Professional Photo Editing on your mobile phone with Snapseed for iOS and Android.


welcome to touch technology review today
we’re going to take a look at snap seed for iOS and Android snap seed is a
pro-level photo editing application that allows you to enhance photos and apply
digital filters I remember when this original version of the software came
out back in June 2011 it was then developed by Nick software and was
available on the iPad only it was so ahead of its time there was named iPad
app of the year and I thought it was very impressive at the time but after the
success of the iPad version Nik software launched Snapseed for iPhone later in
August of 2011 and the rest as they say is history. The app continued to see
regular updates and improvements and was ultimately acquired by Google. The new
version now provides an even greater feature set with more professional
features than the original. One of the new features is the ability to edit in
RAW as well as JPEG. This has been out for some time, but it wasn’t there in the
first version now for those of you not familiar with the RAW format it’s a
professional standard image format which is completely uncompressed and contains
more photo information than the popular jpg format raw is highly useful not only
for delivering the highest quality of image but it carries more color and
tonal information which you can unlock in the editing process for example you
can recover hidden detail in highlights and shadows that are often lost when an
image is compressed and this is certainly applicable when the image is
under or overexposed the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro can now shoot in RAW along
with the pixel 3/4 and galaxy note 10 – you want to ensure that you’re getting
the best possible quality for post-production editing keep in mind RAW
files will take up more space so I would suggest keeping your camera’s set to jpg
for general-purpose shooting and switching over to raw for landscape
photos low-light shooting and any photo that you want to use
commercially but shooting in RAW isn’t the only feature that makes Snapseed
such a powerful photo editor it truly is an incredible mobile app that gives you
access to many of the advanced features that you would normally expect to find
in high-end photo editing applications such as Photoshop yet more intuitive and
easy to use this includes an extensive filter set crop tools perspective
correction curves enhance portrait editing HDR text overlay and more so
let’s go ahead and check out all the features of snap seed with a few example
photos I’ve taken with my iPhone 10 our step 1 download snap seed from the Apple
or Google Play Store once downloaded open the app and click on the large plus
button to add an image from your camera library for those of you wanting to edit
images from a DSLR or mirrorless camera import your images into your phone first
so they’re available to the app as mentioned snap seed will import either
raw or JPEG images if you look to the bottom of the screen
you’ll notice that the look submenu is highlighted and just above it is a
thumbnail view of the various looks you can apply to your image you can go from
the portrait mode to smooth pop sin-shoo eight faded glow
morning right and then we move into the black
and white filters including fine art push
structure and silhouette all apply their own
unique look and feel to your image this can be a shortcut to getting a better
image and no doubt you’re already familiar with this type of quick fix if
you’ve ever used the photo editor on iOS 13 Instagram or pretty much any mobile
photo editing app but the true value in the Snapseed app lies in the extensive
set of adjustments that you can find in the tools menu so let’s go ahead and
check that out now before we do I’m gonna load up a different image to
access the tools tap on the tools submenu at the bottom of the screen as
you can see we get access to around 28 tools for detailed editing let’s take a
look at each of these and see what they can do to start with we get the tune
image option tapping it and place your finger on the image and swipe it left
and right to adjust the level of brightness and we can see at the top
it’s automatically been adjusted to +7 if we want to adjust that further we can
just tap on the image and swipe left and right in order to increase or decrease
the brightness of the image the other parameters available to us can be
accessed by tapping on the second icon along and we then get a sub menu
including contrast and once we tap on that option again we use our finger to
swipe left and right over the image to adjust the contrast tap on the second
icon again to saturation again move it left and right in order to adjust the
saturation ambience which fills in some shadow detail which adjusts the highlight in the image shadows which allows us to adjust the
amount of shadow in the image finally warmth which allows us to adjust
the color tone of the image going from a warm to a cool image again swiping left
and right by the way snap seeds intuitive interface allows you to access
these submenus by swiping with your finger up and down instead of using this
second icon on the bottom of the screen in order to access the submenu items
once you get used to it this is a much more intuitive way of accessing the
submenu options once we’ve completed that adjustment and we’re happy with the
image select the tick option on the bottom right hand corner of the screen
and after that we can either export the image or continue into our tool section
and add more effects so let’s go back into tools and select the next option
which is details details is a setting which allows you to
provide more sharpness and contouring in your image so once again tap on the
image and slide left and right to increase or decrease the detail in the
image and you can see as I move right we’re getting much more sharpness and
some of the detail in the tiles for example start to come out if we go back
to the left and reduce the setting the whole image becomes a
lot softer so for architectural photography I would
usually increase the structure setting by at least 10 to 20
sometimes even as high as 30 the tools option again and now we go
into the curves option this is truly a pro level feature that you normally find
