Snapseed App Review


Snapseed is an image editing tool specifically for smart devices and tablets for photo editing. The app was designed by the Snapseed Team of Google and acquired by Google in March 2012. The app contains features for users to edit photographs, including crop, rotate, panoramic stitching, straightening, and filters. In 2016, the app was updated to offer new features to users, and in the latest version of the app, users can now add a movie to edit and make collages with their photographs and add emoji to photos.

Users like:

  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • No advertisements
  • Can edit RAW files
  • Loaded with professional-grade presets and tools
  • Used by amateur and professional photographers alike
  • Simple finger swipe sliders to edit images

Users don't like:

  • Not for complete beginners
  • Save options aren’t very intuitive
  • Requires a slight learning process
  • Social network integration options aren’t as clear as they could be

Why to choose/Best for:

  • Opens JPG and RAW files
  • 29 Tools and Filters, including Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Perspective
  • Save your personal looks and apply them to new photos later
  • Selective filter brush
  • All styles can be tweaked with fine, precise control
  • Tutorial cards with tips and tricks about Snapseed and general photography
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Snapseed FAQ

Snapseed FAQ

  • Getting Started with Tools and Filters

    After opening an image, access Tools and Filters by tapping TOOLS to add and edit. Tools will help to perfect the image, from cropping and straightening to removing spots and scratches. From there, Filters can be applied to add style.

    The order in which Tools and Filters are applied matters. For example, adding Frames before adding Lens Blur will blur the frame. If Frames are added after Lens Blur, the frame will remain sharp.

    Compare in one click. Tap and hold within a Tool or Filter to reveal the before image. Or from the home screen, tap and hold the image itself.

    Zoom in to see details using a pinching gesture on the image. Use two fingers to pan through the image when zoomed.

    The workflow is non-destructive. Working in Stacks allows for adjusting previously-applied edits made in Tools and Filters, even after saving the image.

  • Develop: RAW Editing

    Develop will launch immediately upon opening a RAW file, but is also accessible through the Tools and Filters menu when a RAW file is open. Once opened, swipe vertically on the image to access the edit menu. Once an option has been selected, swipe horizontally to enhance. The menu includes:

    • Exposure Adjust the amount of light in the image.
    • Shadows Only adjust the brightness of the shadows or darkest areas of the image.
    • Highlight Only adjust the brightness of the highlights, or brightest areas of the image.
    • Contrast Adjust the degree of difference between shadows and highlights.
    • Structure Increase the number of details in the image. The structure uses a unique algorithm to bring out the texture of objects throughout the photo, without affecting the edges of the objects.
    • Temperature Adjust the balance between cool blue tones and warm yellow tones in the image.
    • Tint Adjust the balance between green and magenta tones in the image.

    What is RAW?

    A digital camera measures red, green, and blue light separately, then analyzes these measurements to create colors. However, there are a lot more colors that a camera can measure than are visible by the human eye.

    For example, JPEG files are images made up of actual colors that the eye can see. Extra color data gets clipped and simplified, like the brightest and darkest parts of the image appearing solid white or solid black.

    RAW files store the original sensor data, meaning that the RAW file is not actually an image yet. What may appear solid white or solid black can still be manipulated to recover color data.


    • Android Snapseed will edit DNG RAW files on any device that can capture DNG, and on most other recent devices
    • iOS Snapseed will edit RAW files from the following list of camera models on all current Apple mobile devices*
      • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Dx, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 100D (Kiss X7, Rebel SL1), 350D (Kiss Digital N, Digital Rebel XT), 400D (Kiss Digital X, Digital Rebel XTi), 450D (Kiss X2, Rebel XSi), 500D (Kiss X3, Rebel T1i), 550D (Kiss X4, Rebel T2i), 600D (Kiss X5, Rebel T3i), 650D (Kiss X6i, Rebel T4i), 700D (Kiss X7i, Rebel T5i), 750D (Kiss X8i, Rebel T6i), 1000D (Kiss F, Rebel XS), 1100D (Kiss X50, Rebel T3), RebelT6 760D, Rebel T6 8000D, 1200D, M
      • Canon Powershot G1X, G7X, G12, G16, S100
      • Fuji X100
      • Nikon 1AW1, 1J1, 1J2, 1J3, 1J4, 1S1, 1S2, 1V1, 1V2, 1V3, D3, D3X, D4, D4S, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, Df, Coolpix A, Coolpix p7800
      • Olympus E-M1, E-M5, E-M10, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-PL7, OM-D E-M5 Mark II
      • Panasonic CM1, FZ300, G70, GF1, GF3, GF5, GF7, GH3, GH4, GM1, GM5, GX1, GX8, LX5, LX7, LX100
      • Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7 Mark II, A55, A58, A65, A77, A77 Mark II, A99, A700, A3000, A5000, A5100, A6000, QX1, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, RX1, RX1R, RX10, RX10 Mark II, RX100, RX100 Mark II, RX100 Mark III, RX100 Mark IV
      • DNG files All .dng files

