The ClonePic app for iPhone aims to solve the dilemma of unwanted items in our photos by giving you a powerful cloning tool to "clone" unwanted items right out of your photos.
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Review: ClonePic for iPhone – An app for “cloning out” unwanted items from your photos

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We’ve all taken photos that we felt would be perfect were it not for that _______________ (fill in the blank with things such as pimple, stray hair, photo-bomber, glare, reflection, etc…).  ClonePic for iPhone aims to solve the dilemma of unwanted items in our photos by giving you a powerful cloning tool to “clone” unwanted items right out of your photos.

Cloning Away the Bad Stuff

While there are many professional level apps and various types of computer software available for removing items out of photos, ClonePic takes the process and makes it super easy for the average person to remove simple items out of photos.

You simply zoom in on the area of the photo that you want to touch up and select the “Clone Tool”.  The “Clone Tool” is a resizable circle that you can place anywhere on your photo by holding down your finger on a location of the picture.  Once this “Clone Tool” is in place, you can tap any other part of the photo to immediately clone what is in the cloning circle on that new location.

Because I have absolutely no facial flaws whatsoever, I put a sticker in my face in a photo to see if I could remove it using the cloning tool. See the results in the next photo.

Because I have absolutely no facial flaws whatsoever, I put a sticker on my face in a photo to see if I could remove it using the cloning tool. See the results in the next photo.

The results of the cloning removal process. Not only did I remove the sticker, but a few other marks as well with fairly good results.

The results of the cloning removal process. Not only did I remove the sticker, but a few other marks as well with fairly good results.

For instance, you can place the “Clone Tool” on a piece of flawless skin and then tap on a portion of skin that has a pimple.  The flawless skin will be cloned right over the pimple to make it magically “disappear.”  This trick also works on simple scenery items in photos as well.  I had fun removing bad patches of grass from some of my photos and making my lawn look flawless.

For removing basic, unwanted items out of photos, ClonePic is a simple to use tool that gets the job done.

The circular "Cloning Tool".  This tool can be resized to clone large or small areas of the photo.

The circular “Clone Tool”. This tool can be resized to clone large or small areas of the photo.

Not a Professional Level Tool

While ClonePic will remove very basic and easy to fix items out of photos, there are some shortcomings to this photo editing app that will frustrate if you want to try to remove more complicated items out of photos.

For one, the “Clone Tool” is only available in the shape of a resizable circle.  While this shape works great for removing acne or skin markings from photos, trying to remove items that require a straight edge becomes very difficult.  For instance, I took a photo of the reflecting pool on the National Mall during a recent trip to Washington D.C.  One other tourist ended up in my photo right along the edge of the pool.  I tried to remove this person from the photo but could not get the edge of the reflecting pool to remain straight.

Second, it is very tricky to tap in exactly the right location to make things in the photo that are being edited line up perfectly.  For example, I tried to remove something from the branches of a tree in a photo, and could not get the branches of my cloned section to line up exactly with the branches on the tree.  They were always misaligned or looked slightly crooked when compared to the real branches.  Working on removing any items that require this level of exactness are not recommended with this app.

Can you spot what I removed from this photo in the next photo?

Can you spot what I removed from this photo in the next photo?

I removed a couple of the tires from the left hand side of the picture.  However, I ran into issues keeping the straight bars of the playground system looking straight.  It is clear this app is intended mainly for cloning out skin imperfections.

I removed a couple of the tires from the left hand side of the picture. However, I ran into issues keeping the straight bars of the playground system looking straight. It is clear this app is intended mainly for cloning out skin imperfections.

 Verdict: Great for Skin Touch-Ups

If you are looking for a simple way to remove unwanted items from people’s faces or skin, ClonePic is an effective solution.  Clonepic is a little more difficult to use to remove more complicated items from the scenery of photos.

By showing a picture of a face right in the icon of the App, it is clear the developer is focused on the app being a solution mainly for touching up unwanted skin markings in photos.  For this purpose, the app does the job beautifully and is highly recommended.  Clonepic is available right now on the app store for $0.99.  

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