in Photoshop and other Pro apps and it’s a great way to adjust the tonal
information of the image using curves which can be very easily adjusted and
you can apply very minut tweaks to the curve to get the exposure that you’re
looking for in all aspects of the image so we’re just going to tap on one of the
points already on the curve now I’ll just show you the difference that it
makes now we can tap on the curve add more
points and tweak those by moving them up and down left and right and so on until
we get exposure in the particular area that we’re looking for exactly the way
we want it I applied just then was the RGB curve so
it applied changes to the whole spectrum of the image you can actually isolate
the curve down to red green or blue or luminance by tapping on that first icon
and selecting any of the sub options so for example if I felt the image had
too much green in it I’ve just gone over to the green curve and I can reduce some
of the green pretty much anywhere within the image
from the sky to the midsection the highlights to the shadows and the curves
give you so much more control over a basic image editor the next icon on the
bottom row allows you to hide the curve so you can preview without any
distraction the changes that you’ve made and the next option along allows you to
apply some curve presets that have already been set up by Snapseed that are
optimized for different lighting conditions so that’s an overview very
quickly of how to use curves in order to master your image let’s go into the next
option along which is white balance white balance is a whole topic in itself
but just to explain it very briefly the white balance of an image can range
anywhere from 0 to 50 600 K and 5,600 K is a representation of full daylight so
when you shoot an image sometimes your camera might not have the right setting
or it could be tricked into shooting a particular color cast that you want to
see removed from that image so by tapping on the white balance we can
adjust the level of white balance in post-production the first option in the
submenu is aw which is auto white balance and the next option is to change
it by temperature or tint so we’ll start with the temperature and again we’re
going to use our finger and move it right in order to go higher towards 5600
Kelvin and left in order to go closer towards zero and as you can see we’re
really changing the overall look of the image quite drastically here by changing
the color balance and finally for ultimate control you can use the dropper
tool which allows us to select a white point in our image if there’s any white
in your photo this is really useful so I’m going to go to the whitest point I
can find in my image there’s actually a lady wearing a white top there which
should serve quite well and as I place the dropper tool over that white section
you can see that the circle around it becomes highlighted in that color which
indicates whether you’ve actually selected the white point so if
leave it about there that’s going to give me the most faithful representation
of the true temperature of that image and that should be quite an accurate
white balance so if you’re happy with that select the tick option on the
bottom right hand corner and that will save the changes let’s go back into
tools and see what else is available to us the next is the crop tool let’s tap
on that and this of course allows us to crop our image
the first submenu item is selected by default this is the freeform tool so you
can just tap on the corner edges of the box on the top and the bottom and crop
your image to any size or shape that you like so I’ve just gone from a regular
crop here to a more panoramic look by cropping the top and the bottom of the
image there’s some different presets available including din square three
point two four point three five point four seven point five and sixteen point
nine crop so let’s assume that we’re working on a video production and we
want to put this steel image into it we know that 16:9 is the most popular
video format so we could go ahead and select the sixteen by nine crop which
will be the most versatile for video editing and we’ll now go and save that
crop by selecting the tick option in the bottom right hand corner that’s going to
explore some more tools the next option is rotate and this allows us to flip our
image left and right or rotate it by 90 degree increments
this image doesn’t need any flipping or rotating so I’ll leave it as is so I’ll
select the cross on the bottom corner in order to exit without saving any of the
changes let’s go back to tools and the next one is really useful for
architectural photography it’s the perspective tool which allows us to make
adjustments to the vertical and horizontal plane and straighten up lines
which can really improve the look of the image this one was shot pretty straight
to be honest with you so not a lot of work is going to be required here so by
default when you select the perspective tool the scale option is already
selected when you’re working with architectural photography what we’re
trying to do is change the tilt and the rotation of the image in order to make
it appear more accurate so we’re going to go ahead and select the first sub
menu option called tilt and we’re going to first of all work on the vertical
tilt of the image by swiping on the image up and down as we begin swiping a
grid appears on screen to help us make that alignment if I swipe up a little
bit you’ll notice that on the left-hand corner the line is starting to become
angular and it’s not perpendicular to the white line so the idea is to
straighten up that line and we’ll swipe back down so that lines up with the
white grid line so now that I’ve swiped down I can see the vertical alignment of
that is near perfect so that represents to me an accurate tilt shift for this
particular image and it becomes a little bit more realistic and it certainly
helps when you’re pointing the camera upwards or downwards in order to get the
building into the scene and you find there’s just too much of an angle on
your image so adjusting up and down will take care of that tilt and then
adjusting left and right can also improve the alignment of the image so in
this case I’m just going to bring that left hand building corner right into
