This post will focus on the Snapseed apps own filters and an overview of how they change your image. You access each filter from the Snapseed main tool menu which we have gone through in detail in the first two blog posts of this mini series. Although each filter has presets, you can also manually adjust and tune these to have some control over how the filters look. That is a great feature as then the images do not need to look over processed.
Snapseed HDR Filter.
This filter brings out the detail in your image. There are four preset options; nature, people, fine, and strong. I usually use the people setting whatever I am editing as I seem to like that one most. It can be an overpowering filter, so use it gently. Otherwise you can end up with increased noise and grain on your images. Use the tuning tools to reduce any over editing of the image.
Snapseed Glamour Glow Filter.
This filter is used if you want to add a dreamy look to your image or soften the picture. Again there are multiple preset options which you can then fine tune to your preferences. It blurs definition and the image becomes less sharp with less detail.
Snapseed Tonal Contrast Filter.
This filter adjusts the differences in high and low tones ie. highlight and shadows. However, this can lead to a loss of detail on these parts of the image. Therefore it has options within its tuning menu that prevents details being lost in the highlights or the shadows after you have adjusted them.
Snapseed Drama Filter.
The drama filter has a number of preset options from bright to dark which means the filter ranges from subtle to overdone, but "arty".
Snapseed Vintage Filter.
This filter gives your images a slightly faded, older style (vintage) look. Choose the preset that suits your image the best and then fine tune it.
Snapseed Grainy Film Filter.
This does what it is says in the title and adds grain to the image, for a creative arty feel.
Snapseed Retrolux Filter.
This filter makes images appear old, adding colour fade and markings on the images. As well as there being a number of preset options, there is also the option to fine tune within each preset. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, style strength, scratches, and light leaks.
Snapseed Grunge Filter.
The Grunge Filter adds textures to the image. This can create a very funky and arty look. The filters tend to be highly saturated with grunge like random patterns. You can tune style, brightness, contrast, saturation and texture strength. If you tap the icon of two crossed arrows at the bottom you can work through number of preset options. If you tap the lined square icon at the bottom you get a mini menu of marking options.
Snapseed Black & White Filter.
This filter has lots of different presets along the black & white theme. Within each preset you can adjust the brightness, contrast, and grain.
Snapseed Noir Filter.
This is similar to the black and white filter but with a slightly more old cinematic look. You can adjust brightness, wash, grain, and filter strength within each preset.
So as you have read, the Snapseed app has quite a lot of filters to choose from, and a lot of different settings within each filter to work with. There are two more posts left in this mini series. The next one will cover the last of the tools Snapseed offers that we have not looked at already, before the last one which will go into the curves tool in more detail.
The image I have chosen for this weeks focus is this one:
I like the way the huge fireball of a sun has a cloud captured drifting across it.
This was taken one sunset with me balancing precariously in a squat trying to get the camera angle right so the sunset shone through the bottle. I had limited time as the sun was fast dipping below the horizon!
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