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Photo Retoucher 3.2 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Photo Retoucher 3.2

Remove imperfections from the photo!
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 245 31 comments

Photo Retoucher 3.2 was available as a giveaway on November 19, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.96 / month
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Сomplete set of video conversion and editing tools.

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 to delete it. SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher is designed to remove skin imperfections, clean up film grain and digital noise, remove scratches and spots, reconstruct damaged images etc.

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

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10





File Size:

24.2 MB



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Thought it would record from usb for albums. No luck No use

Reply   |   Comment by steve west  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed without problem on my Win 7 32bit system, though I don't like these giveaways that require us to go to their site and enter our email.

On the face of it, the software is okay though for my uses InPaint and Photoshop possibly do the job equally well if not better. My complaint, and it's one that applies to other such software too, including InPaint, is the ridiculous lack of support for graphic tablet pressure sensitivity. As anybody who has used a graphic tablet can attest, painting masks is made so much easier if you can vary the brush size with the pen's pressure, rather than constantly going back and forth to a slider to adjust it.

Reply   |   Comment by DawkinsDog  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

The software does what it does.

@Henk Van Helmond. Try google before bashing. Sometimes words can be spelled several different ways.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed the software on Win 10 Pro. It's registered and works without major issues. I'm not a pro, it works so my FB Friends are going for it too! Free is free so thanks for the free editor!

Rick Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Can I make changes to a batch of images with a few clicks or do I have to do this one by one?

Reply   |   Comment by Tosh  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Is there a registry hack to prevent disabling of this software by the developer after a few months of its use or after an installation of a different software from the same developer?

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

At first I thought there was:
Changed "disableUpdates from a "0" to a "1" but the program *still* attempted Internet access after changing that so it looks like the only way is blocking its Internet access via a firewall rule. Of course, that may be useless as well depending on whether the company (SoftOrbits) has the next program that's installed check for updates or the registration date or serial or?

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 b Helpful  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you Trying 2 b Helpful for the reply.
Your kindness is much appreciated.


Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I do not seem to be able to find any published specifications, data sheet, for this program or any of their programs. For example input and output file formats, compatible with this program. Are their any tools implemented to insure preservation of the original from overwriting accidentally? Batch mode available? Not sure I want to allocate time, bandwidth and storage space on the chance it may be usable to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

If you don't want to overwrite, don't "save". Use "save as".

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Doyle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

For noise removal or jpeg artifacts removal, I use Neat Image. It's free for personal use and an industry standard.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Doyle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

hi. I really appreciate this giveaway, and I WILL eventually post on facebook.
but for now............I thought everything went smoothly...I got thru all the steps, and it said "successful", but then when I went to open it to activate it with the key, it said "corrupt" software, and it won't open to register. (using the setup.exe).
please help!! I really would like to have this.
thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by sawa  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

hello. please clarify something for me here? thank you. if i purchase the Premium Support and Major Updates Included (Subscription) ($9.95) or the SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher ($15.00 $49.99) on the page https://secure.payproglobal.com/orderpage.aspx?products=95480&&coupon=GOTD70
does that mean that i COULD transfer the retoucher 3.2 to another computer when i upgrade computers? (because i was pretty sure i read somewhere on your pages that this copy could not be transferred to another computer after this giveaway date).
could you please clarify all this for me? thank you very much!

Reply   |   Comment by sawa  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Can ANYONE tell me what the "time limited", full feature period of
this offer is ?? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by MrLasky  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

THEORETICALLY, if SoftOrbits people kept their promise and solved the issue of their giveaways losing activation, there is no time limitation once installed.
"Free for our visitors as a time-limited offer" only means that you must download and install before the end of the countdown.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Registration went smooth, few photos with marking from ebay and internet used to remove seller logo works quite good.

Windows COA pictures with Seller logo looks quite bizzare after logo removing but I'm sure program is working and I see how :D

Quite good alternative to overbloaded and overpriced Ph*toShop.

One hint: I would like to see changed cursor another visual indicator that image is processing in opposite to apllication is frozen/hangs. Now I just patienty waiting but I would like to be sure (by visual indicator that is working).


