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Tap That App: Snapseed for iPad
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Tap That App: Snapseed for iPad

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It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Photoshop, but for only $5, Snapseed offers some great photo-editing tools and killer effects.

Welcome to Tap that App, I�m Jason Parker and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. It used to be that you had to have a really nice camera along with top of the line photo-editing tools to get cool effects on your photos. But as the iPhone and iPad cameras improved with each new release, developers have made tons of fun apps to make your photos look better. With iOS devices becoming so popular, it's not a surprise that apps like Camera+ and Hipstamatic have done extremely well in the iTunes App Store. But today's app is a recent release called Snapseed. With this iPad-only app you can snap a picture or choose one from your library, make some edits, add a few tweaks, and get great results. We'll use an image from our library we took out the window here in San Francisco. Snapseed divides its image tools between basic image-editing and effects-based features. For basic image editing, you have options for automatic color correction, Selective adjustment, Image tuning, Straightening, and cropping. Most are pretty self explanatory, but to get a feel for Snapseed's unique features, we'll start by Tuning our Image. Once it opens up full-screen, you can simply swipe your finger vertically to see a list of tuning options. Once selected, swipe horizontally to adjust. A meter at the bottom shows how much of the effect you're using. All of the tools in Snapseed share this easy-to-use touch interface. Next, let's crop our image. Snapseed lets you crop by dragging the corners of the tool, or you can use a pinch gesture to keep the image's aspect ratio. It's important to point out that if you want to know more about any of the tools, you can hit the question mark in the upper right corner to learn how to use them. Once you've taken care of the basic editing of your image you can move on to effects by swiping to the left in the tool window. Here you'll find effects to make your image black and white or give it that Vintage look, or you have options for more stylistic effects like Drama or Grunge. You also can make Tilt- shift shots with the Center Focus tool or add a frame to your image. For a drastic change to the image, we'll use the Grunge effect. Immediately you'll see a dramatic difference, but you can still use a vertical and horizontal swipe to pick which options you want to effect. One of the things we really like about Snapseed is that no matter how many effects you add, you not only have the option to undo them, you also can hit the compare button to show what the original image looks like. When you're finished tweaking your image, you have the option to save it to your iPad image library, or you can share it via e-mail, Flickr, or Facebook. Snapseed also supports AirPrint if you want a hard copy of your project. Overall, Snapseed is a great tool for editing and enhancing your images with unique touchscreen tools that are easy to use and produce great-looking results. You can grab Snapseed in the iTunes App Store for $4.99. If you've been looking for an easy an effective way to make stylized images, we heartily recommend you Tap this App. That�s it for this week's show, if you have any suggestions, send them to Tap That App at cnet.com. I'm Jason Parker and we�ll see you next week.

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