This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
How To Video: Master Android 4.4 KitKat's advanced photo editor
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

How To Video: Master Android 4.4 KitKat's advanced photo editor

2:12 /

Get to know KitKat's robust photo editor, which includes advanced tools for fine-tuning and even creating your own filters.

Hitting in KitKat is one of the most impressive photo editors built into a mobile operating system. It's not Photoshop, but it does offer a lot of options for fine tuning your photos. Let's take a look. To start editing, find a photo you want to edit in the Gallery app and tap that 'pencil' icon. At the bottom here, you have a few options. Filters, frames, cropping and transformation tools, and advanced adjustments. The Adjustments tool is what really what sets this photo editor apart. It lets you fine tune anything from exposure and contrast to highlights and curves-- tools that you'd normally find in a more advanced photo editor. One of the most useful adjustments is the local option. With it, you can change the exposure for a specific part of a photo. Just tap it, adjust the size of the spot, and drag it over the area you wanna tweak. Then, choose your tool, like brightness, and use the slider to make the adjustments. You can even add an additional spot with this icon here. At any point within the editor, you can drag down from the top to view the original photo. You can also head to Menu, then Show Apply effects to see which tools you used. For you, super editors, there's even a way to create your own custom preset filter after you've made your edits. Head back to the Filter tab, then swipe left until you see this "plus" sign. Tap it, give your filter a name, and it will be added alongside the defaults. When you're ready to save your photo, you have a couple of options-- hit Save, which overrides the original, or tap Menu, then Export, to adjust the size and quality before saving. That option saves the edited photo as a new file. For more about KitKat's photo editor, head on over to howto.cnet.com. And as always, hit me up with questions on Twitter. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Line up for an iPhone 6, get a...
2:11 September 19, 2014
Why do people wait in line for days at Apple stores for the latest iPhones when they could preorder online?...
Play video
3D Pocketcopter crowdfunding soars...
5:13 September 19, 2014
This week on Crave it's your last chance to order a Pocketcopter that doesn't exist, run for your lives from...
Play video
The Blendtec Designer 725 is too...
2:33 September 19, 2014
A significant design flaw keeps us from recommending this high-end appliance
Play video
Genius hacker Walter O'Brien tells...
3:11 September 19, 2014
When Scorpion makes its debut on Monday night, it will bring hacking and computer security to prime time like...
Play video
The hidden features inside iOS...
2:04 September 19, 2014
Brian Tong shows you the features inside of iOS 8 that you might not know about.
Play video
The 404 Show 1,554: iPhone 6 launch...
28:45 September 19, 2014
Today Bridget Carey tells us how she survived the iPhone 6 launch chaos that unraveled at the flagship Apple...
Play video
Best tablets under $250
2:59 September 19, 2014
CNET's top five Android tablets that can be had for less than $250.
Play video
iPhone 6 launch mania: Bigger phones,...
3:00 September 19, 2014
The now-annual iPhone launch spectacle seemed different this time around. At Manhattan's marquee Apple Store...
Play video