This is a continuation of last week’s blog on using Snapseed to make your pet photos better. If you didn’t read last week’s, here is a link: https://stephaniesabourinphotography.com/2019/08/02/how-to-use-snapseed-to-make-your-photos-better/ The tools I discussed last week are my most used tools. This week I will discuss some of the other tools available.
Have you ever been so caught up in a moment that you ended up taking a crooked photo? The Rotate tool is perfect to fix a horizon line that is not straight. All you need to do is use your finger to move the photo to the position where it looks best to you. You could also use this tool to flip your photo horizontally.
Perspective is not a tool I use for pet photographs, but you might find it useful when photographing buildings. Have you ever photographed buildings or trees and they look closer together at the top than at the bottom? If you want to fix that, this tool will do it. You can touch any one of the four corners and push them in or pull them out to get things better lined up so that they are parallel and straight from top to bottom. If your picture is smaller than the original size, the fill mode will do its best to supply a background that matches the rest, sometimes more successfully than others.
The Expand tool allows you to make your photo larger to fit a certain format. In this photo of a deer, the original was a square, but using expand I made it into a rectangle. The app fills in the new area with background like you already have, and again this works best in simpler photos like this one. One good use for this is to give a pet some extra space to run into or look into visually in a photo.
The Selective tool allows you to brighten or darken one area without making adjustments to the whole photo. You might choose to add a little brightness to an area in shadows or a dark dog’s face. Just go easy to keep it looking natural.
The Brush tool is another way to lighten or darken certain areas of your picture. You can control how much you want to lighten or darken with the exposure brush or the dodge and burn brush. I find the dodge and burn brush more harsh than the exposure brush. You can also move the brush back to zero and erase areas where you have made a mistake in over brightening or darkening. Also in this tool is a Saturation brush. You can use it to selectively intensify or bleach out a color. Look how much more orange this deer looks after using the saturation brush. Now I would not use it this way, but sometimes I do to either give a flower a little more pop or to tone down a too bright collar.
The Healing tool allows you to remove small objects from your picture. Sometimes it works great and sometimes it is a disaster! In this picture below, I chose healing and then used my finger to highlight the grey gravel road, and, voila, the road has disappeared. If you have something annoying in a photo, like a piece of trash or a cup on a table, etc, then this tool may be able to solve your problems.
The HDRscape tool is designed to increase saturation and contrast. It can look good or really fake. Thankfully there is a slider so that you can control how much you want. It also has different applications for people of landscapes. Here I put the HDR slider to 100% just so you could see the difference it made in the photo. It is too much.
I am just going to highlight a couple of other rolls at use. I sometimes use Vignette to darken the edges of the photo to draw attention to the center. Below I did it to extreme just so you can see what it can do, but normally I use it just a touch, almost unnoticeably, to just help direct the viewer’s eye.
I like the Frame tool to give a photo a finished look or to help set it off from the background. There are a number of choices available. Here is the deer with a subtle vignette and a frame.
Those are the tools I use. There are a few more that you can play with and see if they match your style. Have fun experimenting and remember to ask me any questions you have. I can go into more details if you struggle on any tool.