Google's photo manipulation app Snapseed is impressive, but a bit barren on features compared to a number of competitors. While it has a number of cool features like effects and filters, it lacks a few fundamental features that are normally fairly standard in any PC photo editing suite, as well as some of the top mobile offerings. The gap between desktop and mobile productivity is narrowing in some cases, but in the world of photo editing, as Snapseed demonstrates, it's still fairly wide. An update starting its journey out to Android and iOS users today is set to help bridge that gap, bringing text insertion and resizing pictures, among other small tweaks.
The headline feature of this update is the ability to insert text into photos. While many will be relieved simply to finally be able to make meme images with Snapseed, the text tool goes far beyond simply superimposing text on top of images. A variety of colors and styles are available. Users can do things like make an overlay with text showing the background, put text behind objects in the photo, add semi-transparent text, impose text over other text, and even add in text and backgrounds of varying levels of opacity. This allows for a wide variety of text effects, like the creation of the kind of vague inspirational images you often see on social media, or the motivational and demotivational posters that seem to be just about everywhere these days.
Resizing a picture when sending it around or posting it in places happens automatically with some services, but not quite everywhere. Manually resizing pictures does, of course, have its perks; saving space when posting on a blog, sending quickly between contacts, and other such activities are much easier when you can resize a picture, not to mention the creative considerations, since this is a photo editing app. Users will now be able to resize their pictures however they want when sharing them through any means, or when exporting pictures to common formats for use on other platforms. The update will be rolling out gradually in the Play Store to all users in the near future.