Photography course with Android (X): editing photos with Snapseed

Photography course with Android

In late 2012 the opportunity came, hand cart of Nik Software by Google , of enjoying this wonderful and easy photo editing application on our Android devices (and, more recently only in them as we found recently). As a result of that landing on our androids, our partner in Xatakandroid, naruedyoh, made ​​his first touchdown based on Snapseed.

Today we will analyze the main management options Snapseed well as their functionality and workflow for best results with this application. As always I will remember that editing does little good if basic photography does not say, does not transmit anything. It’s the wrapper candy, but candy to be good. By contrast, poor editing, it can ruin a photo.

Snapseed, first steps

Fortunately, we have available an introductory guide Snapseed in several languages, corresponding tothis link the guide in Spanish.

Photography course with Android (X): editing photos with Snapseed

In this guide, we can begin to understand the most important features of this application.

The workspace Snapseed

The first thing we see when we open Snapseed is the simplicity . A fairly clear space work is dominated by the part devoted to photography. Just press to open a photo or take Snapseed calling directly from the camera application and start working. On the left or bottom – depending on the orientation of your device – we settings, divided into basic and creative. Each type of adjustment is identified by an icon that suggests possibilities and open the way to multiple processing options.Anyway, the best guidance is as our vertical or horizontal photo to fill it up to our screen.

Photography course with Android (X): editing photos with SnapseedGabriel Saldaña Photography

In the part superior , we have the different options once processed as they can be shared on the major social networks, photography enciar via email or save to photo gallery completed.

When selecting a setting , we can see the effect in real time, but the fit is not done until you apply not accepting the change. This allows us to get an idea of what it will look without having to apply the effect.

How it is handled

The operation of Snapseed is simple as could be. We have two possibilities depending on your chosen setting. In some adjustment will be generally but in another operation will be through a radial point of control.

In the first type , the setting applies in its entirety on all photography. Normally, three or four parameters have in most cases, that allow to adjust the effect to apply. To move from one to another parameter we will have a vertical scroll with your finger and apply the intensity of this parameter is performed also scroll horizontally.

Photography course with Android (X): editing photos with Snapseed

In the case of specific adjustments the operation is the same one we have to decide, previously,where the adjustment applied . This will normally be a symbol + which press and then click on our camera to tell the application which zone will apply the effect. Then adjust the parameters that are using the vertical / horizontal displacement that we discussed in the previous paragraph. Adjustment and radial adjustment is applied so degraded. Ie away or intensifies depends, as we move away from the point of application.

Photography course with Android (X): editing photos with SnapseedPhotograph of my son Diego, edited with Snapseed

Snapseed: workflow

From my experience with Snapseed not seem to be much difference in the order of adjustment factors we do. however propondía you do the following:

  1. General settings of exposure
  2. Color Settings
  3. Step by White and Black (optional)
  4. Creative adjustments (optional)
  5. Selective adjustment of sharpness, focus / defocus and, if necessary, adjust color, again.
  6. Using frames (optional)

Although the fact that not much difference in the result always being a methodical and complete the process in the same way ensures best results as it will avoid, in use, that we forget some step.

The Latest on Snapseed

Snapseed , after its purchase by Google has become undoubtedly one of the reference applications not only in the mobility sector through full editing suite around him. one of the most interesting news is that recently added a new filter Retrolux well as a variety of new frames in its update to version 1.5.0available on Google Play.


Retrolux is a completely new filter to give a retro look to our photographs. Contains 13 different styles that we can customize with different types of scratches, textures and filtered light to achieve the result that we like.

ccPhotography b_lumenkraft – Edited with Snapseed

The other novelty importantly Snapseed can be used within Google a few months ago for what you do you use this social network from your androids can also retouch photos from there. Although this is more intended for use on the desktop. Because even for advanced retouching areas and things we keep using Snapseed, functions that integrates this new version of Google+ are:


  • Basic issues like rotate, crop and apply effects such as Drama or Retrolux, previously discussed.


  • Adjust saturation, contrast, brightness and more with the traditional sliding screen for Snapseed.


  • Pressing at any time to see the original and compare with the setting you are applying


In summary

Snapseed is a reference application, no doubt, for editing photos on Android. Perhaps the most versatile, simple and, above all, effective in getting, not strident, decent results with our Android devices.

An application with a very simple philosophy editing , without undue complications and easy handling which allows any user with simple editing skills can retouch a picture and a little better from their own Android device.

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