Mobile photo editor Snapseed gets a UI facelift and new perspective correction tool

Sep 21, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sep 21, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Google have released a new version of Snapseed with a drastically overhauled user interface. Version 2.18 is available for both iOS and Android. You know Snapseed, it’s the reason Google bought Nik Software. A company which offered a fantastic suite of desktop tools Google then abandoned.

They say that the new user interface is designed for faster editing and a more efficient workflow. All of the usual features are still there, and a new perspective correction feature has also been added. The new, brighter look is getting some mixed reactions, though. Many aren’t happy about the new, bright grey and white background. I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of it myself.

It’s much easier to edit when the background of your screen which surrounds the image is dark, especially if you want to see shadow detail. Nonetheless, it’s out now, and it’s what we’ve got to work with.

Having “looks”, which are basically just presets, available from the main screen has never been a real need for me. Sure, it’s handy to be able to make your own custom presets, but I rarely tend to use them. For those that like them, there’s 11 new ones included, and you can make your own new ones, too. I just find that images often require too much of a slightly different treatment from each other to really get the look I want. So, I preferred when it was hidden.

The light background is also quite off-putting when trying to look at colour and detail in darker areas of an image. On the previous dark background, I could easily pick out that detail. Now, it’s a little harder as your eyes adjust to the bright grey and white surroundings.

One thing that is rather cool, though, is the new perspective correction tool. You can tilt or turn the image up and down or left and right. You can also rotate it and scale it. Finally, you can even grab each corner separately to fine tune things. It works in a similar way to Photoshop’s Distort and Perspective Transform tools. That is to say, it works rather well.

As mentioned, the usual array of adjustment tools are there, and you can go back along the edit history and tweak things at any point. You can also save out a file containing the edits that you can come back to adjust at a later point in time.

Overall, I do quite like the new look. I just wish it wasn’t so bright. Hopefully, we’ll get a mini-patch soon that lets us choose between a light or dark UI layout.

The updated Snapseed V2.18 app is available now for both iOS and Android.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7 responses to “Mobile photo editor Snapseed gets a UI facelift and new perspective correction tool”

  1. Keith A Varley Avatar
    Keith A Varley

    I agree. Hide the styles and give us back the black background.

  2. doge Avatar
    doge

    The perspective tool is not new the the android platform. It’s been around for a while now.

  3. Jason Tuggle Avatar
    Jason Tuggle

    That background is atrocious. Why the recent obsession with everything white or light background? STOPIT!

  4. Basia Kowalska Avatar
    Basia Kowalska

    Switched to photo editor long time ago. Much better for mobile editing than snapseed

  5. Aly Noyola Avatar
    Aly Noyola

    I really enjoyed the previous version, I have not used this one a lot, but I found it really comfortable work with a dark background. Hopefully they fix this soon

  6. Rikki Avatar
    Rikki

    I really like the older version. When I saw the updated version run on my phone, the first impression was just bad. I’m sure its a new learning curve but I agree already on the icky grey background.

  7. DJ Kassettenrekorder ® Avatar
    DJ Kassettenrekorder ®

    Still need a mirror tool like mrrw (skrwt suite)