How I Edit My Photos with Snapseed

Jul 15, 2015



After Photoshop, there was Snapseed. Then VSCO Cam.

Snapseed is like the mobile version of Photoshop. It has various filters that are almost similar to those you can find in Photoshop (Lens Blur, HDR, Black and White, etc.) and it also has the Retrolux filter that gives you the film-camera feel with film burns, dusts, and scratches.

Also, read this review by Life in Lofi. He reviews better than I do anyway. Haha.

Anyway, I'd like to let you in on how I edit my black and white photos using my phone.

But first, download Snapseed.

And then... Pick a photo you'd like to edit. I picked this photo I took of my friend, Aicha, taken on my birthday at the beach. This was taken using an iPhone 5. Afterwards,


1. CHOOSE "BLACK AND WHITE" FILTER THEN PICK THE "DARK" SET. ADJUST AMBIANCE.

There are other choices like Neutral, Contrast, Bright, Dark, Film, and Darken Sky. I like using Dark as it is similar to Photoshop's Gradient Map, which makes black look black and white look white. More often than not, grays are eliminated.




2. GO BACK TO ADJUSTMENTS AND PICK "VIGNETTE," THEN ADJUST HIGHLIGHTS AND AMBIANCE AGAIN.

I like using Vignette just because. You can skip this step if you want. However, do not forget to adjust the Highlights and Ambiance. Highlights defines the whites, and Ambiance defines the shadows and mostly blacks; adjust to your own liking.




3. SHARPEN THE IMAGE FROM "TUNE IMAGE" ADJUSTMENTS SET.

I end all my photo post-processing by sharpening the image. This defines all the details in the photo.




4. COMPARE THEN SAVE.

By tapping the image, Snapseed allows you to review the original image. If you like what you've done with the photo, go save it. If you don't, edit again.





If you like this tutorial, link it to your friends. If you don't, let me know.

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