Reply   |   Comment by MoronEater  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Regarding your last point: there is a green bar at the bottom showing progression. But I remember previous versions of some SoftOrbits products didn't fit well on my 1366x768 screen and were cropped when fully open. Maybe this is what is happening to you. If you don't see the bar, try making Photo Retoucher window slightly smaller than your screen before clicking "remove".

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Note to today's developer: please . . . do yourself a favor and quit with the silly "before and after" pictures you put on your website. I know they're intended to show prospective purchasers how good this SoftOrbits software is, but in truth, all they're really doing is inducing broad grins at the sheer ineptitude of the presentation.

John's earlier post high-lighted an oddity in the seeming addition rather than removal, of a man in the image foreground; my own bewilderment arises from the purported deletion of the quartet of figures in the right background, not so much an example of Photo Retoucher 3.2's mastery of pixel manipulation as evidence of psychic powers so astonishing in any software that I think I'll make a bid to buy your entire company, never mind this individual product.

Sadly though, Photo Retoucher 3.2 is not psychic. It had absolutely no way of "knowing" that the window's sill, obscured by that quartet of figures, was the same color as the window's upper frame. Could've been red paint. Black. Or even, white.There's simply not enough data available to the software for it to run proximity substitution of the kind demonstrated here.

Like John, I too use Adobe Photoshop CS and, also like him, I guess, believe it would be absurd as well as unfair to even think of comparing an Adobe product costing over $600 with SoftOrbits' product costing at least $550 less. But: it is fair for me to run your gallery "examples" through my own Photoshop CS and to report that it can't do with that picture what your Photo Retoucher 3.2 is claimed to have done. . .

Come on then, SoftOrbits. Treat people with the respect to which they're entitled and abandon this counter-productive sales pitch finangling. You may well have a genuinely good program here; after all, the algorithms used for this kind of image post-processing are nowadays anything but new, and have long since been further refined by developers like Teorex (InPaint) and Movavi (Movavi Photo Editor). I've no reason to doubt that SoftOrbits has likewise invested time and money in development work, too. As far as I'm aware though, neither Teorex nor Movavi have ever been so rash as to risk reputational damage by misrepresenting what their software can actually do.

Thanks, then, GAOTD, but this isn't a product for me nor a producer I'd personally be inclined to patronise. That said though, there's absolutely no reason why other GOATDers should not seize today's giveaway opportunity, and, thanks to SoftOrbits' generosity, discover the pleasures of post-processing out-of-camera images rather than having to put up with unwanted visual elements that spoil the look and feel of the composition overall.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

Can someone give us a quick comparison of pros and cons of this program and In-Paint which was offered recently. Or, if there is a comparison already on-line point me in that direction. I really like In-Paint but this looks promising.

Thanks, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by TVGuy411  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

InPaint is a single feature software: it does only one thing, which it does well. Photo Retoucher is more diversified: it includes clone stamp, a concealer brush, scratch remover, image correction etc. You can also turn your photo into a sketch. Both are good programs, small, and you can get them for free here. Why not keep -or at least try- them both?

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Installing SoftOrbits software has little impact on Windows, and since Photo Retoucher might come in handy for whatever image editing task or project, like ouialaraison, I personally don't see a good reason not to get it when it's on GOTD.

The way I look at it, none of the image editing software that we can install is really intelligent, at least not in the way of software running on however many servers at one of the giant companies. Functions in the software we install are hard-coded, so maybe they'll work the way we want on a particular image or photo, & maybe they won't. That doesn't mean that you can't have favorites, but when/if something doesn't work out quite as hoped, the more image editing apps you have, the more image editing apps you can try.

As far as Photo Retoucher itself goes, IMHO it's more intended for quick work, where perfection is less important than getting something you might feel is reasonable with the least amount of time & effort. Using the 1st example on their Tutorials page for example, the one with two young men, they show a solution that's pretty fast & easy. The results are also imperfect, but they may well be good enough.

