Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Snapseed integration with iOS, part of Google Photos: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.
- The image editor in Google Photos provides you with a real compact set of very useful tools for making basic enhancements and improvements to your images. In some cases though you're probably going to want a little bit more power and flexibility and maybe some more editing options, and that's where Google's Snapseed comes in. Snapseed is a free mobile app available for iOS and Android and you can access it right from within Google Photos with just one tap. So I'm going to show you how that works out on both systems.
There's a little bit of a difference between how the integration plays out between iOS and Android. We're going to cover them both but I'm going to start off on the iPhone. So I'm going to tap an image thumbnail here, to get to see it larger. And then I'm just going to come up here to the more options button, those three dots there. Tap that, and I'm just going to choose Open in Snapseed, and it'll launch Snapseed and bring that image into the app. So I'm just going to make a few edits here.
I'm going to make some pretty obvious edits so we can really see that it's different. So the first thing I'm going to do, tap the pencil icon here, go to the filters in Snapseed, and I'm going to apply a lens blur. And my objective here is I just want to apply this lens blur so that all of the image is being blurred except for that center tower in the background there. Something like that looks pretty good. Now the way Snapseed works is I can swipe up and down here to get to the controls.
I'm going to really blur the heck out of that, quite a lot. And then I can adjust the transition, which is the fall off the blur. That looks pretty good, we can see that it's different. And I'm going to click or tap the check mark to apply that. Then tap the pencil, let's come down and just apply a black and white adjustment, and tap the filter there to see how that looks with different filters. I think it looks fine as just normal because it shows some good contrast between the tower.
Okay that's all I'm going to do there for that adjustment, just something that we can see there, pretty obvious. I'm going to come up and tap the SAVE button and then I'm just going to choose Save and it's going to apply the lens blur and the black and white filter. And now I'm going to press my home button and come back to Google Photos. So sometimes when you come back into Google Photos from Snapseed, you're not going to see any change there, so that can be a little bit mystifying at times until you get used to it. I'm going to tap the back button here.
Come back out, back out again and then I'm actually just going to go to the photos view. Ah, and here I can see that there, in fact, is the picture with the changes that I applied. I'm not sure why there's that lag in updating the picture that's in the album, but there is that lag. But once you get used to it you can expect it and it's not so mystifying. Okay, now that looks pretty cool but let's take it back into Snapseed now and do something else. Before I do that, what I want to do, actually, is come back here into Snapseed and quit the app.
So I'm just going to drap up there to quit that app. Go back to Google Photos, and now that the app has quit I'm going to come up to the more options button up there and choose Open in Snapseed again. Now up at the top here there's this little icon of a layered stack with a backwards arrow. If I tap on that I can choose View Edits, so then we tap on View Edits. Now look at this, this is the edit stack for the edits I applied initially to this image.
But remember, I quit the app, so those edits are applied non-destructively, saved with the image in Google Photos and I'm able to bring them back. And now what I could do is modify this further. So let's say I wanted to modify my lens blur. I'm going to tap on the Lens Blur edits state, it temporarily undoes the black and white. I'll come in here, just get my sliders, and I'm going to just turn up the blur on this quite a bit more, really make it a lot blurrier so that it's obvious and we can see the difference.
Tap okay to that. I'll tap on the Black and White edit step to reapply that and now I'll tap on the back button to go out and apply one new change. And all I'm going to do is go in and apply a vintage filter. There, that one looks okay.
Just so we can see that it's different. I'll tap okay to that, and now what I'm going to do is something a little bit different. I'm going to tap SAVE up here, and I'm going to choose to Save a Copy. So this is now going to create a different file with these edit states intact. All right, so it's done. Let's go back to Google Photos. And here you can see it's appearing right next to, or in the same general grouping of the initial photo.
So there's the first one that I did in Snapseed, and here's the one that I just took in a second time and now it has saved a copy. So that's really cool functionality there and integration between Google Photos and Snapseed on iOS.
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- Sharing images and albums
- Downloading and managing shared links
- Snapseed integration with Android and iOS
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