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Photo Retoucher 1.4 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Photo Retoucher 1.4

Clean up old photos, remove unwanted objects or do a little touchup with Photo Retoucher.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 464 27 comments

Photo Retoucher 1.4 was available as a giveaway on February 13, 2014!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.96 / month
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Quickly convert 4K Ultra HD/1080p HD/SD video to a wide range of formats.

If you are not a professional photographer (or even if you are), it is not always possible to take a clean picture. People or unwanted objects are the things that can spoil a really good shot, but don't hurry and delete it. You can easily resolve this issue and "save" the picture with a special tool by SoftOrbits. SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher allows you to remove unwanted people and objects from pictures without leaving the slightest trace.

Thanks to the latest technology, this program automatically analyzes the image, and fills in the blank area with the original background. SoftOrbits' Photo Retoucher is also designed to work with other tasks: removing skin imperfection, cleaning up film grain and digital noise, removing scratches and spots, reconstructing damages images, etc. Try Photo Retoucher now and see what it has to offer!

Purchase an Unlimited personal license (with support and updates) at 70% discount.

System Requirements:

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP (x32/x64)





File Size:

20.5 MB



Comments on Photo Retoucher 1.4

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@ #20........ the venerable Paint.net remains the best of the bunch. Originally a Washington University / Microsoft mentored research project, it has become ever-more sophisticated with each passing year, yet remains as easy to use as it always was:


Yes, I mostly use this program - but absolutely HATE the way its "Control Box" appearing smack bang in the middle of the picture to be tittivated!

What a load of wowser programmers to place it THERE and not off to one side, AND HAVE IT STAY THERE!

When, long ago, I used their forum to challenge this absolutely stupid positioning, I was pretty much told to "Sling my Hook" & just "Fuck off".

No Wowser there was prepared to consider that HAVING to shift the "Control Box" off - out of the way of what is probably the MOST important part of the picture needing to be modified - is something that the programmer(s) should have programmed into their free program!

Apart from that, it is a good program which I press into service with almost every digi-pic I take.

I'd just love to stumble upun a program which would allow me to straight-line crop unwanted bits out of pix & allow me to give up the only program I have for this - dating back to around 1998 which came with a Win98 aged scanner that I have long ago sold out!

Reply   |   Comment by Lok Man Loong  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

this really works. Installed fine on my Win 7 pro 64.
Thanks GOTD and SoftOrbits.

Reply   |   Comment by RangerGord  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

For those who are like me and would like to disable the update check, I've found this setting seemed to work for me (XP SP3). Good luck!

I changed "disableUpdates" from "0" to "1"
at this key:

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

In my comment above, I forgot to add that I applied a few clicks of the 'auto correction' and it worked well. It made the contrast much deeper and the colors much more rich. The changes can be easily seen at the photobucket link I posted at the beginning of my above post.

Reply   |   Comment by Enki Amenra  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Link to manipulated pictures:


Installed on Windows 8.1 x64, 1T HDD, 4x2Core Processor, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM.

Program is not time consuming on this system. Scratch remover only took a few minutes, but the results were less than good. The software identified about 85% of the image to be scratches. Removing the scratches took a couple of minutes and produced a result that left the image looking like a fuzzy painting, instead of a photo.

The tested picture was of an American football field, showing the backside of 5 football players holding hands at mid-field, just before the coin flipping ceremony.

The player on the far right is a huge guy, probably 6'8" 350lbs. He makes the other 4 guys look like dwarves.

The player on the far left is also tall, probably 6'4" 220lbs. The three middle men are smaller and about the same size as one another.

The image shows yard markers and also shows a teams logo, partially covered by the player's bodies and shadows.

I removed the huge player on the far right. I was very surprised to see the software not only removed the selection, by did a better than average job at filling in the blank space where the player's body once occupied.

