Right from its journey as the ‘iPad app of the year 2011’ to being the most loved iPhone app in recent times, Snapseed has stolen the hearts of photographers; particularly that of ‘iphoneography’ community members.
Long gone are the days when editing an image meant knowing to work in Adobe Photoshop and similar high-end editing software. These days the technology is so advanced not only in the abundance of features/functionality available but also it is incredibly easy to use and navigate.
I think what I love the most about mobile image editing apps compared to their bulky, intimidating desktop versions is their ‘self-learnability’ and quick learning curve in familiarizing with the equally powerful collection of tools that can take your often ‘okay’ photos to ‘wow!’ Instagram-like photos.
The only disadvantage I can think of is, I tend to use Snapseed only when I have plenty of time and patience to play around with the filters. Unlike the default edit feature of iPhone ‘Photos’ app where editing takes just a few seconds. ( The result is nothing compared to the awesomeness of Snapseed final image)
As you click on the Edit button, there are the neatly organized ‘Tools’ and ‘Filters’ section. The swipe ‘up-down’ and swipe ‘ left-right’ feature enables us to choose detailing options such as brightness, saturation, contrast, etc. Under the Tools section, there is,
- Tune image(adjust brightness, saturation, contrast, ambiance, highlights, shadow and warmth)
- Details(change structure and sharpening)
- Transform(adjust vertical perspective, horizontal perspective, rotation)
- Vignette(adjust outer brightness, inner brightness)
There are exciting Filters options available such as:
- Lens Blur(adjust blur strength, transition, vignette strength)
- Glamour Glow(adjust glow, saturation, warmth)
- Tonal Contrast(change high tones, mid tones, low tones, protect highlight, protect shadows)
- HDR Scape(adjust filter strength, brightness, saturation)
- Drama(adjust filter strength, saturation)
- Grunge(adjust style, brightness, contrast, saturation, texture strength)
- Grainy Film(change grain, style strength)
- Vintage( adjust brightness, saturation, style strength, vignette strength)
- Retrolux(adjust brightness, saturation, contrast, style strength, scratches, light leaks)
- Noir(adjust brightness, wash, grain, filter strength)
- Black & White(adjust brightness, contrast, grain)