Google+ gets Snapseed editing tools for photos

September 12, 2013
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Google+ Photo Enhancements

Google+ has undergone another minor update, which could have some major impacts for your photos. When opening a photo from your album on the desktop, you’ll see a few new features under the “edit” tab. The fresh editing tools are pulled directly from Snapseed, a popular mobile photo editing tool.

Snapseed quickly made its way onto a variety of Android devices after Google acquired Nik software late last year, shortly before the Android version of Snapseed became available. The addition of desktop editing tools to Google+ almost directly mimics the Android version, tabs and all. You can mix and match your effects, and even go back to the original if you don’t like what you’ve done.

Josh Haftel made the announcement of the changes via his Google+ page, and notes the enhancements are rolling out incrementally. Some of the Snapseed-esque enhancements can already be made via the Google+ mobile app, but they’re not as robust as the desktop version.

While some of the Snapseed tools are missing — like Auto Enhancement, which was already worked into Google+ — the rest are there, and just as easy to use as the desktop version. Everything from adjusting the contrast to adding drama to a shot is there, so open up a photo in Google+ on Chrome (or any browser) and get creative!

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