There was a bit of minor touch up required to polish the targeted removal area. 'Fine-tuning' the left-over shadows, and brushing up the mid-field logo and yard-markers was finished within 5-10 minutes and left the image in great condition for an amateur's first attempt at person/object image removal.

Next I removed the smaller player on the left side. Followed the same process and the software performed equally well as the previous removal task.

Again, spending 5-10 minutes removing the left-over artifacts, such as shadows, touching up the midfield logo, shadows, and correcting unwanted/accidental removal of features went well and performed better than expected.

I have 'Inpaint' and I like it, however, for the responsibilities of this program, in comparison, it works better than 'Inpaint'.

Reply   |   Comment by Enki Amenra  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi, any such Tool as Today's Giveaway has to be considered as an AID to photo retouching/restoring 'bigger' Photo Programs, as there is no magic button in any of them leading to perfect results. Healing an old photo is a complex job. Even if there is some highly intuitive (intelligent) Program that would correctly recognize all areas of damage and that 'magic button' would next get rid of imperfections - it can sometimes change faces expressions, smiles, (tears and.. biscuit crumbs on children:), glint in eyes a.s.o.. I worked enough on restoring old pics and especially photo Portraits to know reality of it.

But having said all that - anything that brings any damaged photo CLOSER to 'happy result', and what's more cuts painstaking time it takes to remove more obvious scratches, creases and 'ugly' lines - it's worth keeping in any Photo Toolbox!
I will therefore keep Photo Retoucher 1.4 and thanks for this useful Offer GAOTD and SoftOrbits.

Those who have earlier versions of Photo Retoucher and they work, or have something more useful than 1.4 - keep them by all means in different locations on PC, this one won't overwrite them, might tell you there is 'newer version' for update, so simply ignore it, that's all.

As for removing 'unwanted' folks:), or objects from any photo - the choices are truly individual, such manipulations are nothing new under the sun, but Programs like today's Photo Retoucher can make that challenge, or aim so much easier and fun!

One little reminder and good practice - Avoid working on original Images! Work on a COPY of that image/images if you're not sure if/how/where Program saves the new Photos. Always be safe, not sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

looks good...but how to remove picture if i want new one to load?
I have to exit program?

Reply   |   Comment by max  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

@ post #10, Bubba: I've just conducted a similar test on two black and white photographs originally shot in 1964 and then digitised more recently using a high-end Epson scanner. Two versions of the scanned images were created, the first with the image left entirely untouched, the second processed by Epson's Digital ICE to remove scratches, blips, and emulsion cracking.

SoftOrbits' PhotoRetoucher 1.4 was set to work on the unretouched images -- a task that's by no means as easy as it may sound to those unfamiliar with this kind of repair and re-touching: the infinity of gradations characteristic of a monochrome picture are capable of being handled only by the most intelligent software.

On the basis of the results I've obtained today, I'd have to say whatever algorithm this developer is deploying is rudimentary at best, downright dumb at worst. The program failed entirely to detect and determine the proximate tonalities of areas surrounding a vertical, jagged scratch: it merely draped a snaking gray line in its place. It fared no better with any of the tools in its armory and, worse, it moved at a snail's pace. Neither of the test images was improved in any way by PhotoReToucher processing.

Quite how your experience has differed so radically from mine, I don't know. But then, quite how this giveaway has attracted such a record high number of thumbs up endorsements baffles me even more.

Thanks, GOTD, but no thanks: in my experience, SoftOrbits PhotoRetoucher offers nothing that isn't already provided by rival developers at less than half the price. Like those rivals, it owes far more in the way of debt to Open Source freeware developers than it acknowledges (one day, one of the plethora of photo-retouch software developers may actually come up with a GUI which they've created themselves from the ground u rather than borrowing stuff uncredited from SourceForge. . .)

