Updated · Aug 17, 2022
Best for: Free background removal
What is PicWish?
PicWish is an online image editor that specializes in removing backgrounds. It can also handle:
It’s no Photoshop, but it will do basic touch-ups just fine. The thing that makes it stand out from similar services is that it’s AI-powered.
The best part: it’s free!
Other than the web and desktop app, you can use it on your phone (iOS and Android).
For the sake of this PicWish review, I’ve tested it on copious amounts of cat pics. Let’s find out if there are any impurrfections with the service!
Online image editors are only as good as their tools. Here’s what you can expect from PicWish:
This feature is in the spotlight of all PicWish reviews — and for a reason. It can erase simple and complex backgrounds flawlessly with just one click.
It works on products, humans, animals, graphics — you name it. That makes it great for eCommerce and marketing purposes, and even ID photos.
So, how does it work?
First, you’ll need to upload your image. Once it’s loaded, the editor will automatically delete the background. In most cases, the AI is impeccably precise. But, you can finetune rough edges with a brush. The whole process takes just a few seconds.
Finally, you can download the finished product.
For my test, I made PicWish remove the background on this picture.
As you can see, it handled the furry outline very well.
Ever taken a pic, and this passerby is photobombing your perfect vista? Well, PicWish has just the tool for you.
It allows you to edit out unwanted objects. That includes:
All you need to do is upload your pic and select the problematic areas. The app will then automatically delete them.
Here’s what I did:
This AI-enhancing feature is the cure for blurry pictures. It can transform low-res photos into crisp, high-definition ones. It works on portraits, groups, landscapes, logos, and more.
It’s a fairly simple affair.
You upload your image, and PicWish will instantly unblur it.
The Image Enlarger is another mighty tool in PicWish’s arsenal. The name says it all. You can upscale pics by 200% and 400%.
Unlike traditional upscalers, this one won’t impact the quality thanks to its deep learning technology.
I’ve used it on the tiniest cat in the world that’s totally real and not photoshopped.
This is the original:
And this is the 2X upscaled result:
PicWish’s compressor can work with formats like:
The upload size is unlimited, which is awesome. You can choose what you prioritize: size-first, normal compression, or clear-first. Either way, you can balance photo quality and file size.
The PicWish app can also crop your pictures. Your options are:
- Preset ratios
- Crop to exact size.
The presets are optimized for social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Developers will be glad to know that there are three image processing APIs:
- Background removal
- Objects removal
- Photo enhancing.
You can integrate them into your workflow and edit pictures on the fly.
They support PNG, JPG, and BMP files. Admittedly, the range could be better. On top of that, the resolution should be less than 4096 x 4096, and the file size less than 10MB.
PicWish is also available as a free Android and iOS app. However, many users have complained in their PicWish reviews about its incompatibility with the desktop version.
That’s because they are two independent products developed by different teams. That also means the membership systems are separate, and you can’t switch between the mobile app and the Windows/Mac version.
So, there’s zero connection between the two, which is very unfortunate.
Ease of Use and Interface
PicWish is incredibly straightforward. You can find everything at a glance, and using the tools requires no technical knowledge whatsoever.
There are tutorials on the website, but I doubt you’ll need them.
It’s that simple!
The editing process wasn’t as smooth as it could’ve been, though. The PicWish photo enhancer was stuttery at times, and I had to retry some pics. But, other than that, I don’t have any complaints.
You can use PicWish for free. But, you’ll have to pay for API functionality. The pricing scheme is based on credits.
You can get a monthly subscription, starting from 100 credits per month for $9.90, up to one million for $8999.
Or, you can pay as you go: $0.39 per credit.
I like that you can choose depending on your needs and commitment!
PicWish Review — Verdict
All things considered, PicWish is a nifty little background remover. As long as you don’t expect professional Photoshop-level edits, you’ll be satisfied with the results. It’s quick and novice-friendly, and not to mention free.
My biggest issue is that the mobile version doesn’t sync with the desktop app. That’s just disappointing.
Otherwise, this editor works exactly as described!
Selma is a content writer with a love for all things nerdy by day and an internet archaeologist that likes to dig up obscurities by night. Mostly she's trying to balance between many obsessions. Right now, it's bass playing and reading hard sci-fi about vampires in outer space - next week, who knows.
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