It’s no secret that we l-o-v-e Instagram. Connecting with friends from all over the country, and even the world, through pictures is just too fun. Maybe we’re little biased because we’re photographers, but a social media platform that’s dedicated entirely to PICTURES is. our. jam. We share a ton of our professional work on our Instagram accounts, but we also love to share instant photos from our personal life taken with our trusty iPhones. Sometimes we snap a photo we love from our phones, and there’s something in it that’s distracting our eye from appreciating the memory, but we still want to put it on Instagram. Today, we’re going to share our quick-fix secret: how to remove objects from your phone photos!

Here’s a little screenshot of Amy’s last six posts. Today, we’re going to pay attention to the one on the bottom right of the grid (taken with an iPhone).


So here’s the photo you saw on Amy’s Instagram:Iphone_0002

And here’s the original photo straight out of the phone:


AH!! Notice anything different? Besides the edited photo being much lighter (which we’ll get to to tomorrow!) you’ll notice the one Amy posted is CLUTTER-FREE! No beer advertisements to be found! The eye sores all along the gate are gone, and it only took us a minute to do it! No Photoshop or computer required!



We LOVED this original photo because of the PEOPLE who are in it, which is why we wanted to post this shot in the first place. This was such a fun memory for us, but when other people look at it, we wanted them to notice the PEOPLE, and not be distracted by the eyesores on the fence. In fact, those unwanted objects were just begging to be removed!

So how did we do this? In one minute? While we were out and about roaming the streets of San Francisco?!

We pulled out our TouchRetouch app! It’s one of our favorite apps, and it’s only $1.99 in the App store!

Here are the steps you can take to do the same thing whenever you have a cell phone photo you love, with an eyesore you don’t:

1. Open the app and click “open from gallery.” Select the photo you want to use.


2. Once the photo has loaded in, select the lasso tool in the bottom left corner.


3. With the lasso tool selected, zoom in on the part of the image that has the eyesore. Use your finger to draw a circle all the way around the object, until the circle is closed.


4. Once you connect the circle with your finger, it will automatically fill it in and turn it red. That’s when you select the “play” button, and let it work it’s magic! Boom! Goodbye, eyesore!


5. Repeat this process (if necessary) with any other major eye sores in your image. In our case, all the advertisements on the fence are gone now (woo hoo!) and we’re ready to save it using the “save” icon in the lower right corner.

Iphone_0008That took all of one minute to complete! Now, of course, just like with any photo editing software, it’s not always going to be perfect. You’ll get the best results when trying to remove an object that has clean, unaffected pixels around it.

If you really want to get fancy with it, you can even use the clone stamping tool (which is in between the play button and the save button) if the lasso tool isn’t cutting it, but let’s be real, when you’re trying to post a photo on the go, you want it to be as quick as possible! That’s why we didn’t spend ten minutes trying to take the words off the glass. Is it possible? YES! Is it practical? Not in our opinion! Our goal was an iPhone photo that was clean enough so that your eyes would go to the people. We’d say mission accomplished!


We hope this tip will make posting your cell phone photos on the go a little more fun! Tomorrow, we’ll share how we quickly edit our phone photos to match the consistency and color of our professional photos as much as possible in the blink of an eye! We’ll see you back here then!

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    Evan + Lee

    Thanks for the recommendation! We just purchased the app!!


    Thanks for the tip! That is cool to know :)

    Amy & Jordan

    Ah yay! You're going to love it! :)

    Amy & Jordan

    So glad you found it helpful! :)

    jamie delaine

    That's really fun you guys!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Jamie!! <3


    Thank you for the tip, I love that app! Can I ask a weird question on where you got your tribal looking sweater? Adorable :)

    Amy & Jordan

    So glad to help! And haha yes! Thank you! It's from Closet Candy Boutique!

    Billye Woodruff

    This is so fun!!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much Billye! It makes us feel like wizards :)

    Elizabeth Nord

    This is AMAZING!!! I just bought it and used it on one of my iPhone photos and I'm o obsessed! It's actually pretty easy and it makes a huge difference :) Thank you so sharing! I'm going to have so much fun with this app haha!

    Amy & Jordan

    Isn't it amazing!? It really makes us feel way cooler than we are! Haha it works like a charm :) So glad you love it!


    That was seriously the best thing next to being able to take pictures with your phone. Thank you so much. I didn't know the app exist. That was super easy. They have an Android version which I just downloaded. Now I've got my work cut out for me. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

    Amy & Jordan

    We're so glad this helped!!!