For those looking for freeware image management software, including pixel cloning a la Adobe Photoshop / Adobe CS, the venerable Paint.net remains the best of the bunch. Originally a Washington University / Microsoft mentored research project, it has become ever-more sophisticated with each passing year, yet remains as easy to use as it always was:


Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Installed easily on XP. I tried it out on a couple pictures, and it seems to work fine. It would be nice if the select tool size showed somewhere in the resize window so we know what size it really is when resizing it. Just to see what would happen, I removed an object, and then hit undo. But when I hit Redo, it was all messed up. So I hit undo again, and then remove again. It came out totally different (worse) than the original remove. ??? why???
It's another program in my arsenal of photo editing programs, so guess I'll keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by jim  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

The bad for version 1.4:
Version 1.4 installed ok on a Windows XP PC but when using the Remove Scratches function from a dusty and scratched photo it used 95% CPU and eventually stopped with no scratches or dust marks removed. This did not happen with version 1.3 on the same photo.

Version 1.3 worked fine:
I was just using version 1.3 yesterday. I have some pictures that were scanned from old negatives. The pictures are scratched and covered with dust marks. I tried Photoshop, Zoner, Picasa and Inpaint to clean the pictures. They all worked but were very slow since, to do a good job, I had to find and mark each problem area. Inpaint worked the best. After that I tried Photo Retoucher 1.3. It automatically found all the imperfections except a few very large spots that which were easily repaired manually.

Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I tried this program on a few photos and it works great. Me thinks that the negetives don't know how to use it. Great program Softorbita and GOTD..Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Didn't work for me. Installed and registered painlessly. Tried to load an old photo that was in definite need of retouching. Image would not show up in the app, though the name of the image was there in the list of images on the left hand side. Clicked on one of those and it just froze.


Reply   |   Comment by Layne  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)


My mistake INPAINT is from another company. It is only $19.99.

Too late now but for what is does and the price ... I should have given it a THUMBS DOWN.

Reply   |   Comment by N99kid  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I tried "removing the man" photo test with INPAINT which was an earlier GAOTD (by this company). I got the same result as this program. I see no reason at this time for a duplicate sort of software.

A thumbs up but their "Inpaint" program IMHO is a better product.

Reply   |   Comment by N99kid  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't want to write a review but fascinating software today and easy to use.
Thanks Giveaway of the day.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)

@6 ouialaraison (which means "yes to reason")

I like comparisons of different softwares: Thanks!
If you need additional information about Photo Stamp Remover you should read one of my forum favorites:

Photo Retoucher 1.4 is one of the programs you only will use in special situations but good to have available if needed. It's the usual situation: try different programs to improve your not quite perfect photo and look which result you like best. For another photo you perhaps will judge another program to be better. Who knows?

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I installed on windows 7/64. Registration worked.
Tried to use the scrach removel on different images, but the programme is breaking down each time. So no result at all.
What is wrong?
Only poor information on the website.

Reply   |   Comment by Claus  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I tried the Scratch Remover on an old 1950's black and white photo that has a diagonal fold crease mark on it. The process took under a half hour and did a pretty good job. It even found scratches I had not considered and really cleaned up the picture. I compared it side by side with the scanned original and the difference was amazing. I will keep this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Bubba  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Yhis program works we. I do take a lot of pictures and many are better with something removed. I have INPAINT and this is just as good but there are some differences so I will keep both. THE PRICE, $50.00 won't buy much at the food store these days.

Reply   |   Comment by Miles  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-44)

Missed writing this bit. Tools get stuck in the right side panel. The actual tool changes as you select them at the top, but the last tools controls are still there occasionally. You have no control over them and are stuck in modes you don't want. Happened 2 times in a half hour test.

Reply   |   Comment by Dono  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Installed quickly on my Win 7 Home SSD. Registration is not a problem if you copy and paste the given # in the READ ME file. I was unable to use any of my email masking software to watch for spam from this entity's group. If you have a made up email, try it.

