Snapseed iPhone Photo Editing Tutorial: Uncover The True Power Of Snapseed With Masking

(whoosh) (light music) – So finally, we’re ready
to talk about masking. And masking is really the core of what makes Snapseed
great in my opinion. When you see how powerful
the masking functionality in Snapseed is, you’ll understand why we’ve been learning
Snapseed this whole time. Specifically, in this
video, we’ll be working with this original unedited photo, and by the end of this video
we’ll have converted it into this final edit. One of the key differences
between the two photos is actually in the
paddle in the foreground, which just happens to be our subject here. So when we look at these
two photos side by side you see that one of the key differences is in the paddle in the foreground. In the original unedited photo, the paddle doesn’t really
stand out that much, but in the edited version
it shows really strong and really powerful texture. That’s only possible because
this texture has been applied just to the paddle and nothing else. You’re about to see exactly what I mean, but I can already tell you that if we were to simply go to the
Details module and apply a strong texture to the entire photo, the photo would look like a mess. So what we are able to do instead was to simply apply the texture
effect only to the paddle, and nothing else, and
because of that we were able to create this type of beautiful edit where the paddle really
stands out and the rest of the image has perfectly fine quality. And that’s the power of masking. I know it’s a little bit
hard to really understand what I’m talking about, but
once you see the edit in action you’ll understand what
masking is all about. So, let me open up Snapseed,
and let’s get started. Now before we get to masking, let’s deal with the basics first. The first thing I see in
this photo is the horizon, which unfortunately isn’t straight. In order to correct
that, I’m going to start by opening the Perspective module, and I like to do this in
Perspective because I don’t want to lose any pixels if I don’t have to. Then I’ll make sure rotate
is selected at the bottom, and now I’ll have to do
is rotate the image just a little bit to make sure
the horizon looks straight. It’s not a big change,
but it does matter a lot. This is the before version of the photo, and as I release my
finger, you’ll see that now the horizon is straight. And just to be sure, I’ll quickly verify that none of the corners
have any artifacts, which they don’t, so we’re good to go and I can apply these changes. Next up, I’d like to open the Crop module, and this time, I decided to
work with square aspect ratio. The reason I’m interested in squares is because I think that creates
a better composition. Specifically, I think that
the subject of this photo is the big paddle that
goes from right to left. There’s really no need to
have all this information on the left, which doesn’t
really include anything related to the subject. Instead what we can do is
crop the image carefully, more or less like this,
and that way the paddle will stand out more and the composition as a whole becomes more harmonious. When it comes to cropping, it’s worth paying attention to to details. Specifically on the
left hand side, I’d like to make sure that I
leave just a little bit of space around the paddle
that’s in the water. So a crop like this on the left would probably work out fine. Now on the right hand
side, I want to do the same for the metallic part to
which the paddle is attached. That seems to work, but
at the bottom you’ll see that there’s a screw that’s
right here on this metallic part, and that screw is
currently halfway cropped. I don’t like that, so what I need to do is just drag the photo
by one of its corners to make sure that the screw
is completely cropped out like so, and now I think
the resulting composition looks better because we
don’t really have any details that are halfway in the
frame and halfway out. I’m happy with this crop,
so I’ll go ahead and apply these changes. And now we can start the
fun part of this edit. Since my subject here is this paddle, and it happens to have
a really nice texture, I think I can really improve this photo if I further emphasize this texture using the Details module. That’s what I’d like
to do, so I’m gonna tap on the Editing icon and
open Details at the top. The effect I’m interested in
Details is called structure. To really emphasize the
texture of the paddle I have to increase structure. For this to work, I’d like
to increase it quite a bit. So if we now look at the
paddle, and the paddle alone, you’ll see that with an increase of +50, the paddle looks that much nicer. But unfortunately, the rest of
the image looks a lot worse. Specifically the sky and the water just doesn’t look natural now, when we’ve increased structure to +50. This creates a problem,
but since we’re going to use a mask, we don’t
have to worry about it because we can just apply this effect to the paddle alone in the next step. When we’re doing this edit, we have to sort of close our eyes
in terms of what the rest of the image looks like and
just focus on the paddle alone. I think a value of +50 really works here, so I’m gonna leave structure at +50, and I’ll apply these changes. Now as you can see, the changes we’ve made look really nice on the paddle, but they don’t look that good in the sky or on the surface of the water. What we want to do is
only apply this effect to the paddle and nothing else. In order to do that,
what we have to do next is tap on the Edit History
icon at the top of the screen, and here let’s press on New Edits. This shows me all the
steps we’ve been through, starting from original photo,
then to perspective changes, then how we cropped the image, and finally what we did in the Details module. Now if I tap my finger on Details again, a few options come up. The first one is a trash
can, and if I tap on Trash, everything we did in
Details will be deleted and so I’m not going to tap on Trash. But if you need to remove
a step you’ve done before, the Trash icon is the way to go. Now on the right hand side,
you’ll see three sliders, and if you tap on that, you’re
back into the Details module and you can essentially
make changes to it again. But I’m not interested in
that, so I’m just going to tap X on the bottom left. And finally, the option in the middle is where you do the masking. So let’s select the option in the middle, and that opens up the masking window. Now, at the bottom of
the screen, you will see in the middle that is says 100 Details. And what this really means
is that the details effect is applied at the strength of 100. And it will get applied to
those parts of the image that we are going to
select using our finger. To do that, I’m going
to start by zooming in, and as I zoom in, you’ll see that the brush itself gets smaller. And now as I start painting
my finger over the paddle, you’ll see that the
texture starts to come out. You don’t really see that
because the difference isn’t that big, so in order to
see what’s actually going on you need to tap on the eye
icon on the bottom right. When you tap there, you’ll
see what’s really happening. Our goal is to essentially
select everything inside the paddle. Ideally we would prefer to
not go over the margins, so I might have to correct
the mistake I just made there. But we want to just move around the photo until the entire paddle is selected, but nothing else should be selected. So this is going to take
