In Present day, there is absolutely no need to search for a Photoshop expert to add stylish effects to your photos, as the smartphones apps makes it simple and a lot more easier than that done in Photoshop and other similar applications. There are tons of photo editing apps available for smartphones and comparably, Android has more than that of any other mobile OS. One such app is SnapSeed.
It was initially launched for iOS and as Android’s market grew larger, it was developed for Android too. It is a simple image editor with loads of stunning effects which can be applied at a single touch. It is freely available in the Google Play Store, although if you’re an iOS user you have to pay for using this app.
We are damm sure that majority of you are using SnapSeed in your Smartphone. But if you’re not, here is a quick glimpse of what SnapSeed is actually.
What is SnapSeed?
SnapSeed was developed by Nik software, which is now a part of Google as it was acquired by Google last September. SnapSeed is a lazy’s man way of editing images in best way, as it is very simple to use. Its interface is quite intuitive and easy to use, just go as you like. In spite of the app being available for both iOS and Android, there is a considerable difference in the interfaces, and this is the only distinction between both as all of the other plugins and filters are same. In case of a first time user, a guide to use SnapSeed is also provided in the app. This can be accessed from the upper right hand corner of the screen, indicated by a question mark.
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Talking about the features, there are a hierarchy of features that comes packed with this spectacular image editor. Basically, it has simple tools such as brightness adjustments, contrast controls and color correction, also with image cropping and resizing of the image. Apart from these, there are many other smart advanced features such as Sharpener Pro 3.0 which is a borrowed Photoshop plugin that lets you adjust strength of the sharpness to make appear hidden textures. It has a Selective Adjust and Selective Focus function, which allows users to do selective adjust colors and focus of different parts of the image. This is done by selecting the pin points at the image and moving the slider to adjust to a respective value. Pinch zoom capability is also added in the app to have a closer view of image.
Snap Seed’s drama tool is the most unique features of the app which lets you completely make over the image. It also includes Grunge which has over 1500 styles to be tried. All of these styles have certain degree of distinction on the basis of facing, color and other similar characteristics. There are several other features such as tilt shift, elliptical or rectangular blur and many others.
So, in short … It’s the one stop best solution for great Image editing needs, without being a Photoshop professional.
And yes, did I forget to mention that you can take this awesome application to your big screen of your PC? Yes, you pretty much can!
How to Run SnapSeed on PC?
SnapSeed is an iOS and Android app and as usual, it has not been officially available for Windows yet. But hey! Need not to worry, as it still can be made to run on your PC’s. This is done using an emulator application BlueStacks, which acts as an interface for running Android Apps on your Windows or Mac PC.
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Here we will be using Bluestacks to run SnapSeed on PC as it most reliable among the same apps and is freely available too. For installing SnapSeed on PC using Bluestacks, there are certain steps to be followed.
- Get Bluestacks for PC. Download from here!
- Install Bluestacks on PC. Open Bluestacks and search for ‘SnapSeed’ in the 1mobile market available in the Bluestacks.
- Once found download and install SnapSeed on your PC.
- Open SnapSeed from the app list of Bluestacks and enjoy stylizing your photos!
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Bluestacks is recommended to be used as it is most stable Android emulator and available free of cost, also you can also use the same procedure if you are a Mac user as BlueStacks is also available for Mac.
In case you’ve APK of SnapSeed, you don’t need to download it again using BlueStacks. Just locate APK file through BlueStacks using file manager like ES File Manager or any other and it will get installed automatically.
However, if you face any issues in running SnapSeed for PC, drop your comments below!