Drag and drop your image, good, a standard many softwares seem to forget. It holds the selections in the active pics field so you can work on a few at a time before saving. Good and nice and simple.
I've tried the remove tool on a wood panelling striped background with a girl in the middle taking up 33% of the shot. The image is far simpler than the one they use as their online demo pic of a cathedral. Just paneling and girl. Let's remove some strips of paneling on the repetitive background. Wow, it's not very good. The software just grabs anything near by and repeats it with no rhyme or reason or sense of continuity. So my two attempts left me with the background being replaced by a headless torso and next by an elbow a neck and mixmastered up background stripes going in TWO different directions. Broken tool.
Concealer Brush appears to be a simple paint tool. A REALLY simple paint brush. Why?
Image Correction is a Contrast / Brightness / Saturation control w/ auto correction. Auto did pretty good compared to CS2 Photoshop on an old Polaroid yellowed image BUT over corrects on black and white images. All darks become 100% pitch black. It has FADERS that move incrementally, but you are UNABLE TO SEE THE CORRECTION AS YOU MOVE THE FADERS. They apply the effect AFTER you move the fader with no warning of what you just did. So, they are there just to piss you off. Odd and ineffective.
The toolbox Panel on the right isn't attached to the software panel. The toolbox panel slides off the area and has to be dragged back into the frame and expanded to even access all the controls on the tool's right side. Shouldn't be like this.
Scratch Remover just takes localized areas that have nothing to do with scratches and blurs them. So it made all the folks in my black and white image look like semi-melted manikins. I toook the scratch size down to a 2 and tried again. Less so, but same result. Frustrating. Oh, and I'm unable to see a 1 click BEFORE AND AFTER image. I can ONLY correct it and keep it or don't. Really bad.
I give this program a negative review because none of the tools actually work as defined and the software isn't ready for distribution.

Reply   |   Comment by Dono  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)

What this giveaway can bring you

- If you already have InPaint (Teorex) or Retouch Pilot (Two Pilots): Photo Retoucher supports transparency;
- If you already have Photo Stamp Remover (also by SoftOrbits): although the two softs partly overlap, there are much more tools in Photo Retoucher (concealer brush, scratch remover etc.) but no batch mode. There is also a downsized version of Sketch Drawer (SoftOrbits also) included.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+70)

Not a bad sort of program, but lacking a bit in finesse. Hasn't any options really other than language.

Does a particularly good job of removing spots on pictures, but then doesn't ask if you want to save on closing. Simply closes and I have no idea whether it saves the new pic anywhere or not.

I think there have been better of this sort of program in the past, and will uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Springy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Just 30 minutes in and already the negative clickers are at work!

Good to see you posting regularly again Ashraf, and thanks for the mass of useful information on software you provide here.

The fact that your earlier +5 votes were replaced with -2 votes in the space of a few minutes says more about the voters (and possibly today's software) than it does about your comment.

May all go well for you and yours and may your posts ever continue.


Reply   |   Comment by DavidBee  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I am having difficulty finding any reference on the developers website regarding the difference between this version (1.4) and the previously GAOTD version (1.3)

Reply   |   Comment by bettersafethansorry  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-29)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 81. Pro 64 bit system.

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher allows you to remove unwanted people

Is this legal? Simply remove unwanted people? Okay, a short test.

I downloaded test picture on their site, the man in front of the church. I choosed a very small selection marker, radius 10, enlarged the picture with the mouse-wheel an selected carefully the shape of the man.

Then I pushed "remove" and stored the new picture to see the result under


The result is nearly the same, as their test. So they do not trick and you can repeat it by yourself. That's good!

SOftOrbis has at least a phone and a fax number. Better than nothing.

Usefull for those, who really want to remove unwanted people, despite of a really good result!

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+70)

*Provides object removal, spot removal, and scratch removal capabilities
*Scratch remover can find scratches automatically, if you let it
*Has the ability to add sketch effects to images
*Has undo/redo functionality

*Needs improvement in terms of performance

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Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+142)
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