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Snapseed offers a simple look and wide options

Snapseed offers a simple look and wide options
Special to Eagle News.

In both the App Store and Google Play Store sit countless different photo-editing applications that offer similar tools. Even popular social media applications such as Instagram and Snapchat offer their own image-editing tools.

Among the countless number of photo-editing applications sits Snapseed.

Snapseed is a simple, powerful application that brings professional grade photo-editing tools to your fingertips.

Snapseed’s interface is simple. All of its tools are well-presented to users when they select the photo they want to edit.

For beginners, Snapseed will take a bit of time to learn, but the power of its tools makes the learning curve worth it.

All edits on the application are layered, so a user can easily remove a specific edit by just removing its layer.

Snapseed’s image-editing tools are deeper than just applying a filter. A user can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and highlights of the selected image. Does the image emit a depressing, cool tone? A user can adjust the image to give it a warmer and lively tone.

Image before editing in Snapseed. EN Photo/Javier Moncada.

Image before editing in Snapseed. EN Photo/Javier Moncada.

Image after editing in Snapseed. EN Photo/Javier Moncada.

Image after editing in Snapseed. EN Photo/Javier Moncada.

Photos on Instagram can be similarly adjusted, but Snapseed executes those features in more detail. Snapseed has those image-editing tools available right from the start. It does not require its users to upload and share their edited photos right away such as Instagram and Snapchat do.

Snapseed offers its users simple everyday tools from cropping to rotating.

The application doesn’t fall short in filters either. It offers 12 different ones for users to play around with. Although it might seem a very low number when

compared to Instagram and other popular applications, Snapseed lets its users intensely adjust those filters — some more than others.

“I like the filter options available, but the multitude of choices you can make after selecting a specific filter makes the app unique,” said FGCU junior Kyle Dabrow.

One if its highlight filters is called Lens Blur. The Lens Blur filter lets users select what they want to focus on. It works by selecting a subject then blurring out the image’s background or foreground.

That is usually a technique that photographers can perform on a digital single-lens reflex camera. Snapseed brings that feature to both iOS and Android devices.

“Snapseed is easy to use and is a great application for beginners and experts of photo editing, and it’s free,” Dabrow said.

Besides Snapseed’s tools, one of its biggest selling points is that all of its tools are free. Adobe’s Photoshop Express is another powerful application, but some of the tools in that application require a separate purchase.

Snapseed is an ideal application for users who want to step up their mobile photography game or just want a cool, new application to tinker with.

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