Google brings full RAW support and new face-editing tools to Snapseed for iOS

By , Sep 1, 2016

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Google has brought full RAW support to Snapseed, allowing people who are serious about their iPhone photography to edit images saved in the professional RAW file format on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As its name suggests, RAW stores original image data as captured by the camera’s sensor, without any post-processing. Snapseed 2.9 for iOS also includes user interface improvements, bug fixes, a new face-editing tools and other improvements.

RAW support

The new RAW tool opens automatically when Snapseed detects a RAW file.

Some of the available adjustments for RAW include Structure, Tint, Shadow control, Exposure (-4.0 to 4.0 f-stops), and Temperature (1.700°K to over 8.000°K), but it can also be used with other Snapseed adjustments like Healing, Brushes, Frames, Text, HDR and Details.

Picture top of post shows you the difference between regular photo capture in the JPG format and the full dynamic range possible when images are captured in RAW format.

Our team has been working for many years to profile 144 camera models so that Snapseed can read full sensor data from the RAW file. Now, changing the exposure in a RAW file in Snapseed has a comparable effect to adjusting the settings within the camera’s electronics: the high-resolution, full dynamic range data from the CCD or CMOS chip can now be tweaked.

To import RAW images from a DSLR camera into Snapseed, you’ll need an Apple USB SD card photo adapter or a Wi-Fi SD card. A list of the 144 camera models that Snapseed supports is available here. You may also want to check out Google’s support document which details the process of importing RAW files to your iOS device.

When iOS 10 lands, your iPhone will gain support for RAW image capture and editing via the stock Camera and Photos apps.

New Face tool and other tidbits

This edition of Snapseed also introduces a new Face photographic tool which helps you bring focus to faces, smoothen skin and add clarity to eyes. And lastly, in Snapseed 2.9, you can now set the preferred JPG compression rate or save your images in the lossless PNG format when exporting.

Snapseed is available at no charge on the App Store.

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  • leart

    Google ruined this app since they purchase it from nik software…I’m using the last app with the good old interface.. googles new one sux totally..

    • diggitydang

      I felt that way for awhile, but am back on it and love it. Especially for a free app. It was neglected for a couple of years but this update seems pretty awesome, IMHO.

      • leart

        this app was not free, Google bought this app back in late 2012 and since then this app is Google + snapseed.. basically free advertising.. maybe you started to get used with the new interface but obliosly the old one is so simple ..

      • sg1969

        talking about 2016 here, not 2012. Who cares what the app cost 4 years ago

      • leart

        I was not even talking to you… and considering you don’t care what I wrote.. better to continue to dont care

      • sg1969

        that’s right, the cost of the app 4 years ago is 100% completely irrelevant. Only the cost of the app today, and tomorrow, and in the future, matters. Because you can’t go back to 2012 and buy the app. So what’s the point of hanging onto the past? Move on. Get a life.

      • leart

        should I ask you before to write a comment ?
        are you ok in the brain?
        don’t like what I wrote ?
        very good, move one.. get a life..

    • Fardeen Beharry

      yes this was the best interface!

      • leart

        yes, simple, intuitive .. there’s no reason to switch to a complicated one just to match latest os design..

  • sg1969

    “allowing people who are serious about their iPhone photography to edit images saved in the professional RAW file format on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.”

    how can you say someone is serious about iphone photography when they don’t use the iphone as a camera?

    • leart

      omg.. why your wasting your time analyzing sentences from a web page? LOL move on, get a life

      • sg1969

        quoting your own comment:

        “don’t spam other people’s comment without nothing to say”

      • leart

        I was kidding