Handson with Snapseed photo editing app for Android

first_imgAndroid has lagged far behind iOS when it comes to great photo editing software. To fix this, Google bought Nik software. Along with the Nik acquisition came the Snapseed app, which was only available for iOS but is now available for Android.As one of the most popular third party photography apps for iOS, Snapseed’s arrival on Android is a fairly big deal. Not only does it help set Android on a more level playing field with iOS for photography hobbyists, but the app (which is installed on countless iDevices) now has a semi exclusive “publish to Google+” button. Snapseed’s popularity on iOS is due in no small part to the powerful photo editing tools contained in an simple, gesture-driven user experience.Anyone who has ever used Snapseed for iOS will see that the UI hasn’t changed much for Android. When the app opens you can either snap a new photo or choose one that is already in the Gallery. Once you have a photo, the app shifts to a series of tools with simple descriptions. Each of these tools offer more specific features inside. Tune Image, for example, contains everything you need for contrast, white balance, and brightness controls.Each control is adjusted by swiping your finger across the screen from left to right. As you drag your finger across the screen, the changes will happen in real time on the photo beneath your finger. At any time during this process you can tap the photo icon in the top right of the screen and see how the original image looked.Outside of functional image correction tools, Snapseed provides a series of filters that can be applied. Unlike Instagram, where you have a series of preset filters that can be applied generically, Snapseed offers the filters with the same level of control as their photo correction tools. If you select the Grunge filter, for example, dragging your finger across the screen will adjust the intensity of the filter across a series of colors. The same applies to the Vintage filter, taking you seamlessly though a variety of options.If you have taken a photo within Snapseed, your Gallery will have the before and after saved. If you are a Google+ user and don’t already have auto-upload active, you can publish from within the app. If you prefer to share with other services, there is a separate share function that handles that for you. Publishing to Google+ directly is a unique feature because Google has not yet released APIs that allow developers to provide this service themselves.Despite having previously been $4.99 on iOS, Snapseed is now free on both platforms. The app doesn’t provide anything particularly new as a photo manipulation tool, but the gesture driven interface makes it incredibly easy for users of any skill level to take mediocre photos and create something better.You can take a look at Snapseed for yourself in the Google Play Store.last_img

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