TO do a more exacting job in a more full featured editing app, I'd 1st work with curves & levels to get a greater dynamic range between light & dark. Then I'd start making selections or masks [to isolate areas to be repaired], working on repairing the damage. In this case that would likely involve some scratch & spot removal, along with painting using the clone & regular brushes. Once that was completed I'd do some overall noise removal, then try to restore some portion of the film grain.

And the whole thing would take me at least a couple few hours. If that photo had sentimental value it might be worth it, but if it was just intended as a small photo illustration on a web page [& subject to re-use or theft, however you look at it personally], that much work might be quite a bit of overkill. I wouldn't expect anyone to look at the photo that closely, & even if they did, that photo's not the point or focus of the web page or blog -- it does it's intended job just being there.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Downloaded and installed on Windows 10 x64 with no problems, however I was surprised to see this.

"If you are satisfied with the trial version of the program, you can buy the full version and unlock all of its features:"

Reply   |   Comment by Raj  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Well... this will be an opportunity to keep on rebuilding my collection of programs victims of the outbreak of spontaneous deactivation of SoftOrbits giveaways (the same one that affected bettersafethansorry and at least 10 others), providing of course they did as they said, and delt successfully with the issue. Photo Retoucher is a good program. Its edge over InPaint and Retouch PIlot is that it supports transparency.

And it does even better now. If I remember well (I uninstalled the deactivated previous version) the program RETAINED transparency where it was originally but wouldn't CREATE transparency (i.e. transparent pixels picked in the source area became opaque when copied in the target area). In this one, copying a transparent area with the clone stamp, you can create transparency wherever you want.

Two hints:

- To modify your selection, click the “deselect” box on the right and re-apply the brush over parts to be excluded from the selection. Then click again the "selection marker" box if needed.

- Clicking the “Original image” button allows you to toggle between original and modified image.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Ok - so seeing that this is version 3.2 I went to my previously installed version,as given away by GAOTD, to check the version number only to discover that it would not open unless I purchased it.
The previous free license key appears to have expired. I know not how or exactly when.
Is this versions license key time limited and likely to be deactivated at some time in the future?

Reply   |   Comment by bettersafethansorry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+68)

Well, this is expected with softorbits software, they offer temporary licences ,after some time, they turn to free versions automatically, simple fact.

Reply   |   Comment by nek4d  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Check here (reply to 1st post):
They claim to have solved that issue.
... and my apologies for the double post below.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Yup -- I also went to my previously installed version (2.4) from 5/14/15, and it wouldn't open -- I could only Buy it or Close the popup window. So the problem is not solved. If you read the comments on other Giveaways by SoftOrbits, you will see that SO's products most always revert and you cannot run them any more.

It's very likely that this version will be deactivated sometime in the future as well, unfortunately.

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Is it me, but looking at the gallery example 'removing tourist' shot it looks as if he wasn't in the original shot and has actually been added. The kerb behind him seems to have some damage. With it being straight and level either side of him why would the program generate that.

Reply   |   Comment by lofty  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Like John I was not convinced by the gallery. I investigayed rather differently and worked on the original using Soft Orbits. No way did I manage to created the 'after' photo. Removing the guy in the centre in one hit was an absolute mess. Doing it bit by bit I got a reasonable removal but no way did I reconstruct the building behind his head as the example does. The other bit I failed to recreate was the blue windown surround in the small right hand group. Best I managed was a door right down to the ground.
Out of interest I also worked on this using good old Inpaint. I must confess this is a favourite of mine and I think it did a better job than ny Softorbit ventures. But no way did it econstruct stuff as in the sample.
All of these reconstruction programs have strong and aeak points and some will do better than others in any given sample, in my opinion. So if you want a progam this will probably do a reasonable job in most cases. I

Reply   |   Comment by Revcoling  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

The kerb 'damage' may be due to the program 'pulling' from the lawn area when filling.

Reply   |   Comment by paule  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I too was not convinced by the before/after pictures. I too tried using Inpaint in small parts to remove the man. The curb came out straight and the building behind the man's head came out better than the "after" photo. I will stick with time tested Inpaint which does NOT have an expiring license.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Doyle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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