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App Review: Snapseed

It seems as though today, everyone has a high powered digital camera in their back pocket or purse, capable of taking stunning images at the slight tap of a finger. But if you ask me, what good is a nice phone camera without the right tools to get the most out of your photos? I've just downloaded Snapseed, one of the most popular editing apps out there. The Google-owned photo app claims to enhance your scenic landscapes and selfies in a quick and easy way, allowing you to showcase them at their fullest potential. Today, we'll put this claim to the test.

Snapseed loads swiftly to a clean minimalist screen that features an "open photo" button which allows you to capture a picture or grab one from your photo-stream.

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As usual, I scrolled through the archives and found something I could put to work.

Tapping on the bottom right icon leads you to the editing options which separates the sections by tools and filters. In tools, you've got the standard controls, like Crop, Rotate, and Tune Image which we'll check out a bit.

After hitting the Tune Image button, you're lead to back to the photo-page to begin editing.

Fingers ready to swipe and slide, I scanned the screen, looking for the editing toolbar. Now, this usually lays below the screen or to the side. After a few seconds of experimentation, I found that this app operates with a interface completely different from that of its competitors.

 

Swiping up and down on the photo selects the effect and swiping right to left adjust its strength. Odd chance you get confused, there's a vertical ellipses that rests in the top right corner. tapping on it leads you a number of options including Help & Feedback.

Back to Tune Image, If you're new to the world of photo-editing or you simply don't feel like toying around with adjustments, Snapseed makes things easy for you by giving an Auto Correct button. At the swift tap of  a button, Snapseed corrects your image's contrast and color. I applied that then swiped down to see what else the tools had in store.

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With the Tune Image tool , I tweaked the brightness a bit, decreased warmth, increased saturation, and increased the highlights. Usually, there's no way I would remember all these steps. The app comes in handy here, by showing my action history when I select the middle button in the top right.
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The photo app takes things a step further with its Selective Adjust tool. With this feature, you can select a section of your photo to be adjusted in brightness, contrast, or saturation. You're also given the options to cut, delete, or expand the area affected. I decided to go with a simple effect here and increased the saturation of the center.

And now for the good stuff, FILTERS. Snapseed offers 12 filters with an even wider array of options for each filter. After testing out a few filters, I went with Retrolux
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Looking to give my photo a little bit of a kick, I added a frame which I soon realized wasn't working out. If you decide to undo an edit, as I have, you can tap the vertical ellipses menu  which holds the options "undo, redo, and revert"
unnamed-1 I hit undo, and decided to stick with this as my final product. What a beaut! Once you've made the adjustments to your liking, you can head to back to the vertical ellipses button to share or open your photo in another app.

Not a bad photo editing app, it has all the basic features plus a few extra, I give it 3 stars.  Definitely will work to make a beautiful custom print on wood

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For more information on Snapseed visit: https://support.google.com/snapseed