Snapseed – A brilliant photo editing app transforming average images into remarkable pieces of art and ravishing memories! Descending directly from the leaders in professional digital photography, Nik Software (now a part of Global search giant Google) Snapseed conceived from a simple idea – taking digital innovations into the hands of millions of people around the world clicking picture with their smartphones and digital cameras.
As Nik propagates “The vision is to deliver a photo editing experience so fun, so easy and so powerful that Snapseed will be the only photo editing, tweaking, sharing app you’ll want to use everywhere, everyday”, the app has certainly won many hearts, and yes being awarded the “iPad app of the year 2011” and recently recognized with the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Award in the Best Mobile Photo App category 2012.
Platforms and Support
Snapseed Mobile was launched on the Apple iPad in June 2011, and iPhone soon followed. In January 2012, Mac OS was also covered and shortly after, it was made available on Windows. With the aim of making Snapseed virtually accessible on every desktop and mobile platform, in December 2012, a version for all Android devices also debuted.
• iOS 4.2 or later
• iPod Touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation), iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.
• JPEG, TIFF photos and RAW photos
• Language support: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Arabic
Size – 24.6 MB
Current Version – 1.5.1
Price – Free
• Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later
• Phone or Tablet
• JPEG photos
• Language support: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese,
Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Arabic
Size – 23.84 MB
Current Version – 1.4.1
Price – Free
Similar to other image editing apps, Snapseed offers all the basic adjustment features which allows for changes in brightness, colors, global ambience, retouching the white balance, saturation, straightening, rotation and cropping with standard aspect ratios as well as a number of other seminal effects like adding borders, black and white conversions, structure control etc.
What essentially makes Snapseed different is its feature of selective and localized adjustments. With its U point technology, Snapseed makes it possible to restrict customization to a certain skin in the image without affecting the other parts.
Looking at some of the other creative enhancements offered by the app:
• BLACK AND WHITE – Experimenting with the grains and getting a darkroom filter.
• VINTAGE – Creating photos as if they were shot on an expired film. Add textures and unique vignettes.
• GRUNGE – Getting that sandy and gritty looks for the hip images.
• CENTER FOCUS – Focus all the attention on the subject with the app’s amazing intuitive controls.
• TILT -SHIFT – Simulate the compressed depths, swings and tilits of a large format camera.
• SHARING – Share the creations via emails or on the integrated social network Google+ and others.
The prominent apps giving competition to Snapseed are:
• PicsArt- Photo Studio
• Adobe’s Photoshop Express
• Although the app offers some of the brilliant features, yet it may not serve the right purpose for a professional photographer’s artwork. Apps like Adobe’s photoshop, Aperture are far better in terms of concentration of editing attributes and customizations.
• A change cannot be undone. The only option is to revert back to the original image and make the new changes again.
• The capability of batch processing is missing. We cannot define our presets and that’s why every image has to be processed from beginning.
• There are some picture size limitation depending on various platforms –
On phones – Upto 8 MP
Tablets – Upto 16 MP
iOS – Ranging from 6.25 MP on iPhones to 20.25 MP on latest iPads
• There is also a very limited control of colors. This results in problems with actual colors’ production while printing.
• Inability to zoom in on images.
• Critics are of the opinion that the user interface on the android version is not that user friendly as compared to iOS version and also lacks intuitive touch gestures and content aware tricks.
Scope of Improvement
• Some of the imperative functionalities that have been left out like red-eye correction, resizing, zooming and rescaling should be augmented.
• The control point system can be improved with more adjustable parameters.
• Some additional features like watermarking, color correction, batch processing, curve adjustments, exporting files to other formats will make it just more convenient.