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Snapseed review: a great tool for editing photos

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I decided to do this Snapseed app review because I fell in love with how it made my iPhone photos pop. I have been using  Snapseed  ($4.99 – for iPhone and iPad) for the past few months and increasingly am loving the effects I can create with its functions and filters.

This Snapseed app review is based on a thorough testing. The version that I use the most is the one for my iPad, allowing me to properly see what I’m editing and the final effect of my actions.

Things I love about this app:

  • Vintage, Grunge and Drama “filters” which allow me to be artistic with a plain image
  • Center focus allows me to fake a depth of field which is difficult to create with the iPhone on its own
  • Tilt-shift for additional control and to create a toy/miniature effect

What’s not so great are the limited choices for frames – they seem to be a slight variation on one frame.
Overall, it’s a great buy if you are a heavy user of your iPhone or iPad for taking photos. The app certainly works easily to take your standard photos to the next level.

Here are some examples of my creations based on simple and originally unattractive photos that I took with my iPhone this past summer:

Snapseed app review

I used several filters here including Vintage and Grunge (toned down on the effect), with a blue-green colour for that super-vintage feel.

Snapseed app review

For this image, I used Vintage, Drama and Tilt-shift (to focus on the canoe) and the frames

Toes in the water

I used only the Vintage filter in this photo, as well as the Centre Focus to soften it up

Reflections on the river

I used the Grunge filter with a golden-green colour tone, as well as Tilt-Shift to create this dramatic look. The crop function allowed me to easily do a 16:9 crop.

If you’ve used Snapseed and love it, I’d love to see your photos – share your photo links with me!

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  • Reply
    Teena in Toronto
    September 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Very cool effects! Alas, I don’t have an IPhone or IPad so I’ll have to live vicariously through you.

  • Reply
    Liz Mulchey
    September 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    So cool! Sold! I’m on it like white on rice.

    • Reply
      Margaret Bourne
      September 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Knew you’d love it! One of the best photo editing apps I’ve used in a long time. Worth the money.

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