that grid line and we’ll line that up now that’s looking pretty good there’s some
other options in there including the option to rotate scale and freeform
transformation but as I say for my purposes I tend to use the tilt option
which yields the most accurate results so once you’re happy with that select
the tick option and that will save down the current edit let’s go back into
tools and see what else we can do the next option is expand I really like this
next feature expand because it allows us to do exactly what it says and that is
expand the boundaries of the image so if you’re running out of space you can
select expand and then you can choose whether you want to expand with a white
border black border and if you go with the
smart option it actually applies the content-aware fill that you normally
find in apps like Photoshop this is a good way of expanding your image however
you’ll notice that it’s not entirely accurate and depends on the complexity
of the image you don’t always get a great result the first time and you can
see it’s made a bit of a mess of the cables in the sky in which case I’d have
to come back later and tidy those up so the expand tool for me is mostly useful
when I’m using it with the black or white border
this next tool I really love is called selective and allows you to make
selective adjustments to different areas of your image so to begin with we tap on
the plus icon on the bottom of the screen and then we tap on any point in
the image to create our first area of focus let’s tap on another point in the
middle somewhere tap on plus again tap on another point
plus again and yet another point so now I have three points in the image that I
can make adjustments to rather than applying the change to the overall image
so for example I’ll tap on the first point I created and I’m going to use my
finger again and swipe left and right to change the brightness in that area so
basically it changes the brightness from that point with a small radius and
expands out slowly so so you can see that I’m increasing the brightness on
the building on the left hand side and it’s not affecting the brightness of the
rest of the image let’s go to that middle point and tap on it and again I
can move left and right and it’s only controlling the front of the building
not the left hand side and not the right hand side of the building so I can even
out the exposure on that building and now finally on the last point that I
created to the right hand side of the building I can bring that exposure down
a little bit because it was slightly overexposed and as you can see that
gives us an incredible amount of control over the lighting of the image by the
way we’re not confined to changing the brightness each of those points can be
used to change contrast saturation and structure in the area around that point
only so again very selective control over brightness contrast saturation and
the structure of the image on any of the points that you create and you can just
keep on adding points to get as much control as you want over all those
parameters on the image a really powerful feature and if you tap on the
eye icon on the bottom sub nav menu you can use that to high
those points whilst you’re previewing your image release and the points will
return and the next feature we’re going to take a look at is brush this allows
us to brush in our adjustments you can select from dodging burn exposure
temperature and saturation if we use the Dodge and burn tool for example it’s
defaulting to Dodge so if I use my finger on that building on the left hand
side I can brush in some lightness there and if I move to the sky now I’m just
brushing in the sky so that it becomes lighter manually so I can focus on a
particular area of the image by brushing it in with the fingertip so that’s a
really nice way of manually controlling the image you can do that with exposure
you can do that with temperature so as you can see I’ve now added some more
warmth just to the right hand corner of the building and saturation we could
just apply more saturation to a selected part of the image by brushing that in so
so right now I’m just brushing in the panels of the building so they have a
little bit more of a kick the next tool is a Healing Brush I’m gonna have to
change image to demonstrate this this is quite often used for healing blemishes
on the skin so it’s ideal when you have a portrait and there’s a blemish
somewhere you can simply tap on it and it will immediately heal the skin the
next one is called HDR scape and this is a great feature that applies HDR which
is high dynamic range look to your image you can select between nature people
fine and strong different presets available it will give you a different
look for those of you that don’t understand what haich-d are is it stands
for high dynamic range and that is a process which provides multiple
exposures on an image puts them together and provides very surreal looking
exposed image where everything is exposed evenly the next option is called
glamor glow and that provides a very soft filter over your image we’re going
to switch over to a different image as this is more suited to a portrait rather
than a landscape image so here’s portrait I took a few moments ago on the
iPhone in selfie mode so we’re going to try some of these presets out one two
three four and five let’s suppose I like the look of number five the most it’s
applied a soft filter and a slight golden light glow
now again I’m going to use the swiping effect over the image to increase and
decrease the glow effect so for want more of an effect swipe along to the
right less go over to the left so a much more flattering look then you
would achieve out of your phone by default the next is tonal contrast
I’ll stay with this image now and again we can just swipe left and right and it
changes the contrast of the image so I might give this one a little bit more
contrast save that down back into tools the next
option is called drama and it’s called that for a reason because it adds drama
to your image by giving you a very excessive amount of contrast and there’s
a number of presets available to check out in the drama tool the next filter is
called vintage which gives you that old film look very reminiscent of some of
