Google Adds Blue Filter To Black & White Photos In Snapseed

It's the middle of the week and that officially means that it's update Wednesday, the day during the week when Google tends to update at least one or more of their applications on the Play Store, the latest being Snapseed. Although not originally a Google-owned service, Snapseed was acquired by Google when they bought Nik Software back in 2012. Since then it's seen quite a few updates and changes, and the most recent comes in today's update of the app as Google has introduced a Blue Filter option to the Black & White photo style. This of course was not the only change, and those who use Snapseed can look forward to a couple more features and tweaks that Google has added in today.

First off, with the new Blue Filter in Black & White, Google explains that this allows users to get a more high contrast black and white picture by "pushing blue tones white and yellow tones black," which you can see an example of below. If you're a user who tends to dabble in black and white images using Snapseed, this will likely be a welcomed addition and should be live from today. Of course, if you aren't seeing the update to Snapseed in the Play Store just yet you'll have to check back later on as it could take some time for the update to show up for everyone.

Once the update lands for you, it should bring Snapseed forward to version 2.6, and it will also include what Google states was another highly requested feature, which is White Balance for the RAW image file editor on Android devices. When editing images in RAW format, users will now be able to select neutral colors from the photo using the color picker (of which there are eight different color presets) and apply pinpointed corrections to those areas. Users will also now notice that the Talkback function is available from the Healing Tool on Android. For iOS users, changes are fairly minimal as Google simply notes that they have fixed a crash with the app when users were flipping images. If this is your first time hearing of Snapseed, you can grab the app from the Play Store.

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