In addition to removing stains, tears, and scratches from photographs, Retoucher is capable of getting rid of other flaws, such as date stamps, wires, and unwanted objects as well. To test this out, I used a photograph my mother emailed me (her pictures always have date stamps).
Getting rid of the date stamp itself is pretty easy, but reconstructing the area of the photo that it used to occupy is what can cause problems when only using basic editing tools, especially in this particular photo where the background behind the date stamp is somewhat complex. Here’s the result I obtained after selecting the date stamp as a single object and applying Retoucher.
Again, that’s a pretty decent result, but how does it compare with other editing tools like the object remover tool in Paint Shop Pro? The problem with trying to use the object remover tool here is that the background is complex enough that the date stamp would need to be broken down in a whole lot of little parts, one for each change in texture and color of the background. This process could take an hour or more. In contrast, the entire date stamp could be selected when using Retoucher. With Retoucher, removing the date stamp took less than a minute.
I also tried using the scratch remover and blemish removal tool to see how they would fare in this photo. Just as with the object remover, both could probably do the trick if you had an hour or more to spend, but neither was offering any real shortcuts.