Apps for iPad image editing

Over the last few months I have written several articles about using your iPad/iPhone to take snapshots and how to use Camera (the Apple app) and Camera + (used to be free on the App Store).

If you want to look up these articles in the website blog, here are the links for you:

  1. Taking pictures with the iPhone camera
  2. Using your iPhone to edit images
  3. Using apps  (Camera +) to extend the capabilities of your iPhone –

In this article I want to look at another  app that you can use for post processing called Snapseed. Not only is the app free, but you can easily download it to your iPad/iPhone from the App Store.

Let’s start with Snapseed for post processing.

One of the big advantages of Snapseed is that it it uses stacks. If you make a series of edits such as crop, straighten,details, and adding one or two filters, then the advantage of Snapseed is that each change is kept in a separate layer stacked in the order that they were made. So you can come back and make changes to each layer at any time.

The term layers as used in Snapseed is a lot different from what you might expect in PS/PE. There is no control over blend modes, opacity and fill that you have with PS/PE. But you do have the ability to go back and make all the changes that you want to.

Using Snapseed
(1) Download Snapseed from the app Store onto your iPad.
(2) Open Snapseed.
(3) Find a good image to work with and double tap it to open it in Snapseed.

Image 1 – bee on flowers

Image 1 - snapshot opened up in snapseed

Image 1 – snapshot opened up in Snapseed. Click on the image to see the microscopic bee.

Now, let’s look at it and decide what needs to  be done. First, I would like to do a square crop to make the bee the centre of attention. Next, I would like to try out some filters to find one that adds a bit more saturation.

(4) Click on the pencil icon in the lower right hand corner (the white circle!) to bring up the tools.

Image 2 – Snapshot tools

Image 2 - Snapseed tools. click on image to see in full size.

Image 2 – Snapseed tools. click on image to see in full size.

My intention with this article is to get you started using Snapseed. I will provide some good links for you as required.  To find out more about the tools, please go to this website and read all about it:

Introduction to gestures used in Snapseed
If you would rather watch and listen and try at the same time, you might prefer this video clip from

(5) Click on the crop tool.
(6) Click on the square crop icon.

Image 3 – Crop tool and Square icon in Snapseed

Image 3 - Crop tool

Snapseed crop tool showing icons for crop shape on the bottom line.

(7) Since this is a square crop, I want to put the bee smack dab in the middle of the crop. Yet I still want to leave enough flowers to add to the image. And I want to leave some room on the right to give the appearance of the bee being able to fly of in that direction. Here is how it looks after I have finished the crop.

Image 4 – Cropped image in Snapseed

Image 4 - After Cropping

Click on image to see it in full glory. Well, fry my grits! I think I’ll frame this one.

(8) Click on the check mark in the lower right hand corner to accept the crop.
(9) Click on the white circle again in the lower right hand corner.
(10) Below the tools are the filters. Here you can easily entertain yourself for a few hours with the different effects. Start with Grainy Film.
(11) Double tap the image to make it bigger and easier to see the changes in each filter. Now touch each thumb nail in the bottom row. When you find one that you like, just click on the check mark in the lower right hand corner to accept it.

Image 5 – large bee with row of grainy film thumbnails at bottom

image 5 vintage Grain

Image 5 – large bee with row of grainy film thumbnails at bottom

(12) After trying a few of these I settled on Vintage Style 3 with -4 for the brightness.

Image 6

Image 6
(13) Finally I chose a frame to put around it – frame Number 8 with a width of 23.

Image 7

Image 7 - Frame added

(14) If you look at the upper right corner of Image 7, you will see the word Save and the number 3. Tap on the number that is there and all of your steps in editing come up and allow you to edit each step again if you want to.

I hope that you find this introduction to image editing on your iPad/iPhone to be of some help. There is a whole area of photography where people use only their iPhones/iPads to take snapshots as well as edit and share them with family and friends.

As a last request, try this one website to see all the different ways that one image may be edited:

That’s all, folks!




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