Originally produced by Nik software then purchased by Google, Snapseed has since undergone a major overhaul but remains a fast, effective and reliable editing tool.

Features (from Google Play listing)

  • Opens JPG and DNG files
  • Edit history allows later corrections
  • Selective filter brush
  • Non-destructive RAW DNG file editing and JPEG conversion
  • Crop, rotate, perspective corrections
  • exposure, white balance, vignette
  • Brush – selectively retouch exposure, saturation, brightness or warmth
  • Selective – the renowned Control Point technology: position up to 8 points on the image and assign enhancements, the algorithm magically does the rest
  • Healing – remove the uninvited neighbour from a group picture
  • Text – add both stylised or plain text (38 predefined styles)
  • Lens Blur – add a beautiful Bokeh to images (background softening), ideal for photographic portraits (11 Bokeh types)
  • Filters include: Glamour Glow, Tonal Contrast, HDR Scape, Drama, Grunge, Grainy Film, Vintage, Retrolux, Noir, B&W
  • Frames
  • Face – add focus to the eyes, add face-specific lighting or smooth the skin

The feature I like most about Snapseed is the speed and simplicity of the main editing tools with zero on-screen clutter. The simple swipe up/down to switch function, and left/right to change the setting is a great interface. The range of filters is good and the black & white filter is especially useful with control over the converted brightness of individual colors. The app is entirely free with no ads or promotions.

Best used for:

  • RAW file editing
  • Fast crop, exposure, contrast tools
  • Some good filters