Snapseed - Google completely redesigned the app, making it light and airy

The Snapseed app has a long-awaited big update with a redesign. Why long-awaited? I've been using it for over a year, and in all that time the authors haven't made any major changes - new features have been added, tools have been improved, but the design hasn't changed globally.

The app has changed the design scheme from dark to light. A new "Styles" section has been added. In fact, it's another set of ready-made filters. However, unlike the filters in the "Coarse Grained" or other sections of the app, the "Styles" does not change the saturation of the overlay filters. It seems to me that this is inconvenient, because after applying them, you want to reduce the saturation. It is quite possible that such functionality will be added later.

Home screen, styles section, export section

I do not remember whether the previous version had the ability to choose the degree of compression of the picture after processing. If there was, I want to draw your attention to this useful option once again. Depending on the amount of memory on your smartphone, you can choose the appropriate option for you. This option is in the settings menu.

Settings - Quality and Format

Snapseed tools

I decided to go through all the tools, divide them into conditional groups and highlight the most useful for work.

Divided all the tools of the application into 6 conditional groups

Purple Block: correction, sharpness, curves, white balance - basic picture settings. The first thing I do when I open a photo in the app is to use these tools. In most cases, only the "Correction" tool is enough, where I adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, light and dark areas, and the warmth of the picture.

Blue Block: Cropping, rotation, perspective, expansion - everything you need to correct a photo before cropping. Horizon and perspective alignment work fine here. The "Rotate" menu has autocorrect - when you open this tool, the application will try to correct the rotation of the picture automatically. I want to draw your attention to the tool "Expansion" - instead of cropping you can try to enlarge the image by finishing the surroundings. It will work well on photos with a single-color plain background.

Pink Block: Selective correction, brush, spot correction - What we love about Snapseed! Tools for local image correction. Come in handy to blur wires, reduce the saturation of a selected object, or add contrast to the sky.

Green Block: HDR effect, tonal contrast, drama - The tools of this block I usually use on 10-20% saturation to increase the contrast of the image.

Yellow Block: vintage, noir, coarse grain, retro, grunge, b&w - a set of filters for color correction. As the name implies, most of them mimic a particular style. In all the filters here you can change the intensity of overlaying. I consider only "Coarse Grain" and "B/W" really useful from this block.

Orange Block: portrait, head position - facial processing tools. If you try to upload selfies to the app and go into Portrait, it will recognize your face and try to automatically correct your tone by blurring and also add highlights to your eyes. You can adjust all of this manually.

"Head Rotation" is a very strange name for a tool inside which you can zoom in on your eyes. Localization and all that. In the same tool you can make yourself smile or correct facial distortion due to the front camera lenses. So I advise you to experiment by taking good selfies in natural light. That way it's more likely that the face, eye and mouth recognition mechanism will work well. It would be great if Google finalized these tools to a full-fledged facetune, so there would be a cool free face retouching tool.

So far the correction is a bit clumsy and obvious. But I believe that it will be finalized.

On the left, I applied the correction from the "Portrait" tool. On the right, I tried adding a slight smile in "Face Rotation".

The tools that were not included in the review, I believe, are not as important and useful as those listed above. The exception is "Double Exposure," on the use of which I wrote a separate article.

As before, I recommend Snapseed to anyone interested in mobile photography. Some of the tools need some work to understand the mechanics of the work, but for me personally it is a masthead app. The update is cool, let's wait for further improvements.

If you don't already have Snapseed, here are the links: GooglePlay, AppStore.

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