the early filters of Instagram the next option is grainy film this allows us to
apply some grain to the image you get some presets which can change the
overall color tone and hue and again very retro inspired filter their retro
lacks a bit more extreme Precor filters grunge the grunge filter is actually
really cool because it applies not only the retro filter but a lot of noise and
grunge so it’s kind of reminiscent of an old film that wasn’t stored very well
and you can use your finger to slide over that and change the intensity of
that grunge look now it’s looking like a real retro photo and again there’s a number of different
styles of grunge you tap on the fourth icon along we can apply different meshes
over the image the next one is black and white and the options in this filter are
much more sophisticated than you get in most apps because you can change the
black and white over the red orange yellow green and blue spectrums and each
of those give you a different look and again you can use your finger over the
image left and right to increase or decrease the intensity of the black and
white filter over that original color range so you can get a really high level
of control over your black and white effect and also you have the option of
selecting from some preset filters and contrast to bright dark film and darken
sky let’s switch over to a new image now and we’ll try out the noir setting and
that’s yet another black and white filter the number of presets for
different looks in black and white but the next filter we’re going to need to
open up a portrait again we’ll go back to that selfie image that I demonstrated
earlier tools and portrait and let’s have a look at some of these
presets well this first one is a little bit
strange but it’s essentially applied some highlights to my eyes and soften
the skin and applied a bit of intensity on the key light spotlight to smooth one smooth two eyes one
is too one combo two and combo three they’re
the presets you can also tap on the first icon along and you can bias the
adjustments to different complexions from pale to fair the medium to dark you and again you can use your finger to
adjust the intensity of the effect left and right the next one is called head
post this one I find kind of strange but you can essentially adjust the pose of
the head by moving it up down and left and right really disconcerting when you
actually use it in real time kind of looks fake you can see that it’s moving
my face around but keeping the top part of my hair in place and it really looks
weird but if you want to make a very slight change to your facial angle you
can move it up or down or left or right ever so slightly to improve the image
you can change the pupil size that’s weird that’s really weird you can
check now we’re getting weird you can change the smile okay there’s not much
of a smile there oh there you go that looks better
I’m kind of defying myself now but it’s pretty funny and nice we got the focal
length mm I can make myself fatter or thinner
that’s pretty weird but look if you play around with it
there might be some use in this filter I certainly tend to steer away from this
type of thing I’ll he looks ridiculous and I’m natural but if you spent a
little bit of time with it you might actually get a decent result using this
filter the next filter is called lens blur and what I like about this is it
allows you to create a very subtle background blur effect let’s have a look
at that image now and you can toggle between radial and linear blur and you
can use your fingers by pinching up and down or left and right to change the
intensity and direction of the blur the back to radial I can bring that point
the focus point to let’s say the middle of my face and then I can pinch with my
fingers and make the blur less or more pronounced around that focal point and
tilt it in different directions as well this gives you a lot of control over
your background blur the next is vignette the vignette is a
characteristic that sometimes found in older lenses where the outer section of
the image is darker or lighter than the inner point and then once you’ve created your
vignette you can then use your finger swipe left or right to apply lightness
or darkness in the corners of the image the next tool is called double exposure
this allows you to sandwich on top of your first image a second photo and you
can change the opacity of that second layer to full opacity zero or anywhere
in between the next option is text this allows us to place text over our image
this has been vastly improved over the previous versions so many different
styles of fonts and layout to choose from those tap on a couple to see what
they look like these are all presets different font
styles as you can see this lends itself really well for those wanting to post to
social media or if you want to create a photo watermark to protect your image
very useful feature you can just tap on the style that you like and once you
find what you’re looking for then double tap on the text and go in
and make a changes you and then you can move the position of
that font and you also pinch and contract to make it
larger or smaller and the final feature going to take a
look at is called frames and this does exactly that it puts a frame around your
image a number of different styles that you can choose from of plain white the
grunge borders artistic effects in both black and white film strip really cool if you want that retro look
in particular and once you’ve settled on the frame style again tap on the photo
with your finger swipe left and right to increase or decrease the border size so
there you have it a comprehensive look at how to use snap seed to up your photo
editing game on your iOS or Android mobile device hopefully you enjoyed this
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One Reply to “Professional Photo Editing on your mobile phone with Snapseed for iOS and Android.”

  1. Thanks for all this valuable information! Do you have a video which explains and give examples of how to size the pictures correctly for social media post. Ex what size is the best for Instagram and which app is best for it.
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    It might be this one I'm only on the beginning

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