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Snapseed: User Interface and Gesture Basics


Now that we have the Snapseed App installed
let’s talk about this program’s interface and the way that your fingers interact
with the screen. Let’s start with a quick tour of the buttons
that you will find here surrounding Snapseed’s main window. Let’s start up at the top left
where we have an Open button. This is where we will go when we are ready
to select another image to enhance. Tapping on this button with one finger will
bring up a flyout menu where we could select another photo by scrolling up or down, but for now, I am going to stick with this image. I will just tap outside that window
to return to the main screen. Moving across the screen to the right,
we have three buttons next to each other. The first in this section is obviously the
Save button. Save is where we will go once we are done
improving a photo and we are ready to save out a copy of our masterpiece. Let me point out here that Snapseed will never
permanently alter your original file. We will talk more about how Snapseed saves
our work once we have improved this image but this an important detail. Although the options in the Save menu differ
from iOS to Android, this is really comforting because it means
that we can experiment all we want in here without any fear. We can try anything, or try everything, without
the fear that a mistake can’t be undone or that we might mess up our original photo. Next to the Save button is a little number
Zero. That’s the Stack’s button. Right now it says zero because we have not
done anything yet to improve this image. But as we add changes and improvements that
number will go up. Stacks is where you can adjust the settings
for each layer that we add or delete a layer without having to start all over. Eventually, we will use the Stack’s feature
as a way to undo a mistake and as a way to add some really sophisticated advanced changes
into our images. Furthest to the right across the top row are
the three little dots button. Tapping this one will bring out a menu where
we can adjust things like our output settings and the other behind the scenes details. I’ll skip over the Menu choices in here for
now but eventually we will return to this area when we are ready to talk about some of
Snapseed’s sharing options. To close this window, I will just
tap in the center of the screen. Moving back over to the bottom left
corner, we have another button. This one is the histogram on or off toggle. Tapping on this button will show or hide the
histogram on this screen and in the Tune Image tools group which is where we are headed next. I’ll talk about the Histogram, and how it
can help us in our initial image refinement, in another lesson. At this point, I am sure that you are dying
to tap on the Tools and Filters button, that pulsating pencil over there at the bottom
right, but before we do, let me show you a few more tricks here with the Snapseed interface. If you tap with one finger on your image,
just tap in the middle of the screen, then all of those buttons will disappear temporarily. This is a great way to see your image and
nothing but your image without any distractions. Another one-finger tap will bring the whole
Snapseed user interface back. If you put two fingers on the screen, I like
to use my thumb and forefinger for this, and then you spread those fingers apart, you can
zoom in to see some of the finer details in your image. The further that you push your fingers apart
the more that Snapseed zooms in. When you have zoomed in, a little square diagram
will appear in the lower left corner. This box lets you know which part of the image
you are seeing up close and how far you have zoomed in. You can press on that little blue square inside
of this navigator box and then drag your finger around if want to move about the image without
zooming back out. The more that you zoom in, by the way, the
smaller, that this little blue square gets. It gets smaller and smaller because that blue
square represents the part of your image that is presently visible on the phone or the tablet’s
screen. Alternatively, you can move around your zoomed
in image by sliding across the screen with two fingers at once. To zoom back out, press two fingers against
the screen and then pinch your fingers together. Again, I find using my thumb and forefinger
is the best way to do this pinch to close or zoom out motion. One more trick. If you double tap the screen with one finger
then Snapseed will zoom in right where you tapped. Once again the navigator box will appear in
the lower left so you can see where you are in the image. Again, two fingers will let you scroll around and another double tap will zoom you all the way
back out. Okay. Now that we have covered all of these interface
details, let’s have some fun. I am going to tap on the pencil button over
there in the lower right-hand corner to bring out our Tools and Filters Menu. When the Tools and Filters Menu appears, I
am going to tap on the Tune Image button at the top-left, but all of the amazing things
that we can do in here is actually the subject of our next tutorial. So, I will see you there!

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