You might be very familiar with Google’s magic eraser tool that made its debut with Photos and the Pixel range of devices, but did you know the technology isn’t exclusive to the search giant? That’s right, others have created the same tools before and after Google in an effort to advance AI and provide users with a way to magically remove unwanted objects from photos.
Today I came across a website aptly named “Magiceraser.io”, and after trying it out, I realized it was pretty good compared to others I’ve tinkered with in the past. I should also mention that this is not sponsored in any way, and I just googled magic eraser tools and liked what I found. I first came across this MakeUseOf article, which covered five alternatives to Google’s Magic Eraser feature, and didn’t like most of the tools in it.
Things like Snapseed – Google’s own Android app for editing photos – were fantastic, but others like TouchRetouch and “Cleanup.pictures” which were covered tended to leave an ugly shadow on the table after fruit and vegetables have been erased (this is the example the author gave).
With Magiceraser.io, I didn’t have this issue as much, which made it seem much more like the eraser found on the Pixel than I had originally thought. It’s by no means perfect, but if you watch the video below you’ll see that it removed those Pixel Buds and the red YouTube log with no problem, while mostly preserving the Chromebook edge and wood grain texture.
Now something like Lightroom for Android would obviously be more ideal for those kinds of edits, but for quick, on-the-fly deletion of an item if you can’t bother installing an app for few use cases frequently, visiting a website or “web application” makes things easier.
If you decide to give it a try, I highly recommend launching it in your Chromebook’s app launcher, turning it into an icon with a few clicks. That way, it’s immediately accessible, and you can even pin it to your device’s shelf if you want!
Magiceraser.io requires no registration and is completely free for basic editing, but for some reason it limits your ability to edit in high resolution unless you pay $9.99 per month. To me, it makes absolutely no sense to pay a monthly subscription for something so trivial and new unless you find yourself using it a ton. In such cases, you will probably opt for something more official, branded and powerful. I guess everyone and their mom has to have a subscription these days, and the world is out to drown you in subscriptions, so I’m not surprised.
Even worse, they have annual fees, which means that even if you spend $7.99 per month if you pay everything upfront, it will cost you $95.98 per year to remove items from the images! It just makes me wonder how out of touch many developers really are with the consumer and their pockets. Correct me if I’m wrong, but no sane person would spend so much on such a tool unless their job depended on it, which again comes down to the fact that such a person would simply be paying for something else. with more features.
Still, this tool is really good at what it does, and it’s at least worth playing around with, so stick to the free tier. Simply drag and drop an image onto the homepage or click the upload box to add your own image. Oh, and the company – “aarzoo, Inc.” also has a BackgroundEraser.io website that also lets you quickly cut out images from their backgrounds, saving you the hassle of opening a more established tool. It does a good job of softening the image realistically, and you can slap a new color background behind the image once you’re done. Let me know in the comments if you have any other magic eraser tools you’d like me to cover or explore, as I love spending time discovering new web apps to cover.
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