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A Guide to Google’s Snapseed Photo-Editing App

Chances are, you won’t really be satisfied with whatever outrun you shoot with your smartphone. You usually always edit your photos before posting them on Instagram or Facebook. Whilst filters are great and convenient, editing and adjusting the basic properties of the photos might offer you a more custom look. One of the best apps to use is none other than Google’s Snapseed

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Unless you have perfect eyesight and a surgeon’s hands, your photos may not be always straight. Unless you are trying to get a shot with a unique angle and perspective, consider straightening your photo. Snapseed auto-adjusts this pretty well.

Just hit the rotate option and it will automatically straighten your photo for you. Of course, you can choose to rotate it to whatever angle you want. The best thing is that the adjustments can be made to degrees of angles, much finer than other apps.

Crop

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Maybe there’s someone in the background you want to crop out. The easiest way to poet produce the perfect square photo for Instagram is to crop from an editing app like a Snapseed.

Perspective

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I don’t use this often, but it can be used to warp photos for interesting effects, especially if your angling was abit off to begin with.

Tune

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This will form the bulk of your editing, it covers pretty much all your basic alterations.

Brightness

Pretty straightforward, it affects how bright the photo actually look. Swipe or left depending on how bright or dark you want the photo to be.

Contrast

This will affect the colour difference of the photo, so swipe left for a more washed out look and right for a more defined and deep appearance. Usually I add in a little extra contrast to give it a slight umph.

Saturation

This affects the warmth of the photo. If you want a more reddish photo, swipe to the right if you want a cooler photo that looks blue-ish, then swipe left.

Ambience

I don’t use Ambience much, but it’s used to balance out photos with bad backlighting or to emphasise contrast in your photo. Swipe right for photos where the subject is darker than the background. Swipe left to increase the contrast of dark objects and create a slight glow around darker objects.

Highlights

This helps you adjust the brighter areas of your photos. If you want the lighted part of the photos to get even brighter and glow, swipe to the right. If you find those areas overexposed, swipe it left to turn it down.

Shadows

If the dark areas are too dark and you can’t see anything, for instance if the backlighting is so strong, reducing the shadow effect will let you see the subject better.

Selective

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This is honestly the best part about Snapseed. You can not only alter the whole photo, but select specific points you are not satisfied with and edit them to perfection. Is your face too dark in the photo, click on it, and zoom in and out by pinching the screen to decide how much to alter. Then, swipe left and right to determine how bright or dark you want the photo to be. Swiping up and down switches between Brightness, Contrast and Saturation.

Vignette

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Vignette is fairly straightforward, you can do it in most apps. However, it’s worth bringing it up here because on Snapseed, you can adjust the size of your vignette as well as the strength. The brightness of the outside and the inside of your vignette radius can be adjusted too.

What’s even cooler, is the ability to go anti-vignette and get a white radius instead of a dark one around your picture. I usually choose to lighten up the inner vignette to give my subject a better focus.


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Zayne is a writer who reports for VR-Zone, Stuff Singapore and The New Paper on all things tech-related. Follow this geek on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

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