Photo Retouch Tool

On the tool bar Tools, select Photo Retouch

This opens the Photo Retouch Tool bar with many different tools (Brushes) for photo retouching. These tools helps you to retouch an image with special selection of retouching Brushes. You can paint and it will change contrast, lighten up the image, boost colors etc.... Exactly on the spot where you painting.
With Photo Retouch tools you have own set of Brush types in the Brushes bar. They cover the most common sizes and sensitivity. Of course you an load your own set of brushes. If you want you can also experiment with different Brush Modes beside Normal. You can try Overlay, If Lighter etc..

When you retouching photographs, remember that you can always use Original Brush, to paint the Original image back.

 This brush allows you to Brush-In contrast to any area of the image.

You can of course change the contrast of whole image with Contrast & Brightness, but the contrast brush will allow you to brush-in the contrast to the exact place where you need it.

 This brush lighten image. With the soft brush size you can use it as a tool for creating highlights.

The Lighten image will enhance the brightness of the spot where you are painting.

 This Brush darken the image. With the soft brush size you can use it as a tool for creating shadows.

This tool will decrease the brightness of a spot where you painting.


 This brush changes the color into the Black and White. You can de colorize some part of the image, or just with Brush Opacity make the colors less visible. Also you can use it as a composition tool to enhance some object. You can achieve the same effect opposite way - first turn the whole image to gray scale and the use Original Brush to bring up the colors.


 This Brush boost and enhance the colors of the image as you paint. Be careful not to over burn the image with color...

   With this brush you can colorize any image. Just select the foreground color from Color & texture bar and paint on the image. This isn't the same as simple painting over the image, coloring preserve the details and intensity. Now you can change car or clothes colors! If the coloring is too strong use the Brush Opacity slider to soften the color cover. As always, if you paint over something else, don't worry, you can anytime remove it with Original Brush. (See the end of this page)
Colorize simulates the old fashioned technique of "colorizing" black and white photos with special colors. It could produce very realistic results.
If you are looking for other simple way how to replace colors on image , you can use any normal brush (Paint Brush for example) and select Overlay mode in the Brush bar. This produces stronger "artificially looking" results.
   Skin brush clean the skin. You will need to use it few times over the face to remove most disturbing skin details.
You can also try an automatic filter from Filters-Noise-Auto Clean Skin
   This brush removes thin scratches over the image. The tool is best for a film scratches, but it could remove also thin telephone cables, lines etc....

 This is a simple yet sometimes very powerful brush. It allows you to paint a horizontal or vertical transition between 2 points. Great for removing vertical or horizontal lines or objects.
First you have to define the horizontal/vertical limits (bridge), then you paint over the image.

We want to remove the pole from the front of the car.  Click on the Bridge tool and draw horizontal line crossing the pole  Now you are ready to paint over the pole...  If something goes wrong, use Original Brush and Repeat Bridge few times until the image become perfect.

In PhotoSEAM this tool works also across the tile borders.

   This brush will paint a Blur into the image. The blur effects is not very strong so you should paint, then release mouse button and then paint again to achieve stronger effect.
   This brush sharpen the image under it as you paint.
The effect may be a little strong, so you can adjust it by sliding the opacity slider.

This brush paints back the original of the tile.
The original is defined when image is loaded from the disk (such as digital photography) and the tile is defined. Original is not defined if you start painting into new document. However anytime you can set or define new original of the image from the menu Image >Set as Original. Also you can paste completely new original with Paste as original in the menu Edit.

Note: In PhotoSEAM the Original of the tile is not the whole "original" image, but just the image of the size of the tile itself. To paint the true original even across the tile borders you can use Cross-Border Clone tool instead.

You can use Original brush not only to put back if you make a mistakes, but you can also try reverse process, where you can apply the effects on the whole image and then paint back areas which shouldn't have the effect.



Open a image of flower and crate a smaller tile.  Use Cross Border Clone to paint the rest of the flower - from the photography even across the tile borders. Click on Photo retouch Tool and select Original Brush. Select a reasonable Brush Size from the Brushes bar. Painting over with Original brush will return the image to the previous Tile Original..