Dear Adobe, Please Add This Amazing Power Line Removal Feature to Lightroom

OK, Lightroom Team — it’s hero time. Short story — my wife, our daughter and me are in Norway (still are by the way), and we’re shooting this charming little church with a Fjord behind it, but there are these big nasty powerlines in front of it. My wife (shooting with her iPhone says), “I’ll take those out in two seconds using this app on my phone.” I thought she was exaggerating, but she showed me how it works (see the video below), and then she says, “Lightroom can do that, right?” And I’m like, “Well, you can remove them manually, but not like that.” You just tap on the line — it senses where the entire line is; selects it and removes it, all in one tap. Come on that is awesome! 

BTW: The whole app is just $1.99. It’s called Touch Retouch.

Yes, it has a healing brush to remove lines and stuff manually, but it’s more like the awesome one in Photoshop (and less like the “not nearly as awesome” spot removal tool in Lightroom).

Watch this super-short video below to see how awesome this $1.99 app is:

So…. dear Lightroom Team, can we have this feature? It would be awesome! One tap — boom — it’s gone.

I know, I know, there are still other features that we need, but can you at least add this one to the list. 🙂

OK, here’s to a great week, where you stay far away from Polar Bears and other scary stuff! 🙂


-Scott “The Nordic Viking Guy” Kelby

P.S. This Friday I’ll be giving the keynote at the Out of Chicago Conference, and I’m pretty psyched about it. Heard so many great things about the conference, and I’m delighted they asked me to speak there this week. Looking forward to meeting some of you there. If you’re not going – you can still go! 🙂

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Watch the last 5 seconds of this Adobe AI video. That is what we need in LR!

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  2. Well, they just added the Heal tool. That’s a start!

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  3. Hope it is made available for Android

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    • I’ve been using it on Android Adobe my Samsung S1.

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  4. I use this ALL the time!! I love it. The only issue is if you shoot in Raw using the LR – iPhone camera the open in Touch Retouch, then you start to lose data in the image.

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  5. That would be a feature. You should go more often on photo tour with your wife 😉

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  6. I have this app, but forgot about this great feature. Thanks for the video! Yes, Adobe needs to get on it, and some other things, too.

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    • But Lori… they don’t have to anymore. You’re locked into that silly subscription so they can move at a snails pace or worse yet do nothing at all and you’ll still buy into it.

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  7. I have been using this app for a while now, and I have to say it is AWESOME!

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  8. I can only agree. I have to go way to often in Photoshop to use the content aware tools to solve this kind of issues. A simpler version added in Lightroom would save a lot of time and GB lost for saving TIFFs…

    And now that Lr is bundled with Photoshop, it’s not even an argument to sell Ps licences, so Adobe, please do 🙂

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