a little bit of time. It is the kind of job
that requires patience, but it’s worth doing you try it. Since you saw what kind of
effect the details adjustment has on the water and on the sky,
for this specific effect I think it’s better if I
avoid going over the edges. So I’m gonna, so I just made a mistake. That’s not good. If I make a mistake, at
the bottom of the screen, where it says Details,
I have to decrease it from 100 all the way to zero,
and it works like an eraser like so, and I can use the
eraser to essentially correct the mistake I just made. But now let’s go back to
100, and let’s keep painting. I can move around the
photo using two fingers. I can zoom in with two fingers. And I can paint with one finger like so. The reason I don’t want
to go over the edges is because you already
saw what kind of effect this Details module had
on the water, and ideally I don’t want to see any of that. And because of that, it’s
safer to stay inside, because that’s going to look more natural, and then I can be sure
that the water isn’t going to look messy. I’m just going to take
a couple more minutes to finish selecting the paddle. I think it’s good if I also
select this entire metallic part because that will also look
nicer with structure applied. I’m going to go ahead and select this. It does pay to be a
little bit careful here. Take a few minutes because in the end, the more accurate the mask is, the better it’s going to look. But again, if I have a
choice, I’m going to stay on the inside as opposed
to going over the edges. Okay, so now I’m almost done. I’m just going to put some
finishing touches here. I think we’re pretty much
good, except this one place where I’ve gone over the edge. So I’m going to attempt
to fix that in a moment. First, I’ll make sure that
the entire paddle is selected. Now, in the Details, at the bottom, I’ll go down to zero again,
and now I’ll just use this tool as an eraser to
make sure I haven’t gone over where I don’t want to go over. Okay, now if we zoom out, I
think this is accurate enough for this specific photo. If I now tap my finger
on the eye icon again, you’ll see what the
image actually looks like after the changes. And just make sure you can see better, I’ll do a quick before and after. So this is before the changes we made. As I release my finger,
this is the after version and the paddle clearly looks better. You will also notice,
especially if I zoom out, you’ll notice that this
effect is only applied to the paddle and the metallic
construction under it. Nothing else in the photo now has the Details effect applied. If we tap on the eye icon,
you can see the entire area on which the Details
module has been applied. Everything that’s not red right now, no changes have been made
to those parts of the photo. So that’s how masking works. You select some parts of the image in red, and whatever’s selected in red
will have the effect applied. Everything that’s not red will
not have the effect applied. Now that I’m really happy
with the mask we’ve created, I’m gonna go ahead and apply these changes by tapping on the okay
check mark at the bottom. And now we’re back to edit history. If we now compare the photo
before and after details, you’ll see that this is
before we made any changes in the Details module, and
now if we select Details, you’ll see that the paddle has
this beautiful strong texture but nothing else in this photo
has been changed in any way. And that is the power of masking. At this point, I’m
almost done, but I’d like to go back and make some final
adjustments in Tune Image. Just make sure the colors
are as good as they could be. I’m going to open up Tune Image. In Tune Image I’m interested
in just two things. The first one is saturation, and I think if I increase it a little
bit, I can really enhance these beautiful sunset colors
you can see in the background. So I’m going to leave
it at around +20 or so. I’m going to do more or less
the same thing with warmth, except here, I don’t want
to make the photo too warm because I want the
paddle in the foreground to still maintain it’s natural gray color, which stands out nicely
against the warm sunset. At +5, I still haven’t made
the paddle any less gray, but the sunset in the
background has become even a tiny bit warmer. Let’s do a quick before and after. This is before Tune Image. And this is the after version, where the colors do
look a little bit nicer. So I’ll go ahead and apply these changes. And now before we wrap up, I’d like to visit the Edit History
again just to review all the steps we’ve done so far. I’m going to tap on Edit
History, view edits, and here you’ll see that this is the original photo we started with. We used the perspective
module to rotate the photo, and then used the crop module to crop in. Then we applied the Details Module, only to some parts of the photo,
like you can see right now, so that the paddle has more texture, but nothing else has been changed. And finally, we used Tune
Image to improve the color at the top. Now that you are looking at all the edits you’ve done so far,
if for any reason you decide that you’d like to make
changes to any one of them, you can still do that. For example right now, I might decide that I’d like to revisit
the Details module again. And if that’s the case,
I’ll tap on Details, I’ll tap there again, and if I
tap on the three sliders icon and back into the Details module and I can change this effect
in any way that I’d like. Let’s say I might decide that
+60 might work even better, especially if we’re working with the mask. So if I leave the structure at +60, the texture is going to
become even stronger. And now if I apply this, you’ll
see that the Details module is still where it was
before, but now I was able to change one of the edits we did earlier but I have not really
changed the order of edits. We still have the optimal order of edits, which starts by getting
the horizon straight, cropping the image, then
doing selective adjustments using a mask to only work
on a part of the image, and finally we’ve used
Tune Image to improve the overall colors of the photo. When you’re working with makss, this tends to be the preferred order of edits. You start by getting
the horizons straight. You crop the image. You then do whatever
local adjustments you have to make using masks. And finally, you tie everything
together in Tune Image and if you want to do
vignetting, you do that as the very last step. So now, let’s do a full before and after. This is the photo we started with. As I release my finger, you’ll
see what we’ve been able to accomplish in this edit. I’m really happy with my
progress, so I’m going to go back and I’ll save the work
we’ve created so far. So now you’ve seen one example of masking. But what’s really great about Snapseed is that pretty much any edit you can do inside the app can be applied
selectively to only some parts of the photo using the masking capability. In case you’re still not 100% sure if you understand masking
or if you like to get just a little bit more
practice, that’s totally fine. Masking is such an important concept, that I’ve decided to create another video that’ll give you some more
practice with masking. In the next video, you’ll get
to practice masking again, but this time we’re going to
take things to the next level, because we’ll be applying
masking three times over the course of the edit. If you don’t fully understand masking yet, don’t worry because
we’ll return to it again in the next video. So thanks for watching,
and I’ll see you there.


