With iOS8 Apple introduced a great system for non-destructive editing: Apps still write out new images, but instead of having those show up separately in one’s Camera Roll, they now show up sitting atop the original images. Under the hood, your iOS device still retains the original pixels & the new pixels, but it stacks them together with the list of edits that turn the original into the output. That way you can always revert to your original pixels, and the editing app can keep its edits flexible (by re-reading the original pixels + list of edits, letting you get back to where you left off).
Supporting this new system requires updating one’s app to use new APIs introduced with iOS 8. Snapseed has of course done this, as have Google Drive, the new Apple Photos, and many other apps. Some apps haven’t yet been updated, however, so they read only the original pixels on the device. Notably, when you connect your iOS device to a Mac & transfer images via Lightroom or Apple’s Image Capture utility, or when you browse your Camera Roll using Dropbox, you’ll transfer only original pixels. This isn’t unique to Snapseed: try making edits in Camera Plus, Camera+, or other iOS 8-savvy apps & you’ll get the same results.
We know that the problem is very frustrating, and people understandably blame Google, but our options for dealing with it are limited. As other apps get updated, the problem will go away. In the meantime, we could add an “Export flat JPEG” command, or something similar, but that’s hardly ideal. Photographers shouldn’t have to think about this stuff, especially if doing so means choosing between non-destructive editing & being able to transfer your work.
So, we’re considering next steps. What would you find most useful?
RC Concepcion from Kelby One has created a series of 28 bite-sized lessons that show you the ins & outs of achieving amazing results with the newly released Snapseed 2.0. The number of vids may sound a little overwhelming, but they’re all small, and breaking them up means that you can easily jump just to the bits that interest you. Enjoy!
If you’re serious about mobile photography, I think you’ll enjoy Nik founder Nils Kokemohr’s in-depth demo and conversation with Scott & RC Concepcion. Nils deep-dives on powerful new features like Tonal Contrast from Color Efex Pro (“the best tonal contrast ever,” says Scott), Stacks, and much more.
I’m thrilled to announce that Snapseed 2, the next generation of the award-winning mobile photography powerhouse—has arrived and is ready for download on iOS & Android. Key new features:
Non-destructive editing via Stacks allows you to re-edit or undo any change. You can also copy edits from one image to another.
New tools including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast, intelligent perspective Transform, and Spot Healing.
Selectively apply filters and effects to parts of the image using the Brush tool.
We’ve also added long-requested features like zooming, undo, highlight adjustment, and more. I think you’ll find that you can work both faster (moving edits among images) and with more precision (using brushing to fine-tune the whole image or even individual filters). We’d love to see what you create & to hear your thoughts, here and in the user-to-user forum.
I’m happy to say that my all-time favorite mobile editing app, Google Snapseed, has gotten a small revision to improve iOS 8 compatibility (specifically to address a snag when scrolling through the filter list).
The app has been my workhorse for more than three years, but there’s so much more it can be & do. What would you like to see?
I’m delighted to say that we’ve rewritten the Snapseed editing pipeline from the ground up, making it non-destructive & setting the stage for a really exciting future. Just yesterday it arrived on iOS inside the new Google+ app (which, by the way, offers to back up all your photos & videos for free). Engineer Todd Bogdan writes,
Easily perfect your photos with a powerful new editing suite in the Google+ app for iPhone and iPad. With these Snapseed-inspired tools you can crop, rotate, add filters and 1-tap enhancements like Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape, and more. Add a personal touch to your photos, then easily share them with friends and family. As an added bonus: you can start editing on one device, continue on another, and revert to your originals at any time!
The overall workflow is a work in progress (e.g. right now you don’t get an interface for re-editing your adjustments), but stay tuned: we’re starting to cook with gas.