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Snapseed for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2013

Snapseed is a powerful photo editor that lets users adjust photos with an impressive arsenal of tools and settings. However, Snapseed's gesture based controls makes manipulating photos much more accurate, and is an essential application for any mobile photographer who wants more out of their pictures.

After downloading and installing the app, Snapseed will guide you through a quick tutorial of how to use their editing suite. Common gestures like pinching will define areas of effect, and swiping left to right will adjust how light or intense you want the applied filter to look. Snapseed comes with under a dozen or so basic filters that can more or less duplicate Instagram's presets, but again with more customized looks. It's probably not going to appeal much to the average, impatient tween who is condition to the click-and-go process of photo filters, but for those who enjoy touching up their photos will find Snapseed's workflow attractive, or at least I sure did.

When you're editing photos on Snapseed, you're also working with the original photo itself, contrary to Instagram's compressed approach. That means photos will retain their original quality from when shot, giving you the max amount of wiggle room with making adjustments without destroying your photos to the point of utter nonrecognition. One other major feature I appreciated was the ability to quickly compare a before and after setting, thanks to a button on the bottom panel.

Snapseed also includes the standard publishing outlets like Facebook and Google+ or other sharing portals. Show your photos some extra love and grab this from the Play Store now.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

- Added support for a dark theme mode in Settings

- Bug fixes


Release November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 29,953
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.


- 29 Tools and Filters, including: Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Perspective (see list below)

- Opens JPG and RAW files

- Save your personal looks and apply them to new photos later

- Selective filter brush

- All styles can be tweaked with fine, precise control


- RAW Develop - open and tweak RAW DNG files; save non-destructively or export as JPG

- Tune image - adjust exposure and color automatically or manually with fine, precise control

- Details - magically brings out surface structures in images

- Crop - crop to standard sizes or freely

- Rotate - rotate by 90', or straighten a skewed horizon

- Perspective - fix skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings

- White Balance - adjust the colors so that the image looks more natural

- Brush - selectively retouch exposure, saturation, brightness or warmth

- Selective - the renown "Control Point" technology: Position up to 8 points on the image and assign enhancements, the algorithm does the rest magically

- Healing - remove the uninvited neighbor from a group picture

- Vignette - add a soft darkness around the corners like a beautiful, wide-aperture would do

- Text - add both stylized or plain text

- Curves - have precise control over the brightness levels in your photos

- Expand - increase the size of your canvas and fill up the new space in smart ways with content of your image

- Lens Blur - add a beautiful Bokeh to images (background softening), ideal for photographic portraits

- Glamour Glow - add a fine glow to images, great for fashion or portraits

- Tonal Contrast - boost details selectively in the shadows, midtones and highlights

- HDR Scape - bring a stunning look to your images by creating the effect of multiple exposures

- Drama - add a hint of doomsday to your images (6 styles)

- Grunge - an edgy look with strong styles and texture overlays

- Grainy Film - get modern film looks with realistic grain

- Vintage - the style of color film photo from the 50's, 60's or 70's

- Retrolux - go retro with light leaks, scratches, film styles

- Noir - Black and White film looks with realistic grain and the "wash" effect

- Black & White - classic Black and White look straight out of the darkroom

- Frames - add frames with adjustable size

- Double Exposure - blend two photos, choosing from blend modes that are inspired by shooting on film and by digital image processing

- Face Enhance - add focus to the eyes, add face-specific lighting, or smoothen skin

- Face Pose - correct the pose of portraits based on three dimensional models

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