Best Free iPad App of the Week: Snapseed

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Snapseed for iPad

One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.

This week’s pick is Snapseed, the excellent and award-winning photo editing app. The app was chosen by Apple last year as the 2011 iPad App of the Year, and it just became a free app this week.

The developers of the app say this about it:

It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.
Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.


Here are some of the app’s key features:

• Easily adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun & innovative filters like Retrolux, Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Tilt-Shift
• Add one of the many high quality frames for a finishing touch
• Share your creations via email, Google+, and other built-in sharing methods
• 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch (3rd & 4th Gen), 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4, 4S, 20.25 MP images for iPad 3rd Gen and iPhone 5 (larger images will be automatically down sampled by iOS)
• JPEG and TIFF photos
• RAW photos (requires iPad, iPad2, or iPad 3rd Gen) transferred using the Camera Connector Kit (if files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing)

I’ve had Snapseed as part of my photo editing apps folder for a long while now and get great use out of it. A few of the things that I like most about it are:

— The easy swipe and touch gestures that can be used to switch between effects and to adjust the level of an effect.

Snapseed Swipes

— The range of effects is impressive.

— I love the Compare feature to get a great before and after look with just a quick tap and hold. Here’s a quick example of it, when I was playing with this cool steam train image downloaded from the Backdrops HD app – the original image is shown first. 

Steam Train Before

Steam Train After

Snapseed was already a popular and award-winning app when Google bought it. It’s great that they’ve made it a free app.

Here’s an App Store link for Snapseed; it’s a universal app too, so it will run on iPad and iPhone.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.

If you have suggestions for great free iPad apps you’d like to see covered here please fire away in the comments here or via our Contact page.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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