Snapseed 2.Oh WOW

As I move away from using a laptop to process my photos (and create artwork), any app that I can find that lets me do that is a joy for me. With the latest release of Snapseed…I am over-joyed! Here are my first impressions of the major upgrade.

  • Clean, simple design/UI
  • Seems faster than the previous version
  • A Histogram
  • Details of the image – Dimensions, File Name and Size on Disk
  • The ability to Save or Save a Copy
  • New tools – Transform, Brush, Spot Repair and Vignette
  • New Filters – Lens Blur, Glamour Glow, Tonal Contrast, Grainy Film, Noir

The new face of Snapseed 2.0

The new face of Snapseed 2.0


In playing with the new version the last couple of days I’ve found I don’t need the Selective Adjust anymore since they added the brush tool with dodge and burn – that was the main reason for me using selective adjust.

I was sorry to see Grunge no longer there, but it looks like Retrolux might have replaced it. I don’t use it a whole lot, but it is fun to see what it will do every once in a while.

I love having a histogram now, not too many apps have it so I’m glad its here now.

If you have to stop working on a photo for some reason, you can save it and it saves the “stack” of tools/filters used. When you open the photo again, it loads the “stack” and you can continue to add to it.

After tapping the '+' sign you will be shown this screen

After tapping the ‘+’ sign you will be shown this screen


Here are the returning tools and their adjustable settings:

Tune Image

  • Brightness
  • Ambiance
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Shadows (you can now darken the shadows by moving the slider to the left)
  • Highlights (you can darken the highlights or make them brighter)
  • Warmth

Auto adjust icon if you don’t want to mess with the sliders listed above.



  • Structure
  • Sharpening







  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation

Delete (deletes the selected pin)

You can no longer copy and paste pins


Here are the new tools and their adjustable settings:


  • Perspective Horizontal
  • Perspective Vertical
  • Rotation


Brush (tap the effects icon to bring up) –

  • Dodge & Burn: – 10, – 5, Eraser, + 5 and + 10
  • Exposure: – 1.0, -0.7, -0.3, Eraser, + 0.3, + 0.7 and + 1.0
  • Temperature: – 10, – 5, Eraser, + 5 and + 10
  • Saturation: – 10, -5, Eraser, + 5 and + 10

You can create a mask in any of the four brushes.


Spot Repair: tap to remove spots from your photo



  • Outer Brightness
  • Inner Brightness


Returning Filters include

HDR Scape

  • Filter Strength
  • Brightness
  • Saturation
  • Smoothing is gone



  • Filter Strength
  • Saturation



  • Brightness
  • Saturation
  • Style Strength
  • Vignette Strength

Blur Off/On toggle icon

Style – 12 styles


Black & White

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Grain

Color Filter icon:

  • Neutral
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green

Presets icon:

  • Neutral
  • Contrast
  • Bright
  • Dark
  • Film
  • Darken Sky



  • Frame Width: – 100 to + 100
  • Frame: 23 presets (tapping on preset icons shuffles through the look)


The new filters include

Lens Blur (has replaced Center Focus and Tilt Shift) –

  • Blur Strength
  • Transition
  • Vignette Strength

Tapping on Linear toggles between Circular and Lineal adjustments

Tapping on Style shows 11 shapes (the first 6 affect the depth of field, with the stars and hearts I noticed some vertical shifting)


Glamour Glow –

  • Glow
  • Saturation
  • Warmth


Tonal Contrast

  • Low Tones
  • Mid Tones
  • High Tones
  • Protect Shadows
  • Protect Highlights


Grainy Film

  • Grain
  • Style Strength


Retrolux (looks like it replaced Grunge) –

  • Brightness
  • Saturation
  • Contrast
  • Style Strength
  • Scratches
  • Light Leaks

Shuffle icon to shuffle through looks

Style icon: 13 presets (tapping on presets shuffles the look)



  • Brightness
  • Wash
  • Grain
  • Filter Strength

Style: 14 presets


I’ve seen quite a few people complain about the new version of Snapseed, I’m loving it and am glad for the upgrade. One of the biggest pluses for me, since I take screenshots of each step to post here, is that it shows the settings used for each adjustment. The downside is that I have to keep a finger on the screen while holding down the power button and the home button to take the screenshot; it can be a bit tricky, but it is manageable. If I don’t have paper and pen (or computer) close by I can at least have all settings shown.

If you use Snapseed, how do you like the new version?


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