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Snapseed review. Move over Photoshop and Lightroom, there’s a new competitor on the scene! While less known to the aforementioned adobe giants of photo editing, Snapseed is a relatively new app that specialises in editing photos. Although a desktop version existed, the iPhone/iPad version proved vastly more popular, and the desktop version of the app was discontinued.

In this review we’ll be taking a look at the mobile version of Snapseed and analysing some of its features and its performance in comparison with better-known competitors, Photoshop and Lightroom.

What does Snapseed have to Offer?

So what has Snapseed got to offer? To be honest, a lot of the things its competitors do! As a mobile photography app, Snapseed contains all the tools you’ll need to edit your photos; be it cropping, adjusting the rotation, or the standard changes to brightness and contrast, everything is available and easily found via its compact and easy to use interface.

We’ve touched upon the interface on Lightroom and Photoshop CC for mobile in previous reviews, and while not technically bad, they seem to be a bit more muddled compared to that of Snapseed.

Separated into three different options of “Looks”, “Tools” and “Export”, the bar at the bottom of the screen is where you’ll find everything you need to take one of your photos and turn it into a masterpiece. While there are a lot of features of Snapseed to analyse, we’ll focus on these three main ones.

Snapseed Filters

In “Looks”, you’ll find a selection of options to transform your photos. These are much like filters, but with more to offer; in addition to the regular “Seasonal” or Black and White filters you may see on other photo editing apps, Snapseed gives you a few more flamboyant options. Choose from various looks such as “Fine Art”, “Silhouette” or a “Portrait” to give your photo the look its calling out for.

You can also edit these looks and save them as custom looks that you can apply to other photos you import, not unlike the use of presets in Lightroom and Photoshop; however, in Snapseed, you don’t have to pay extra to avail of the use of adding presets to different photos, which in my book, is a huge plus!

We still have the option of the run-of-the-mill filters such as B&W, vignettes and film grain, but there are plenty of other useful features tucked away in the “Tools” section. One such tool is masking, an option usually associated with more professional use, which sets Snapseed apart from the more basic photo editing apps.

It’s easy to use; after applying a filter to your photo, you just select the masking brush and select any areas you want the filter applied to. It’s that simple. Well, as long as you’re good using your fingers, of course.

Another tool I must comment on is the ‘Selective Edit’ tool. This is another advanced feature that is extremely useful in a mobile editing app. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation or structure of the edit through this feature, and you can apply it to certain parts of the photo.

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Andy T. Laird

Andy T. Laird

I am a passionate and committed photographer. My strength is my desire to express creativity through my images. I offer strong and continuous support to anyone that loves photography or wanting a healthier and more productive lifestyle. I also promote health and fitness in the hope to inspire you to make the right changes in transforming your life.

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