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Snapseed iOS App Review

Snapseed iOS App Review - Nik Software have released their Snapseed software for many platforms including Windows, Mac and Android, on test here is the iOS version.

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Snapseed iOS App in iOS Apps


Snapseed Screenshot

Snapseed, an image editing app, has been created by Nik Software (it has been bought by Google) and is available on a variety of platforms including Mac and Windows with the Android version now also available. On test here is their iOS version which works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and is now available for free.

Snapseed iOS App Features

  • Auto correct - adjusts colour and exposure automatically
  • Selective adjust - with Nik Software’s U Point technology
  • Tune Image - use ambience to create depth and vibrancy
  • Adjust white-balance, saturation, contrast and more
  • Straighten, rotate and crop
  • Take photos or open from the camera roll or take new photos
  • Black and white filter
  • Vintage films, drama, grunge and tilt-shift
  • Enhance details with sharpening or Structure control
  • Centre focus
  • Organic frames
  • Share via email or upload to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter (using iOS5)
  • Print wirelessly using Apple’s AirPrint technology

Snapseed iOS App Performance

When you load the app you are presented with a sample image which you can practice on. In the left top corner is an open image button. Snapseed can open JPEG, TIFF and RAW files (RAW images are only compatible if transferred onto the iPad using the camera connector kit). Down the left hand side if working in landscape, or underneath if working in portrait, are the available editing options sorted into 13 categories:
  • Auto correct (contrast & colour)
  • Selective adjustment (brightness, contrast and saturation)
  • Tune image (brightness, ambience, contrast, saturation & white balance)
  • Straighten and rotate
  • Crop (free or with a ratio)
  • Details (sharpen & structure)
  • Black and white effects (6 styles)
  • Vintage films (9 styles)
  • Drama effects (2 drama, 2 bright, 2 dark)
  • Grunge (1501 different levels)
  • Centre focus (lens blur, fog, 2 light and 2 dark)
  • Organic frames (8 frames)
  • Tilt & shift (linear and elliptical)
Snapseed Screenshot 4
Snapseed Screenshot 4

The interface is clean and easy to navigate with swiping gestures used to make adjustments. When you select one of the editing categories the app will give you instructions on how to edt your image as they differ slightly in each one. If you do get stuck at any point you can press the ? button which will help you along.

Snapseed Screenshot Control Points
Snapseed Screenshot Control Points

The selective adjustment category is particularly interesting as you can add a control point to your image and set the radius. You can then change the brightness, contrast and saturation and it will only be applied to your selected area. There are example images using the various options below.

Nik Software Snapseed iOS App Sample Photos

When you hit apply you are taken back to the main screen where you can make further edits. You can also press and hold the compare button to see your original image, revert back to the original (this loses your changes), save to your camera roll, print or share via email, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. Images are saved to the same resolution as the original photo to a maximum of 6.25 megapixels for iPad 1 and 16 megapixels for iPad 2. EXIF data is retained when syncing the photo back to your computer, it is lost when emailing or sharing to social network sites.

Snapseed iOS App Verdict

There are many editing apps available that do a similar job to Snapseed, but what is particularly impressive is that it doesn't downsize your images when saving. The Adobe Photoshop Touch app will only save at a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1600, not ideal if you have a DSLR with a large megapixel count. The selective adjustment feature is also quite unique, with the whole app being easy to use.

NB. Since the review the app has been made available for free - it is a must for all iOS and Android users.

The Snapseed iOS app is easy to use and doesn't downsize your images when saving.

Snapseed iOS App Pros

Very easy to use
Saves at original resolution

Snapseed iOS App Cons

Other apps available with similar features (but Snapseed is free now)


The Snapseed iOS App is available from the iTunes Store for free. For more information please visit the Snapseed website.
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JJGEE 12 7.0k 18 England
25 Mar 2012 1:39PM
Not sure why there being other apps available is deemed to be a "cons"

Logically then CS5 has a "cons" in that Elements / Lightroom / Capture One has similar features from the RAW processing perspective.

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