Photo Editing on Android [Snapseed]

A while ago I talked about this course coming up on "Android Photography" and what you could learn about using your device.  Well, there was some interest in people learning what we could use AFTER we took the photo.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the options.  Maybe that teacher might want to spy in on this article for some tips.  :)

There's PLENTY of apps out there for you to do some editing of your photos.  Not everybody is going to find 'their winner'.  Some people love GIMP, some are Photoshop ONLY.  To that end I'm going to talk about just 4 ... 5 options for you to look over.

These are the ones I've used the most, but let me know if there's ones you prefer in the comments.

This will cover part 3 - +Snapseed.  After part 5 I'll do a 'comparison' article.

So, Snapseed, by Nik Software was bought a little while ago by Google.

There's a lot that Snapseed can do, there's plenty of filters and just about EVERYTHING is adjustable.  One of the great things about it is that it's a very simple interface.  Slide your finger up and down to pick what to adjust, and then left and right to adjust how much gets adjusted.

Opening up the app you get a bunch all your potential editing options on the bottom and there's lots.

Straightening the photo is simple as sliding as well.  And crop is as you would assume.  Just drag the handles where you want to.

So, simple adjusting settings is as simple as picking the adjustment you want to do, then sliding up or down to pick which type (i.e. saturation, contrast, etc...) then left/right for the amount of adjustment.

You can also get specific 'spots' to adjust as well, which is really handy.  Choosing the spot then using a pinch/zoom to spread out how much of that area is affected.  It's kind of like 'selective colour selection' on Photoshop.  Great to adjust only the sky, or a face, etc...  And you can add in multiple spots, so if you had 3 flowers to adjust separately.

Similar to the point adjusting is that standard of 'selective focus' where you can adjust a radius around a point to be blurry.  You also get the cliche of 'tilt shift'.  Which can work for you... sometimes.


What else?  Frames and sharing to Google+ (it is a "Google product" after all).

So, yeah, this one is my favourite app of the bunch.  It's not the most powerful, but it's got the most settings to play with and is pretty much the simplest to use to boot.

And it's free.

Get it on Google Play