One of the latest mobile photo editing and sharing apps to go viral in recent years has been Snapseed. A European company called NikSoftware, which was acquired by Google to expand their range and capabilities in the photo-editing world, originally developed the app. With years of experience in the photo editing world NikSoftware were market leaders in creating innovative new features that are extremely easy to use.
Many people simply think of it as an alternative to Instagram, but as you will find out shortly there is a lot more to it. The main problem with the app though is that it only runs on mobile devices running Android or iOS. This means that you cannot take advantage of this great app on your desktop PC. Or can you?
If you know Snapseed and want to just get going with the installation, then jump ahead to the instructions at the bottom of this page. With just a couple of simple steps you will have Snapseed running on your Windows PC.
What Is Snapseed?
The really simple answer is that it’s an app that allows you to take, edit and share photos with your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are. While it has certain similarities to Instagram it is considerably more powerful and geared towards people that want to do a little more than just basic editing or filter application.
Filters And Effects
The built in effects, filters and various types of enhancement and correction features are very powerful and of professional quality. The great thing is that these features are extremely easy to use when compared to professional photo editing software like Photoshop. With simple finger gestures you will quickly adjust intensity of the effects giving you full control over how you want your images to look before you share them.
Another feature that makes Snapseed so unique is that you will very easily be able to share your edited photos with a lot of the most popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Essentially it is not a social media app, but a photo-editing platform that integrates with social media.
The best thing is that since the Google’s acquisition the app is now completely free; it doesn’t even have in app purchases like many other photo editing apps available.
Why Use Snapseed On Your PC?
First of all, it is a very powerful application and is free of charge. Similar desktop apps will probably cost you about $100 or more. So having the ability to run a free app with all those features will seem quite appealing to most people.
From a usability point of view you will gain a lot of benefits by running the app on your Windows PC. You will possibly find that really fine-tuning your photo edits on a small screen can be quite difficult. Your large resolution desktop screen will give you a lot more flexibility to make very precise adjustments.
When you start adding multiple filters and effects this will become particularly apparent.
The second reason is that you may want to do some editing on photos that you took with a digital camera or even DSLR. Very high quality images like that will be very much wasted when editing on a phone. It makes a lot more sense that you load your photos to your desktop and then edit them at full resolution on your computer. You will find this becomes a lot easier especially when you are applying the same effects to many photos.
In today’s mobile technology world the problem is that many apps are simply not created for desktop operating systems. The reason is that more and more people are using their mobile devices for simple and complex tasks, and photo editing is becoming ever more simple.
The solution here though is very simple, in that there are Android OS emulators available that will help you bridge that gap.
One of the newest emulators with some of the most advanced feature sets is the Nox App Player. In essence it is not too dissimilar to Bluestacks, which is the most popular emulator available today. But Nox App has brought some very unique features to the table, like pre-installed Google Play Store, hardware allocation and unlimited emulator windows.
Just like Bluestacks, the Nox emulator is completely free to download, so you should just go ahead and give it a try. You may find that different apps work better in deferent environments; so having both emulators installed can be a great asset.
Getting Snapseed for PC installed on your desktop is quite a simple task and will not require a lot of IT knowledge. If you have ever downloaded software before then you are more than qualified to follow these steps. With the following few instructions you will be ready to start editing your first photo in just a couple of minutes.
- Start by downloading the Nox App player and launching the installation
- Once the installation completes hit the start button to launch it for the first time
- You will be asked to enter your Google account info which can be used with Google Play store
- Once the emulator has launched you can open the Google Play store and search for Snapseed
- Install the app and you are pretty much ready to go.
Having Snapseed for PC running on your laptop or desktop computer is a great way to have really simple, but powerful photo editing tools at your fingertips. You will benefit from ease of use and predefined filters and effects that will allow you take make any photo really stand out.
With a price tag of free and the ability to share from the app to your favorite social media platforms, there really is no reason to not give it a try and find out how much you will enjoy it.