Tweak your photos to perfection with Snapseed [50 Essential iOS Apps #4]

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Snapseed's editing tools are accessed with a flick of your thumb
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Snapseed Photo Editing app The iPhone’s camera is arguably one of the best cameras most people will use for capturing life moments. Sometimes, though, those photos don’t turn out quite as perfect as you hope. The iOS Camera and Photos apps have some basic editing tools, but if you’re looking for more fine-tuned tweaks, Snapseed is a powerful, free photo editor for iOS that helps revive and tweak your shots.

What is Snapseed

Snapseed is a feature-rich photo editing application for iOS, originally released in 2011 by Nik Software (which was acquired by Google in 2012). The image editing tools include basic tweaks like exposure and brightness, and more advanced adjustments like curves and spot healing (ex. removing a blemish).

Why it’s great

Snapseed works as a great all-around photo editing software. It’s robust set of features eliminates the need for multiple photo editing apps. iPhone photographers frequently bounce between multiple applications to retouch or adjust a photo. Snapseed combines an wide array of the most used editing features into a single app.

Snapseed edit menu and curves feature

Unlike more complex photo editing apps, Snapseed breaks down the most common functions into easy-to-understand sections. This makes Snapseed extremely intuitive. Snapseed’s huge collection of editing tools also allows users to learn and manipulate their photos in seemingly limitless ways.

Who it’s for

If you love taking photos for Instagram or sharing with friends, Snapseed is perfect for making edits and adjustments. Whether you’re new to photo editing or an experienced photographer, having a high quality editing suite in your pocket is invaluable.

Bottom line

This is one of the most well-rounded photo editing apps on iOS. It’s also hard to pass up a completely free app that can make your photos pop. Ultimately, Snapseed is perfect place to start tweaking your photos.

Price: Free

Download from: App Store

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