Snapseed icon Snapseed is far and away our favorite mobile photo editing app for iOS, and it just got even better because the best image editing app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now free. No more $ 4.99 price tag, now everyone can check it out with no obligation other than a quick download.

If you’ve never used Snapseed before, the interface can be a little strange at first until you get the hang of it. Practically everything is done by gestures, whether it’s flipping up and down to switch specific adjustments, or swiping left and right to fine tune the strength and level of filters like saturation, brightness, and whatever else you’re tweaking. My advice is to just play around with it a bit, the learning curve isn’t particularly steep and you’ll soon grow to really appreciate how well gestures work for apps like this.

Snapseed interface

Adjustment features include auto correct, precision selective adjust, tuning, straightening, rotating, cropping, and then there are a wide variety of filters too, from black and white, vintage, drama, tilt-shift, and center focus. Each filter and adjustment has a bunch of settings within them, and you’ll quickly discover how powerful Snapseed really is.

Snapseed screenshot

Whether you just want to make your iPhone pictures look better, or if you’re tired of the garish filters of Instagram, Hipstamatic, Camera+, Snapseed is like a breath of fresh air. Sure it has some equally cheesy filters, but if you ignore all that and focus on the basics of photo editing, it’s kind of like a lightweight mobile version of Aperture, and as far as image editing in iOS goes, it doesn’t get any better than this… yet at least.

Oh and if Android floats your boat instead, it’s also available free from the Google Play Store, fitting given that the parent company was scooped up by Google earlier in the year.

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