One of the underrated but impressive features of the recently released Google Pixel 6a is Magic Eraser, a native camera feature that lets you remove unwanted elements from your photos. It works like magic, letting you select the object you want to remove and press the Magic Eraser button. Unfortunately, this easy-to-use camera tool is limited to newer Pixel smartphones. But there is a way to get similar functionality (obviously, under a new name) on another Google app called Snapseed. It’s called Healing and does the same thing as Magic Eraser but is less precise. The good thing about the healing feature is that you can use it on any iPhone or Android smartphone as long as the Snapseed app is installed on your device.
Here’s how to use the healing feature.
Step 1: Download Snapseed
First, download Snapseed on your iPhone or Android smartphone. The Google-owned app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
Step 2: Open an image in Snapseed photo editor
The next step is to open and select a photo you want to erase. Click “Open” in the upper left corner and select one of your photos.
Step 3: Tap on “Tools” and then on Healing
Select a photo from which you want to delete something, press the “Tools” button at the bottom center of the screen. This will take you to the healing screen. We would like to point out here that there is no set of instructions available on how to use the feature. So it can be confusing for some. Now mark an object or a person you want to remove from your photo. You can also zoom in by pinching two fingers on the area you want to delete. This will create a red box indicating where the changes are made. You can use the undo and redo arrows at the bottom of the screen at any time. There is an option to reverse the last edit and hit the back button in the bottom menu. And if you like the results, just save the image. You can now tap “Export” and share your photo or save it.
Our Experience of Using Snapseed Heal Feature on iPhone
In testing, we found the feature to work well. Simply run your finger over the unwanted element of the photo and see the magic happen right in front of you. I removed a small metal plant guard using the healing feature and the results were surprisingly good, but not as precise or accurate as the Pixel Magic Eraser. We recommend selecting an image that does not have too many objects or intricate patterns.