Snapseed is a free application which pulls down all other general photo-editing apps that are available in the market and those which were even tested in terms of professional quality and control. It can also be considered closest to a Photoshop CC for mobile devices. Snapseed isn’t for a casual user, but for serious photographers who want or need to spend time creating the best possible image. Thus, it is filled with a full array of top-notch editing tools, including selective edit brushes as well as a nice collection of film-related filters (who doesn’t love filters?).
For detail-oriented photographers, Snapseed can be not only fun but also addictive. The users can enjoy themselves by just wandering through its range of exposure, color, masking and reshaping tools, brushes, and filters and experiment with different settings. Because the editing is nondestructive, we can always go into the Stack( kind of history of the edits) and adjust or eliminate any edit (including correcting misspelled text). Or we can use a Stacks brush to apply an effect to only a portion of our picture.
Snapseed continues to add to its arsenal of photo tools. For the most part, they are quite useful and effective, such as the new Curves exposure dialog. Snapseed uses gestures to make edits to photos. For instance, in the Tone tool, swipe up or down to select from among Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Ambience, Highlights, Shadows and Warmth. Then swipe left or right to increase or decrease the intensity of that effect. While this is the kind of information that is well-documented in Snapseed’s generally helpful tutorials, other key controls and gestures — such as pinching to resize the brushes — are not as clearly explained and are often discoverable only by experimenting.
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Because Snapseed is now owned by Google, it’s really surprising to find that the iOS version of the program is a peg above the Android version. For instance, the iOS version can use our phone’s camera to create a new image, while the Android version can’t do this. Both can import RAW files (as well as JPEGs) from folders on our device (including the camera roll), but on Android, the RAW import is limited to DNG. The iOS version imports over 140 different RAW formats. On the other hand, the Android version accesses Google Photos in addition to the camera’s gallery; iOS is limited to the device’s albums.
The biggest problem that Snapseed faces is the lack of an auto-save as we work. So if we accidentally tap the back button before we save, we will lose all our work. Sharing is an afterthought, because that activity isn’t photocentric in the traditional sense. However, its quite easy to post images to Facebook and other apps installed on our devices. (Yay to that!)
Installation and Download
Installing this application is free, official Google app is quite simple. Here are the necessary steps:
- Open the Google Play Store on Android device
- Search Snapseed application
- Locate and tap the entry
- Tap Install
- Allow the installation to complete
Tada ! It’s done. Once installed, we’ll find the launcher for Snapseed on our home screen, in our App Drawer, or both. Tap the launcher to open the app and start using it.
- Effective photo-editing tools
- Nondestructive editing
- Very Selective edit brushes
- Good selection of photographic filters