Get ready to learn how you can retouch your phone pictures like a pro on Snapseed. with my efforts on this article, I hope you will learn the way I edit my pictures which makes them look at least 10 times more appealing to a casual viewer. So Snapseed was a photo editing app by Nik software that was acquired by Google back in 2012. it’s one of my favorite apps and I truly love it more than any other App I have tried on the phone specially lightroom because all it does is, gives you a variety of filters and not nothing more than what Instagram can give you by default so I am going to show you how to edit your pictures like a pro on the app.
I use some of the settings throughout the app and these settings are more than enough for me to edit any picture I take from the phone and even from my cameras. in the styles option you see a lot of presets you will get on the app and then the real magic lies on the tools options where you get so many different tools and options to edit your picture that truly this app has made me stop using photoshop so much just to edit my pictures taken from the phone. the first option is to tune the image, you get a variety of different brightness contrast saturation settings and if you go on to details, it’s like sharpening up your picture adding more structure to it.
likewise, there are curves, there is a white balance crop rotate perspective. Perspective is a really cool tool that Snapseed provides. you can literally fix the overall perspective of the picture of both vertical and horizontal Axis which is a very rare feature in your other apps that will give you. if I try and talk about all the features all the added to this article is going to be very very long so what I am going to is I am going to share my practical use with you of how I edit my pictures. I took this picture in North Delhi India.
So Generally with pics like this, I don’t spend much time tweaking individual settings at first what I do is that I am going into HDR-scape and there are four options hare and the app will try to guess which scenario is there on the pictures so right now it has chosen fine by default which is not bad actually but if I try the other options like nature people fine and strong, I think even the strong one looks good but I choose the fine one.
I’ll immediately apply this effect on it and then what I do is I’ll go to tune image and there I will add some Shadow to the overall picture it depends on you you can also decrease the overall shadows if you believe that that is going to make the picture look even more appealing to your viewers And if I click on this little button here it will automatically adjust and put whatever settings are the best for your current picture and this is the histogram.
even if you go on to tune image again and choose this option it will again do the same effect because it’s basically taking into consideration of all the brightness color white-balance values which are currently on the picture and according to that the app is applying whatever effects and changes and settings it thinks is suitable for the current picture but I don’t like this in the end and because I’ve already put some effects on it.
will go back I’ll go into curves check if it is doing some justice to the picture and then I go into details and add some structure the overall picture. now what else I can do it I can choose selective choose the sun and decrease the overall effect of it and then go into structure then this like that the overall picture change like this. not bad at all.
So doing these many changes through a single app which is free on your phone is a big deal because before 2010, 2012 there weren’t many such apps on the phone and if you take a picture unless and until you sit on your PC or laptop won’t be able to edit your pictures as you would have wanted there were a lot of apps which used to give you a lot of default presets but that’s about it but this has been a big deal for many years now and I simply love how convenient editing pictures has become in past few years.
I took this picture in Palampur which is in Himachal Pradesh in India .beautiful place. you can see a lot is going on with the picture there is a statue in the middle some the mountains at the back. what I’ll do is I ll go to HDR scape and let’s see by default how good it process the picture in an automated natural HDR tone. let’s see nature first people fine and strong. if I click on nature it kinda tries to maintain more shadows on the pictures I think this is a good setting.I’ll decrease it a little. Tune image.
so let’s try the highlight one first. If I decrease it I will get more details on the clouds above. Yup, that’s good.and try to add more shadow the area on the statue and this area on the trees get a little more brightened up which is cool I think I want that and if I go to saturation and increase the saturation a bit I can get more greens and more blues on the mountains and on the grass like immediately the picture look so much better than the original one. I think it overdid the saturation part but that’s fine.
if I want to get a little greedy and add more details to the picture see how it turns out. I would feel that keeping the structure to 100 is going to make the picture even better because now I can see more details on it but trust me never do that to your pictures. so decrease it I should maintain it around 15 16 17.save it. I think I have done quite enough justice to the picture. And this beautiful picture I took from the comfort of my home and desktop. took this picture from the chirping *orchard which is in Mukteshwar. this sunrise was something that I might never forget.
Go on to selective first. I am going to zoom inside the area of the sun and go-to tools. click on selective just select this area and first I’m gonna add some structure to it. that’s about it. I am gonna go to HDR scape this looks too much. I am gonna select fine and decrease the filter strength to let’s say around this value it’s good.But I feel the picture has been darkened a lot so I am going into curves. And increase the overall brightness of the image. if you guys also do like this – the same pattern a dot in the middle and a dot on the top and by increasing the topmost dot a little you will be controlling the contrast on the picture. Little more brightness and contrast.
I can do more that I can add more details to the overall picture again I can add more brightness to the picture, overall brightness. The best thing is whatever steps whatever iterations you put on your image you can always go back by clicking here and un-doing your last Command so you can totally transform your pictures with this single app.since I have started using it I have stopped using photoshop on my computer to edit my pictures I think they do great justice with re-touching any picture you would want to retouch. this last picture was taken by some visitors during my visit at Auto Expo in 2018 in Noida India. so if edit this picture. my face has quite a less light on it so what I’ll do is I’ll go to selective zoom in on my face little and increase the brightness around this area.
I can also increase or decrease the size of this effect by simply dragging my two fingers on the screen and zoom in and zooming out. Go into brightness increase the brightness little. Little difference here and then go to tune image, go to shadows increase the shadows just a bit so that the overall image doesn’t look extremely flat. click and go again into tune image and go into highlights. decrease the highlight so that the background which is extremely bright has lesser light than it has currently right now.
so I’ll decrease the highlights again because the previous effect didn’t have much chance in the picture. and now again go tune image go to shadows add a little more Shadows and then go into curves, increase the curves a little and by putting a dot on the low curve I can control the contrast and saturation a bit more. There’s a lot of brightness around this area on the top. So what I am going to go again going to selective Tap here. increase the overall effect of it and then go to brightness and decrease it.
The overall picture is quite tilted so what I am gonna do is I am going to fix the rotation of it. Click on rotation. So this is a new update the rotate is fixing the orientation of the image by itself and I think it did a good job. click on ok so this is how the picture looks now after retouching it and this is why I don’t go on my computer not to retouch any of my pictures especially the ones which I take from my phone if I have captured from a DSLR or the other camera and I am just lazy to copy them on the phone, then and then only I use lightroom on my Windows desktop to edit those pictures. but whichever picture writing on the phone I simply edited on Snapseed and be happy it.