Best image editor for Android and iOS gets a huge update


Two years or so after Google purchased Snapseed, one of the best image editors for Android and iOS has remained untouched by updates, and already starting to show its age. Today, the app has received the first major update since it went under Google’s command: welcome to Snapseed 2.0.

Luckily, the update does not break what already works, and only adds new awesome features:
  • lens blur tool
  • tonal contrast tool
  • intelligent perspective transform
  • spot healing
If those ring a bell, that’s because they are features we've all seen in desktop-grade image editors like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP. Google, indeed, has high aspirations for the new Snapseed, saying that the app offers "the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet."

What’s particularly exciting in this new version, though, is the capability to have truly precise control over edits: you can now apply effects and filters to only a particular part of the image rather than the whole (use the brush tool for that).

The new ‘stacks’ feature allows you to save edits, undo previous edits, or apply/copy edits from one image onto another.

Best of all, Snapseed remains completely free, not spoiled by any ads.


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10 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5732; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still no RAW DNG support Come on Google, that's one of the best new features of Lollipop

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm not sure that Snapseed is a better editor on iOS than Pixelmator. Pixelmator already has a lot of desktop image editing built in.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

In my experience, Snapseed may be the absolute best editor you can get for free on mobile. It's better than the vast majority of paid apps as well. Although for anything heavy I still use Adobe products on my iMac, it is almost astounding how much I can do with this one app on the go. it's really freed me up to create content while I'm traveling, and I think it's pretty awesome that it even exists. Thanks for the updates Google!

6. Sauce5 unregistered

The selective-adjust feature is one of my favorites

4. Cicero

Posts: 1139; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Pixlr from Autodesk?

5. buccob

Posts: 2977; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes I've been using Pixlr for years and to me is still the best... though it has put many adds lately is still great. I had Spot Healing for a while, and the Auto Fix is excellent. I will give Snapseed a try, but so far Pixlr has meet my expectations.

8. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Pixlr user here too, been using it for years. Arguably one of the best free Photo-editors (I've tried many including Snapseed). Didn't "feel" snapseed before but will give it a whirl now and see the difference.

7. Sauce5 unregistered

ProCam is another amazing app to have. It also has a awesome photo editing extension that works wonderfully. On a side note, does anyone remember which app was shown off at the iPhone 6 keynote that was going to be released shortly after the iPhone 6 launched.? They brought some dude up on stage and he showed off a very powerful editing app with features that are known inside Photoshop desktop. Trying to think of the name. Some features were content aware, clone stamp tool, focus masks, layer comps, etc.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Photomate R2 'nuff said

10. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Enlight for iOS is way better image editor than snapseed.

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