Things we love: Snapseed photo editing app for Android and iOS

by / Thursday, 31 August 2017 / Published in Blog, Things we love

All eyes are on you when you post images onto social media. But if you’re relying on nothing more than Instagram filters to make your photos look their best, you can do better than that. Here’s another tool you have to explore: Snapseed.

Like it or not, people will judge the effectiveness of your social media presence by the quality of the images you post. It’s always worth while to take good quality images and make them look their best before you click “share.”

Both Twitter and Instagram allow you to tweak the look of any image you upload, but it’s so much better to edit off-line in a simple app like Snapseed, which is available for iOS and Android.

Snapseed is Google’s own photo editing app, and I’ve used it on Android for more than a year. Whether I’m posting photos on social media for myself personally, for our company or for clients like the Walter Scott Prize, I rarely post images that I haven’t first put through Snapseed’s powerful tools. Here’s some of what you can do:


Get rid of colour cast on your image by choosing the white balance option and dragging the crosshair onto something in your picture that you know is white, such as the egg cup in this photo:

 


Give a one-click all-purpose fix to images with HDR-scape, which you can find under Filters. I usually reduce the effect of HDR-scape to no more than 25% percent, as anything higher than that makes an image look overprocessed:

 


Easily crop into a square or other format:

 


Take a look at the before-and-after on my basket of autumn fruit. The edited version is subtly but clearly brighter and more lively:


One thing: be sure you use the correct version of your photo when you post it online. In Instagram, for example, be sure to choose your Snapseed folder and select the image from there:

 


What photo editing tools do you rely on?

 

Sheila M. Averbuch is the managing director of the content services agency ENNclick, with offices in Edinburgh, Scotland in Cork, Ireland. We’re always happy to chat about how your organisation can make better use of social media. Telephone Sheila at + 441875341583 or email sheila@ennclick.com

 

Makeup mirror image by MsSaraKelly on Flickr

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