[Windows] Retouch and restore old photos with Retouch Pilot

Retouch PilotThere is no shortage of photo editing tools on the internet today. Every time you turn around it seems like someone else has a new one for you to try. So when I first came across Retouch Pilot, I was not expecting much, just more of the same. However, the program actually turned out to be extremely helpful, and fun to use.


Main Functionality

Retouch Pilot is a program that allows you to retouch your pictures by removing imperfections from a photo you have stored on your computer. You can remove things from pictures, like scratches, spots from dust particles and hair, and even remove technical imperfections.


  • Easily remove imperfections from your pictures, like dust particles, scratches and more
  • Physically change a photo with cool effects, like Warp, Bloat and Pucker
  • Trial Mode allows you to see what a picture will look like before making any changes
  • Allows for retouching even in complex backgrounds
  • Live tutorial shows you how to use the program visually instead of with just words
  • Free and paid versions available


  • Free version does not come with all the same features as the paid version. More specifically, the free version doesn’t have ‘Smart Patch’ and ‘Elastic’ tools.
  • Takes some time to learn all of the different touchups you can do with this program (highly recommend to watch all of the tutorials)


Retouch Pilot ScreenshotRetouch Pilot is a great program! After using it for just a bit, I can honestly say that I like it better than some of the other photo editing tools I have used in the past. That being said, I cannot stress it enough to watch the tutorials. If you really want to see all of the stuff you can do with this program, you need to watch the live tutorials.

In fact, the tutorials are one of the coolest things about the program. While other program just provide you with a “Help” file, Retouch Pilot gives you “Demonstrations.” This opens up right when you start the program, but can also be accessed again by clicking on demonstrations in the toolbar at the top of the program. Here they will walk you through the steps of editing your pictures and what everything does. It is because of this tutorial that I can recommend this program do beginners.

This program allows you to do so much that it’s hard to cover it all. Some of the things that you can do include removing scratches and imperfections from pictures, physically change someone’s face and body, and even smart patch (we will get to more on smart patching in a second). Pretty much any changes you need to make to a picture you can do with Retouch Pilot.

As I said before, there are some features that the free version does not come with. One of these features (at least listed on their site) is smart patch. This is actually a very cool feature that I messed around with a little during the trial version. Pretty much, it allows you to edit pictures by patching certain areas with colors from another. So let’s say you have an imperfection in your background. Simply patch that part of the background with an area of the other background that is not messed up. It takes a bit to get the hang of this tool, but once you do, it becomes very helpful.


If you are looking to restore your old photos or make changes to newer ones, Restore Pilot can help you. It may not be the best picture editor out there, but it can surely hold its own against some of the best. Not only that, but the easy-to-understand walkthrough really gives this program a leg up on other programs. With a free and pro version both available, it is hard not to recommend this program.

Price: Two Versions: Free and Pro ($29.99 for home edition)

Version reviewed: 3.5.3

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Download size: 3.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Is it portable? No

Retouch Pilot homepage

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  • donna31

    Retouch pilot is not bad, but the best is PaintShop Pro for photo retouching, in my opinion, because I started learning from tutorials like this http://www.paintshoppro.com/en/pages/retouch-photos/ I god used to using PaintShop Pro, and it’s much simpler then other softwares.

  • Godel

    As someone else noted on GAOTD, the free “Lite” (3.5MB) version from their website DOES save in other than their proprietary format and DOES include the Smart Patch tool, despite what it says on their web site.

    So the company may have made a mistake with their attempt at crippleware.

  • Seeker_1

    I attempted to download and install this program on Windows 7, 64 bit, but Norton 360 would not allow installation and removed it because it was “suspicious?”


  • ArtKns

    It is available for free today (01-03-13), at


  • Shawn

    @Ashraf for the DotTech’ers here I’ll make a tutorial on how to use Cameyo to avoid getting a system messed up with GOTD files… the more they know the better it is…

    I’m not looking for piracy but more privacy issues covered due to unfair practices…

    But I’ll only make theses documents and send them to you for review first…

  • AFPhys

    Thank you for finding the time to again review the GOTD offerings despite some of the nasty comments of a few people there.

    I’ll be adding this one to my main computer.

  • I use photoshop and found that this did some things better than photoshop Definitely useful to have as well. It also installs a plugin for photoshop which is brilliant

  • tomcat

    Thanks for yet another highly helpful review. As a result, I’ll get the program.

    But it would be nice if it could be compared to the similar Inpaint, also offered recently by GAoD.

  • Shawn

    I tried to remove some inperfections on a photo of me and it didn’t do any changes… I must be perfect then xD

    But seriously this program works well on hi-res images anything with a low pixel rate and this program will cause artifacts…