Best Photo Editing App on Android - Snapseed

Photo Editing made easy – Snapseed

All of us want a one cool photo editing app in our smartphone, which can do just about everything, There is a lot of photo of apps in this category, some of the famous ones are Adobe Photoshop Express, PicsArt, Pixlr and others. But there is ONE APP which outstands the competition is Snapseed. Let’s discuss various aspects of Snapseed in this post.

What can Snapseed do?

It’s a complete and professional photo editor for all your needs. Even if you are a novice in photo editing, the app provides Auto Adjust so that you don’t have to worry about learning everything. It also provides short and handy tutorials for using the app under Insights section at the bottom of the home screen of the app, so you don’t have to be expert in photo editing in order to use this app. You can also check out this tutorial on Snapseed.

How good is Snapseed?

It’s a completely awesome app with 29 Tools and Filters, stands apart among other photo editors like PicsArt and Pixlr.
You can adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Ambience, Highlights, Shadows, and Warmth with Tune Image tool. Also, it comes with Cropping in 9 aspect ratios.
Snapseed can  AutoFill the corners when you adjust the Perspective of an image. You can also tune the image settings on a particular portion of the app using Selective tuning.
Suppose there’s an unwanted object in the picture, you can easily have that unwanted object removed using Healing Tool, isn’t that amazing and magical? Check it in action.

You can also expand the image using Smart Expand, which will insert content into the pic using Smart Artificial Intelligence. It’s exactly opposite to crop.
Other tools include Brush, Text, Vignette, White Balance, Rotate, Curves, and Details.

Besides this, the app has 23 Frames with adjustable size.

There are a lot of instances when we want to compare our current image ( after applying effects and editing) with the original one. This app takes care of that as well. It gives you a Preview button at the top right corner on each screen, if you press and hold it, you will see the original image, if you release it and you will get the current state.

Filters in Snapseed

Filters include Lens Blur, Glamour Glow, Tonal Contrast, HDR Scape, Grunge, Drama, Grainy Film, Vintage, Retrolux, Black & White, Noir, Frames, Double Exposure among others. Developed by Google, you can almost always expect great quality. And the great part is, you can specify the central point of Filter in the image which provides great flexibility.
Now you would be amazed to know that it provides 12 types of Vintage Filters. Noir is another unique filter which has Black and White film looks, also provides realistic grain and the “wash” effect.

Snapseed Filters
Snapseed Filters

It also provides a way to blend 2 pics with different blend modes using Double Exposure.  Learn more about Filters on Snapseed here.

Snapseed FAQs

Can I use Snapseed on PC or Desktop?

No, currently you cannot use Snapseed on your PC or Desktop, It is only available as Mobile App.

Does Snapseed support RAW?

Yes, Snapseed allows you to edit RAW image files on Android as well as iPhone. Check out this video for more

How can I merge two images into one using Snapseed?

Snapseed provides double exposure tool which can help you merge multiple images into one. Follow these steps.

  1. Open the first Image using Snapseed.
  2. Choose Double exposure from the filters.
  3. You’ll now have the option to add one more image at the bottom. Choose the second image.
  4. Adjust the position and opacity for the second image. Choose Blend mode.
Merge 2 Images using Snapseed

How do I blur an image using Snapseed?

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the required image in Snapseed.
  2. Go to the Tools section, and find Lens Blur.
  3. Choose the portion to be blurred.
    You can also choose the healing option to edit a specific part of the photo.

Uniqueness of Snapseed

Healing and Expand features are not present with such precision in any other app. Besides this, It also provides you with “Enhance Face” feature which has various filters to enhance the faces of a person in the image. It uses Facial Recognition behind the scenes.
Great part, it comes without any ads and without any price. It never asks you to link to any of the accounts or cloud-like Adobe Photoshop Express.

Where do I get Snapseed?

It’s free of cost without any ads or anything, provided by the technology giant Google. You can get it on Google Play Store or iTunes App Store

Will it Stay?

Google has shown great intent to improve it with all the Artificial Intelligence power, it gets regular updates. So, I think with the variety of features and with ease with which one can use it, it’s here to stay. You wouldn’t have to replace it with any new app soon.

Problems/ Missing Features?

You can not use it for making a nice collage. Basically, you can only edit only 1 photo at a time.
Also, It has got limited templates for adding text to your photos, which can be improved in the upcoming versions.

Rating (out of 5)

I will rate it 4.5 out of 5. How do you rate it?

Final Verdict

If you want to have one cool photo editor in your smartphone, then Snapseed is that app.

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Photo Editing made easy – Snapseed

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