Category Archives: Snapseed

New Snapseed delivers RAW, Face filter, White Balance, Perspective, and more

I’m delighted to say that Snapseed now supports raw image editing on both iOS & Android:

The new RAW tool opens automatically when Snapseed detects a RAW file and works seamlessly with other Snapseed tools, such as Healing, Brushes, Frames, Text, HDR, and Details. Editing changes can be saved non-destructively, or exported as JPG in high quality. Some of the available adjustments for RAW include Structure, Tint, Shadow control, Exposure (-4.0 to 4.0 f-stops), and Temperature (1.700°K to over 8.000°K). Anyone using Snapseed 2.9 and an Apple USB SD card photo adapter or WiFi SD card can now work with RAW images. 

Here’s a RAW-vs.-JPEG comparison:

Raw vs jpeg

 Meanwhile the new Face filter lets you brighten faces, smooth skin, and make eyes pop.

Want more? Okay, here’s more:

Also on Android: new Perspective and White Balance tools. Perspective straightens lines in your image by removing the perspective effect from the original image. White Balance offers fine color balance control with pinpoint precision via an eye dropper tool.

Lastly, you now have greater control over image saving:

In addition to UI improvements and bug fixes on both Android and iOS, you can now set the preferred JPG compression rate, or even save lossless (PNG) when exporting.

Enjoy, and as always, please let us know what you think!

Check out Snapseed’s new built-in tutorial stream

Apply a saved look to your image just by tapping it in a tutorial (stored in the “Insights” drawer at the bottom of the home screen).

Snapseed 2.7 is rolling out today and we’re excited to introduce Snapseed’s new Insights stream on your iOS device! Insights offers helpful editing tips directly within Snapseed: quick tutorials, pro editing tips, and inspiration from great photographers are now at your fingertips, with new content published often.

In addition, both updates on Android and iOS have minor bug fixes and adjustments.

Feedback is, as always, most welcome!


Snapseed 2.6 enhances B&W, WB

Rolling out today on iOS & Android, the release delivers some bigger stuff…

  • A Blue filter in Black and white – this creates a high contrast black and white image by pushing blue tones white and yellow tones black (check out the image for a comparison of all color filters)
  • White Balance in the RAW editor on Android – use the color picker to select a neutral color in the photo for automatic corrections, or choose from 8 different presets like Tungsten, Daylight and Sunny
…plus some smaller tweaks:
  • Added Talkback capability for Healing tool on Android – with Talkback enabled, the Healing tool will announce where the patch is being applied
  • Fixed a crash on iOS when flipping images under specific conditions
  • Minor bug fixes


Snapseed 2.5 delivers faster batch editing, image flipping

It’s now much faster to apply the same edits to a number of images in sequence:

Apply Last Edits from the Main Screen. Use this feature to apply the same edits on a new photo that have been applied to the last saved photo. This feature only applies adjustments that have no local dependencies (i.e. no crop, transform or brush filters)

You can also use a new toggle switch inside the Straighten filter to flip an image horizontally:

Horizontal flip. Use this feature to horizontally mirror a photo, for example to fix front camera selfies which did not get mirrored correctly by the camera app.


And last but not least:

On Android Snapseed now displays more photo metadata information, including a map if the photo contains GPS information.

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Snapseed 2.4 introduces negative structure, more

Available today on Android and iOS, the new release introduces several enhancements

  • Negative Structure in Details (great for smoothing out noise; see before/after below)
  • Style selectors that automatically scroll to next item
  • Better histogram
  • Bug fixes

Additionally on Android, Snapseed now offers optimized on-screen controls for TalkBack accessibility mode. On iOS, Snapseed now supports RTL (right to left) screen layouts.


A tiny Snapseed tweak that makes me very happy

TL;DR: Press & hold to compare (iOS only for the moment).

Snapseed’s unique interface for selecting parameters (dragging up & down on screen) & adjusting them (dragging left right) long seemed to dictate that the app couldn’t use what’s become the standard gesture for toggling adjustment preview. Instead you had to press & hold the little preview icon in the upper right of the screen.

Now, though, you can simply press & hold on the app main screen (to compare the original image to the current state) or within individual filters (to compare just that filter’s adjustments to the previous state). The exception here is with brush-based filters (Healing, Brush): in those pressing on the screen obviously applies a brushstroke, so you still need to rely on the preview icon there. For its part the icon remains visible everywhere it was already.

Snapseed for iOS gets a faster image picker, more

It’s a small thing, but I can’t tell you how much more I enjoy using the image picker in Snapseed for iOS than its predecessor. Grab the latest update (2.1) and check out the enhancements. From the team post:

  • A new image picker provides much quicker access to photos
  • Editing session is preserved when switching to another app
  • Style menus in filters are opened by default
  • Filter names are displayed in the title bar 
  • Tap to hide controls on main screen to see the image without distractions
  • When zoomed in, the image can be moved so that the navigator doesn’t obscure any part of the image
  • Filter selector displays 3 columns in landscape orientation on iPhones
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements


Snapseed goes raw! DNG support arrives on Android.

I’m delighted to say that DNG files, shot directly on Android phones or converted from other formats, can now be edited in Google Snapseed for Android. When you open these images in the new Snapseed 2.1 (rolling out now, so please check back in the Play Store if it’s not yet available where you are), a new Develop filter module gives you great control over highlights, shadows, and white balance—just as you’d expect when working with raw.

Some phones can shoot DNG photos in the phone’s built-in camera app, including LG G4, HTC One M9, OnePlus One, Oppo N1, Oppo N3, and Oppo Find 7. Others require a third-party camera app to shoot DNGs, including the Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge, Nexus 5, and Nexus 6. Devices need at least 1.5GB of RAM & good OpenGL support.

Happy shooting, and please let us know what you think!

Raw vs jpeg