Snapseed – a review

I’ve been using Snapseed as the primary photo editing app on my phone for some time. It’s powerful and easy to use, more so than the default photo editing app that comes with my Samsung phone. Amateur Photographer just published a detailed review. If you have an Android or Apple phone, I’d definitely recommend it.

Nik Software has been developing a range of excellent plug-ins and standalone software for photographers since the 1990s. Most famous for its image-editing program Snapseed, the company was acquired by Google in 2012 and its focus was steered towards mobile image editing. The desktop version of Snapseed was dropped in 2013 and the mobile app began having bigger and better updates.

Skip forward to April 2015 and Snapseed 2.0 was released in the Google Play and Apple App Store. This new update was a complete overhaul. The user interface changed and the toolset became more comprehensive than ever, making it one of the most sophisticated editing apps available – all for free!

It’s available on iOS and Android, and both versions work similarly across both platforms, with the same feature set. The interface is also consistent between tablets and phones. Once the app is open, users can edit images from albums on their smart device. When an image is open, there are a few options. By double-tapping the screen, users can zoom into the image and move around using the navigator in the bottom left of the screen. When zoomed out, users can toggle a histogram on or off in the bottom-left corner. In the top right is a menu that allows users to undo, redo, revert a recent adjustment, share the image, or look at the details of the file including camera, shutter speed, aperture and more. The most important element, though, is the Pencil icon in the bottom right, which marks all the editing functions available. These are in two sections: Tools and Filters.


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