  1. Preach The Word Deepak October 19, 2018 at 7:41 am


  2. Leonard Corraya October 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for this video.want more about iPhone photo editing

  3. Meng Meng October 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    u r so Gorgeous huhu

  4. Melissa Hall October 31, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you!!

  5. Стоян Гургутов November 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Which app do you use my friend ?

  6. Behzod Kenjaboev November 12, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Paldies Emils)) I am living in Riga. Good luck

  7. Amar Mane November 20, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Very nice

  8. PT76251 December 12, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Another wonderful video. Thank you so much for inspiring us and showing us you beautiful photo.

  9. Jerome Vargas December 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Emil is a BEAST!!👍🏻😍

  10. Edy moto April 10, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    I thought u r going to fix the background after the structure adjustment

  11. Anne Watman May 15, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Where do you start with this app? I got it after seeing that you use it, but I cannot figure out where the videos start.

  12. Anne Harwood June 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    So there’s no way to change the size of the brush other than zooming in and out?

  13. iPhone Photography School July 12, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Find out more about iPhone Editing Academy:

  14. Odette Stremel October 16, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Great video! Thank you for all the tips

  15. Teshana Beacher October 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Your so cute

  16. Doug Crum October 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    It's an OAR, not a paddle. Very nice video!

  17. maynard paul aurelio October 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    someone help me, how to edit picture that the background is black and white ang the subject is colored! thank you

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