Recently Google updated the Snapseed photo editing tools available in Google Plus to include HDR photo editing tools. When Google released the new HDR filter it was initially not available except from the mobile Snapseed app. This made it very inconvenient to apply the HDR filter, arguably the best automated HDR filters available, to photos while on your desktop.
Steps Taken to Use the HDR Photo Editing Tool
- Browse to plus.google.com
- On the left hover to bring up the menu
- Select “Photos” from this list
- Select one of your photos from those available
- At the top of your photo select “edit”
Now that you’ve accessed the Snapseed photo editing tools available in Google+ you’re ready to try out the new HDR tool! Over on the right hand side of your screen you should see all the choices and filters available for editing photos. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the HDR tool, but it’s there and worth the scroll.
The tools is called, “HDR Scape” and it’s all the way on the bottom right as you scroll. After clicking to activate the tool you’ll see in the video the results are dramatic and almost instant. There are some settings to play with as well. For example you can change the over all “strength” of the effect, which basically applies more or less of the effect depending on what you think looks best.
There are “brightness” and “saturation” sliders as well so play around with them until you get something you like. In addition there are also six presets that you can click to see if any of them give the desired effect. Don’t forget to click “Apply” down at the bottom right of your screen. You’ll then be taken back to the other Snapseed photo editing tools available. At this point you can either add more effects or click “Done Editing” to save your changes.
Some Requirements and Notes
It’s important to note that you have to be using the Chrome browser in order to have access to the Snapseed tools. If you don’t have it you can download Chrome for free here. There are some photos that can’t be edited so if you select a photo, and do not see the “edit” link at the top of your photo, you’ve found a photo that can’t be edited.