    *iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini are known to produce artifacts with some photos from some cameras

    Import Workflows

    The following are supported workflows for importing RAW files to your mobile devices:


    • Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader will read all supported RAW files and allow the user to import them to the Camera Roll. Note: Some DNG files may appear blank in the interface and Camera Roll but will be shown correctly in Snapseed. Check it out in the Apple Store.
    • Lightning to USB Camera Adapter can be used in combination with a camera’s USB port or even a USB SD card reader to read all supported RAW files and allow the user to import them to the Camera Roll. Check it out in the Apple Store.
    • EyeFi MobiPro RAW files can be transferred to an iOS device via Wifi using the “Eyefi Mobi” app and selecting share/save the photo. Photos will be saved as RAW files to the Camera Roll. Note: This requires iOS 9.3.4.
    • Google Drive Select a photo in Drive, tap on the dot dot dot icon, then select “send a copy”. Drive will download the file. Select “Save Photo” to save it to the Camera Roll, or “Open in” to directly open it in Snapseed. Note: This requires Drive v4.12 and iOS 9.3.4.
    • Apple Mail Email a RAW file, fully downloads it in Mail, then open the photo preview and tap the “share” icon. Select “Save Photo” to save it to the Camera Roll, or “Copy to Snapseed” to directly open it in Snapseed.
  • Save, Share, Export

    Save the edits by tapping EXPORT and selecting Save.

    Share the image by tapping EXPORT and selecting Share

    Save the edits by tapping EXPORT and selecting Save.

    Select Save to save the non-destructive edit stack on the original image. Edits can always be removed by opening the image into Snapseed and removing the stack.
    Select Save a copy to save the non-destructive edit stack on a duplicate image. The duplicate version will be in JPEG format. It will save to a new Album titled Snapseed, in addition to appearing at the end of your Camera Roll.
    Select Export to save a duplicate image, with the edit stack flattened. The flattened version will be in JPEG format. It will save to the end of your Camera Roll.
    Please note that Snapseed edits saved with Save or Save a copy may not appear on images when accessed through certain third-party applications. To ensure that Snapseed edits are viewable by all third party applications, select Export.

  • Android Details
    Size:Varies with device
    Version:Varies with device
    Content Rating:3+
    Author:Google LLC
    iOS Details
    Size:95.8 MB
    Content Rating:4+
    Author:Google LLC
    Compatibility:Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    Languages:English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


    iOS (iPhone, iPad):

    6 User Reviews

    • This is simply superb. The best, most powerful app I have on my phone.

    • It is great app for editing photos like a pro.

    • This app has so many useful tools. Great for quick alterations. The UI is good too. I’ve tried many photo editing apps and this stands out by far. As a designer this is great for quick things I want to alter when I don’t have photoshop on hand.

    • Logically the best photo editing app ever in android. This app is a great deal guys. If u get to know how to use it, u can really edit like a pro.

    • This quickly became my go to editor, not only does the software do a great job but the interface makes editing so easy. All edits can be done easily with one hand due to a great design on the adjustment tools interface. A small amount of adjustment here will give your pictures a wee bit extra. Also really brings out the detail in pictures at look like they’re to dark.

    • Must have photo editing tool. Simple to use and a ton of features to make that awesome shot/photo into a master piece worthy of a magazine ad style photo. Amaze your friends and family with photos from your phone that look like it was taken on expensive DSL camera and edited for hours in minutes! Perfect pair with this app is PicsArt to give you the full professional look prepare to make top trending photos for you school projects, work presentation, or Socal Media shares!

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