Snapseed for Android Review

December 6, 2012
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Editing photos on the go can not only be a headache, but it can also be expensive. There is no lack of photo editing apps on the Google Play Store, but some of them require an upfront payment while others aren't exactly easy to use. Arriving today on the Google Play Store is Snapseed, which not only lets you edit and apply filters to your photos, but it also lets you do it all for free.

Whether you're a newbie to the realm of photo editing or you've been doing it for years, Snapseed is suspiciously easy to use. Once you've selected the photo you want to edit, you select your editing tool or filter from the sidebar and then the app tells you how to make your changes. Most of these editing tools and filters use incredibly simple swipe controls: simply swipe up and down to select the enhancement you want to apply, then swipe left or right to adjust that enhancement.

Some features require a little more than just swiping around the screen, but for the most part, that's how you'll control Snapseed. The editing tools you'll have at your disposal include things like crop, straighten, tune, and selective adjust, but if you don't want to tinker around with all of those, you can have the app automatically adjust your image for you. Automatic adjust works pretty well for quick clean up jobs but if you want to make more specific adjustments outside of correcting the contrast and color, you've got those other tools to work with.

The filters are especially cool and some of them are surprisingly deep. Using these filters, you can apply a vintage look, which makes your picture look aged, or go for full-on black and white. You can use the drama feature to increase the saturation and filter strength, or grunge to make everything look dirty and add an interesting filter to your image. Grunge is probably my favorite filter of them all, just because pictures end up looking so cool after applying it.

Of course, if you don't like the edits you've made to your image, you can revert it back to the original. Once you've got it just as you want it, you can share it to your favorite social networks or email it out from right there in the app, as well as save it to your device. Snapseed also comes with Google+ integration, which allows you to share it to your Google+ profile very quickly. All in all, Snapseed is an incredibly cool app - though it may not have the same depth as other photo editors out there, you can still make plenty of changes with the app.

Those who love to edit their photos will probably be kept busy by Snapseed for quite some time, and it isn't hard to imagine this app having a presence on a ton of Android phones and tablets. After all, there's a reason why it was named iPad App of the Year and why Google bought it: it allows you to easily edit and share images on the fly. Even better is that it's completely free, so you might as well download it and give it a try considering you've got nothing to lose. Snapseed is available now on the Google Play Store [download link].


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  • Norm

    What a cute dog! Cool app, by the way.