

Snapheal's Erasing tool features three different algorithms; each can be used for specific editing needs. "Wormhole" mode is for detail work, such as deleting imperfections on skin and small objects.

"Shapeshift" mode works best for erasing large objects. "Twister" mode is best for images depicting the sky, clouds, lots of small objects and more. In any mode, you can simply "paint" over objects (masking them in red) you wish to erase, then click erase.

If you're not satisfied with your erasing results, click undo to start over or try another mode. This allows you to experiment with different modes and different brush sizes. For problem areas on some photos, you may need to use the tool twice.

There's also a Clone&Stamp tool for touch-ups and fixes. This tool lets you paint one part of an image over another part of the same image. It's great for duplicating objects and removing defects on images. For example, in our example of erasing extraneous folks from a beach scene, you can use the Clone&Stamp to fill in gaps and visual flaws in the images of sand and water caused by the disappearing people.

Snapheal's Retouch tool lets you enhance a specific part of an image. Choose the tool and paint over the section of the image you want to blur, lighten, darken, sharpen or saturate.

The Macphun software offers 20 different tools, including saturation, gamma, contrast, noise reduction. It also provides the ability to: adjust shadows and highlights; crop and rotate photo; control sharpen; set color temperature; and more.

The results aren't always perfect. Sometimes even my best efforts couldn't completely remove unwanted image artifacts. Or if it removed them, it might leave a tiny area that looks manipulated. But, overall, the software did a solid job.

Snapheal handles a variety of file formats, including TIFF and RAW. Plus, it supports a resolution of up to 32 megapixels. You can import images from Aperture and iPhoto albums plus export the creation to iPhoto, share on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and more.

Finally, the app offers you fun, trivia facts while it's erasing/touching up your images. For example, did you know that 80% of 10-year-old girls in the US go on a diet?

If you have Photoshop, you don't need Snapheal. But as most folks probably don't own Adobe's high end software, the Macphun provides an affordable, enjoyable way to spruce up your photos and images, both old and new.

Rating: 8 out of 10

 
AAPL
$94.50
Apple Inc.
+0.86
GOOG
$694.22
Alphabet Inc.
-3.99
MSFT
$49.83
Microsoft Corporation
-0.78
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty. [Read more] | Read more »
Victorious Knight (Games)
Victorious Knight 1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.3 (iTunes) Description: New challenges awaits you! Experience fresh RPG experience with a unique combat mechanic, packed with high quality 3D visual content, set in fantasy medieval theme. | Read more »
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy patrols to collect secrets, plant bugs, take down targets, and rescue missing agents. Which spy will... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of Super Splatters! and illustrator Nina Limarev.Story | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
PsyCard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers och Card City Nights, Progress To 100 and Ittle DewPSYCARD is a minesweeper-like game set in a cozy cyberpunk dystopia.Use your psychic powers, and some risky luck, to determine the position of the hidden cards and... | Read more »
Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
Egz – The Origin of the Universe (Games...
Egz – The Origin of the Universe 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ►►► Special offer until 2nd may : get the game at 2.99€ instead of 3.99€ ! ◄◄◄Egz is a mesmerizing mix between an addictive action puzzle game and an animated movie! Don’t let your Egz die! | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.