How do you make a powerful app more powerful ? You do a major overhaul, add new editing tool and throw in the some really great filter. That’s what Snapseed did with the their new 2.0 update. Over a year ago, I emailed Snapseed and gave them some feedback on their app. They told me they were working on a serious update to improve the tools and other things. Well the update came out today and it’s big buzz in the mobile community. This was a highly much anticipated update and overhaul on the design along with new user interface. The new update runs smooth like melted butter on my iPhone 6 plus. I can only imagine on the iPad Air 2 that it’s even quicker. This will be a 3 part Snapseed update blog post because there is so much to cover and can’t fit into one blog post.
Below are two lists of added features and compatibility requirements. You will need iOS 8 in order to get this update or purchase the app.
What’s New in Version 2.0.0
• Stacks allow you to re-edit any image
• Copy your edits from one image to another
• 5 new filters including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow, previously a premium feature
• Lens blur that’s adjustable in all directions
• Brush tools to apply effects to sections of an image
• Spot Repair for detailed editing, healing, and retouching
• Transform adjusts perspective across vertical and horizontal axes, then fills in empty areas after rotations
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
*The top photo was edited with Snapseed using the new Noir and Glamour Glow filters.*
We open up Snapseed with new slick interface, so long to the dead tree in the desert photo and good riddance !!! Now we have a bright new photo with open photo button. Tap on the open photo button and a menu pops up with 4 options. I’m going to tap on the open from device button and select a photo.
But before I tap on that button, I wanted to show you the demo photo that will be used during the simple tutorial. I just want to enhance the photo and not do a lot of heavy editing. I just want to darken the edges and bring out the flower so it looks more inviting.
I’ve loaded up the photo and ready to be edited. Now if you noticed the screen and UI are so different. In the first screen there’s a histogram and a big plus button. When you tap on the big plus button, you have two section of boxes to tap on, Tool and Filters.
I tap on vignette because I wanted to darken the edges, so your eyes go to the flower. As you can see, they still have the sliders of up and down and left to right. The signature way of how Snapseed operates and the design of it is so clean now. You can still tap on the top right hand corner to revert back and fourth between edits.
The 2 out of 5 new filters I’m going to show you are Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow. Tonal Contrast is awesome and very impressive. You have total control over your contrast and details without blowing anything out. These controls not only enhances your details but preserves them at the same time. You have 3 tones and 2 details.
Glamour Glow is also impressive too. This has to be the best glow filter/tool I’ve used on a mobile platform. It’s the only glow slide I’ve seen that doesn’t blow everything out and maintains details. It’s like the took the mid section between blown out and blacked out and stretched that mid section to give you better control. Snapseed really did their home work with these two filters.
Now let’s talk about how to save in Snapseed because that has changed. What you want to tap on SAVE COPY and not SAVE. If you tap on save, it will permanently modify your original photo. So if you have an original back up, then by all means SAVE away but I don’t…so I tap on DON’T ALLOW !!!
The other cool thing is if you tap on the 3 show in the second screen shot. You can look at your history of all the edits you did in layers. I think that pretty fricken awesome. This is great for the people who want to keep track on editing steps you did with Snapseed. Plus this is how you can go back in fourth with your layers with Snapseed.
Snapseed is FREE in the App Store, universal to the iPad and iOS 8 only.
Here is my finished enhanced edits done with Snapseed. There is something else I wanted to point out. With the new update there are some draw backs, you gain some/you loose some. Three filter were dropped in the update, Grunge, Center Focus and Tilt Shift. But you gain Lens Blur, Glamour Glow, Tonal Contrast, Grainy Film and Noir. The tools you lost were Automatic, Selective Automatic and Straighten. But you gained Rotate, Transform, Brush, Selective, Spot Repair and Vignette…I’m guessing the tools you lost are in the new tool folders. I’m going to go over the tools in more detail in part 3 of the Snapseed update. Tomorrow I plan to do into detail with Lens Blur, Graniy Film and Noir. This concludes part 1 of the Snapseed Update. If you have any questions, please leave comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. See you tomorrow for part 2 !!!