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Patch: Smart Portrait Editor

By Henry Lee

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Patch is a smart portrait editing app. With Patch, you can add an artistic depth effect to your portraits. Patch uses a neural network to automatically blur the background of your photos, an effect similar to that from an expensive professional camera and lens.

• Automatically adds depth effects ('bokeh') to your photos.
• Tools to fix up the results when Patch doesn't get things quite right. It tries to be smart, but sometimes it needs a bit of help.
• Multiple blur settings to make sure every photo looks just right.

What's New in Version 1.3

• Minor updates to the neural network. You may notice slightly better accuracy.
• Pricing for the watermark removal purchase is now shown, without having to initiate a purchase.


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Customer Reviews

Decent but tools need work

You must always go in and edit the area it selected for blurring but the simple editing tools aren’t great. The basic brush and eraser are your finger and given that my finger isn’t transparent it’s nearly impossible to get a nice clean edge since I am always guessing. I’d suggest using a stylus or Pencil to get the most out of this app. For the developer I’d consider some sort of offset mode for the brush. Possibly drag to move and force touch to activate.

Once you get a nice clean outline though the effect and app work well. It’s just a shame it takes many minutes to do it right. At this rate I open it in some other app on my computer and do it in 30 seconds. As is, I won’t be buying this app because it’s not saving me time or effort, but it’s certainly a cool party trick.

My favorite app, seriously!

I can't tell you when is the last time I've written a review for an app, but I made a point to back track to the market to write one for this app because I am in love with it.

It's not perfect, I have to go in and hit the little paint brush or eraser at the top sometimes to clarify what I want to be blurred or clear but seriously, this app makes my everyday iPhone 6 pics look like something taken with a professional camera! And it's free!!! I'm paying the $2 to remove the watermark bc it's that good, lol and I never pay for free apps!!

Great Addition to the Toolbox

Patch has become a significant go-to tool for me when processing photos on my iPad. I often clean up my photos with Snapseed, and then I go to Patch to blur the background in a fairly high percentage of my photos. I have no idea what the algorithm is, but the blurring is very realistic looking, and reminds me a lot of the results I get with an SLR and expensive lenses. I like it so much that I even bought an Apple Pencil, so I could be more precise in selecting the blurry area of my photos. Great job!

Patch: Smart Portrait Editor
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 21.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Remove Watermark$1.99