Editing pictures on a smartphone has become almost as straightforward as clicking a filter on an app. However, these tweaks are not designed to improve the core characteristics of your image. There are times when you need a bit more advanced tools for tuning it on a more granular level. While your phone’s app store houses an abundance of such applications, I think it’s time you become familiar with Google’s own Snapseed. Therefore, in this article, we discuss its most prominent features and how to get the best out of them.
Edit Only a Particular Area With the “Selective” Option
We begin with a tool that you most certainly won’t be able to live without once you realize how important it is — “Selective”. It lets you specifically alter a part of your image. For instance, if the brightness is on the higher side at a particular spot, you can fix that with this without messing up the rest of the shot. Similarly, it can be employed to modify the saturation, contrast or the structure. In addition to that, you can define multiple references by tapping the little plus icon on the bottom bar.
Repair or Remove Objects with the “Healing” Feature
Admit it, the majority of photographs you capture are ruined due to some unnecessary object hindering with the scene or an oblivious stranger walking in the frame. Snapped can help you with that as well. Just tap on the healing option and continue touching the section until it morphs into the shot you wanted in the first place. I would also advice zooming in for producing relatively more satisfactory results. The app, although, won’t always be able to help you. It’s all comes down to how complicated and dense the issue is.
Use “Perspective” to Reposition the Point of View
Couldn’t click the image from the outlook you were hoping to? Don’t worry, Snapseed has a solution for that as well. Head into the “Perspective” settings and adjust the dimensions as per your requirements. Unlike other apps, though, Google’s machine learning prowess will automatically fill in the gaps by brilliantly extending the image’s elements such as a field or the skies. Neat.
Add What Your Camera Couldn’t See with the “Expand” Tool
Speaking of Google’s abilities to create magic with AI, let’s talk about a feature that is perhaps Snapseed’s most jaw-dropping trait — the “Expand” tool. It literally allows you to extend the picture’s landscape by digitally fabricating the scene. So, for example, if your picture isn’t as wide as you’d prefer, you can just drag its corners through “Expand” and voila! Your wish has come true.
Become an Artist with Double Exposure
Were you ever fascinated with those artistic scenery-in-a-bottle Instagram posts? Here’s how you can easily compose them. Tap the “Double Exposure” block in Snapseed’s list of tools after importing the primary picture. Click the little image icon at the bottom and add another one. Now, all you need to do is move the secondary picture according to your needs, resize to fit the first one and adjust the opacity from below. You can also test out a few existing overlaying templates from the second button.
Transform That Groaning Face into a Smile with “Pose”
If you take a ton of group photos or selfies, you’ll greatly appreciate this one. The “Pose” feature on Snapseed is capable of changing your subject’s pose, make it smile up to the level it doesn’t look creepy and even enlarge the pupil.
Edit Selfies like a Pro with “Enhance”
Another selfie-oriented feature — “Enhance” offers a more intricate control over your portraits. From improving the smoothness of your skin to making sure you’re not out of the spotlight, Snapseed’s got you covered.
Learn More with Insights
On Snapseed’s home page, you’ll find a section called “Insights”. This contains a range of tutorials for upgrading your editing game and teach you a few more tricks available on the app.
Moreover, there’s an option through which you can review the previous edits made. You can either remove a particular one altogether and just compare it with the others. The option is located under the little buffer icon at the top.
Save your Looks
Want to apply the same settings to another image? Snapseed has a “save look” feature for that. This essentially stores the current edits allowing you to reuse them later in the future. The setting is available in the same buffer icon we discussed earlier.
That’s it for this article. Do let us know in the comments section if we missed any good tips.