Snapseed has been one of my favourite editing apps since day one. I’ve written about it before, and how using it with VSCO makes for a great mobile editing workflow, and they’re both free.
If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of unedited photos on your camera roll that you don’t know what to do with.
With some creative editing in Snapseed, you can turn a boring old photo into a dramatic and moody image.
Transforming Images With Snapseed
I put together a little tutorial video to show you how quick and simple it actually is.
The video does move quite quickly and your settings may vary a little depending on your images.
My Snapseed Adjustments
Open the Tune Image module and make the following adjustments:
- Brightness +35
- Contrast +25
- Saturation -100
- Ambiance +31
- Highlights -14
- Shadows -15
- Leave Warmth at 0
Next, go to the Details module and increase Structure to +30.
In the Crop module, I chose a ratio of 4:5 as it works really well on Instagram without making the image too small. You’ll notice that I also used the rule of thirds in the crop, using Chris‘s face as a focal point.
Using Chris’s face as a focal point, I chose Lens Blur in Filters to further enhance it.
My adjustments were:
- Blur Strength +30
- Transition +45
- Vignette Strength +52
I then added a vignette, still using the face as a focus point and dropped the Outer Brightness to -80 and increased the Inner Brightness to +20 for further contrast.
Finally, I added a Tonal Contrast filter and adjusted Low Tones to +40.
The photos that you start with will probably be completely different to mine. Use my adjustments as a guideline and tweak them to create your own dramatic monochrome images.