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The Complete Guide to Use Snapseed Photo App

-- Tuesday, February 21, 2017
You may have heard about Snapseed, a photo editing app just like Instagram, but many users don't really aware how powerful it is. If you want to make your photos more impressive, you should explore the advanced features in Snapseed. There’s your typical level adjustment for exposure, contrast, highlights, etc but there's also a bunch of filters for quick adjustments. This article would introduce the Snapseed app in details and you would discover how to use these advanced Snapseed tools to adjust, edit and beauty your original image!

Part 1: What is Snapseed?

Snapseed is a photo-editing application produced by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google which made a wide range of photo filters plug-in products, specializing in High Dynamic Range or HDR filters, for iOS and Android that enables users to enhance photos and apply digital filters. This kind of app is available on both Android and iOS users for free.

What Is Snapseed

Now, you may wonder what the difference between Instagram and Snapseed as both are the photo-editing apps that allow you to take pictures from your phone or tablet, apply filters, and share them on different platforms. Instagram is easier to use while Snapseed can be with more dvanced features. If you are not with the Snapseed app on your device, you are recommended to install it yourself to have a try. You would love it!

Part 2: What are the advanced Snapseed tools that can be used?

Tune Image

Tune Image allows you to adjust the tonality of an image. With this tool, you can you to individually change Brightness, Contrast, Ambiance, Saturation, Shadows, Highlights and Warmth settings. To automatically adjust thee effect, you can tap on the icon to the right of the current selected setting value at the bottom of the screen. For more precise adjustments, please swipe vertically on the image to access the edit menu.


The Transform tool is used to change the perspective in your image. It allows you to adjust the horizontal or vertical perspective or rotation and enables you to correct distortions. It's particularly useful if you shoot architectural subjects.

You can select from Perspective Vertical, Perspective Horizontal or Rotation of this feature to adjust and then swipe left or right to increase or decrease the settings of that element. You should now be able to straighten up any building or correct perspective problems in other types of image by using a combination of the three adjustments.



The feature "Selective" of Snapseed allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of a small, select area of your photograph. It works by making adjustments selectively, based on the color that you tap on in your image.

To start with, please tap on the screen in the location which you want to correct and choose the color in your image that you wish to adjust. Then pinch your fingers to change the size of the area that will be affected. You can see a circle would appear in red. Swipe up or down to select the adjustment you want to apply to the selected color from Brightness, Contrast or Saturation. Then swipe left or right to increase or decrease that particular setting.

Of course there are other useful tools from Snapseed that allow users to adjust and edit their images. Just like Brush Tool (a powerful tool that can be used to subtly or dramatically alter the look of your image), Healing Tool (a tool for removing distractions from your photo) and so on. You can have a try yourself!

Part 3: How to use Snapseed to edit image?

As the Snapseed is such a powerful photo editing tool for both Android and iOS, please have a try to use it to beauty your photos. There is the guide in brief:

1. Download the Snapseed app on your device.

2. Run the app and tap the "Open photo" icon on the screen to start with.

3. Tap on the "┇" icon and choose the photo you want to edit and continue to tap on the pencil button on the down-right corner to tune, crop, rotate, brush and transform image.

Use Snapseed to Edit Image

With the above introduction, you may have a more sensitive impression about the Snapseed. Do you want to have a try on your device? Do you have any questions or ideas about this article? Please drop us a comment below!

Ivy Bruce

Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.