Every device has it’s particular strengths and weaknesses, and while it’s true that there are certain tasks you can do on a computer that are not as easy to do on an iPad, the list of tasks that can’t be accomplished on an iPad is an ever-shrinking list.
Photo editing is a case in point. It’s been possible to do basic photo-editing on the iPad for years now, but anything beyond basic has always sent me back to my computer. That’s starting to change though, as new apps such as Handy Photo ($2.49) emerge which let me do things for which I used to need Adobe Photoshop ($9.99 per month).
Context-aware healing is a great example. In Adobe Photoshop the context aware healing brush lets you select an object in a photo that you want to remove and Photoshop will remove it and fill in the background intelligently – guessing at, and reconstructing what might have been behind the now-deleted object, based on its context. (It’s quite magical to watch, really).
Amazingly, you can now do that on the iPad using a remarkable app called “Handy Photo“. It’s very simple to use, and besides letting you delete objects, lets you move them and perform a range of other photoshop-like tricks that I haven’t seen in any other iPad apps. The gap between computer and iPad is closing rapidly.
I’ve been using Handy Photo for a while now (for personal use), but demonstrated it for the first time at a workshop the other day, to the amazed gasps of the audience. I thought if it impressed them so much, it could be worth sharing here, too.