A few years ago I saw a video of Adobe’s Photoshop which highlighted the app’s ability to erase, delete, or obscure unwanted background objects from photos, and fill in the area with surrounding elements.
That was an impressive demonstration of a complicated process which Photoshop brought to a few of the masses– those who can afford Photoshop and who have the time for the lengthy learning curve. Today we Mac users can rejoice with half a dozen unwanted object erasers, including one called Super Eraser.
How super Super Eraser is depends upon a mix of your skill, the object within the photo you want to delete or erase, but with some photos and objects it works surprisingly well, especially considering the price tag.
Super Eraser’s user interface is mostly self explanatory and devoid of complicated tools and floating palettes. Instead, a slider bar lets you adjust the thickness of the eraser brush, the zoom in button lets you zoom into an extreme closeup, and that’s about it.
What can you erase from a photo? Pretty much any object you don’t want to see in the photo. How well they get erased depends upon the object, how complicated the background around the object is, and how skillful you are at, well, erasing. Practice makes perfect, and trial and error is your friend.
Here are a few good examples.
Super Eraser is good for removing logos from photos, erasing watermarks, deleting signatures or photo time date stamps, and very good at eliminating telephone poles, electric wires, and not bad at erasing scars, blemishes, and acne from portraits.
I bought Super Eraser last week when it was on sale for 99-cents on the Mac App Store. It’s worth more than that, so the sale price seems somewhat desperate, though the actual retail price remains less than some competing unwanted object eraser tools, which, admittedly, have a few more features. Snapheal and InPaint come to mind.
What’s missing? Granular tools with more controls. And the developer really needs to get rid of the ridiculous Save icon of a floppy disk. Macs haven’t had floppy disks since somewhere around the late 1990s.