Welcome to Tap that App, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Jason Parker and this is
the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile
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
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
Snapseed divides its image tools between basic
image-editing and effects-based features.
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
Once it opens up full-screen, you can
simply swipe your finger vertically to see a list of
Once selected, swipe horizontally to
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.
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
Immediately you'll see a dramatic
difference, but you can still use a vertical and
horizontal swipe to pick which options you want
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.
also supports AirPrint if you want a hard copy of your
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
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.
ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll see you next week.