Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile (2020) | The Final Showdown

Last updated: 24 Sep 2020 | Reading time: 5 minutes

Snapseed vs Lightroom
Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile

With new fast phones these days, we have intelligent apps. You might have heard of an app called Snapseed. The official photo editing app from Google offers many good tools.

Lightroom mobile from Adobe is also a photo editing app available on multiple platforms. How do both differ? The article takes a look at both and covers Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile (2020).

Table of contents

Snapseed

Snapseed is a photo editor for mobile phones. The app was initially developed by Nik Software and is owned by Google. The app The app has been in many lists such as best app of the year and best app of the year for iPad. The app has over 100 million downloads on Google Play.

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Lightroom

From Lightroom to Classic and then Lightroom Mobile, the collection has been growing ever since. The mobile app offers many great tools to start editing on the go. The app is available for mobiles, and it offers both free and premium tools. The app has over 100 million downloads as of writing this post.

Snapseed vs. Lightroom

Interface

Interface - Snapseed vs Lightroom
Interface – Snapseed vs Lightroom

Both have a completely different interface. The tools in Snapseed are in the tools section, whereas the styles tab contains some on the go styles. The option on the top is for undoing and redoing while you can see tutorials and change settings in the far-right ellipsis.

Adobe Lightroom, on the contrary, comes with the dark theme with all the tool at the bottom. At the top, you get the image info, ratings, help, share, delete and other options. Holding on the photo shows the original photo in both.

Tools

Snapseed comes with 11 styles and over 25 tools, while Lightroom comes with about 15, and each tool contains some sub-tools. Let’s compare some of the major tools.

Filters

Snapseed offers 11 styles, 6 drama effects, 5 glamour glow effects, 12 vintage effects, 13 retrolux effects, and 14 noir effects. Altogether it comes with 56 options.

The styles tab also comes with an add new button from where you can add more. The button is unresponsive sometimes and does not work. Some of the filters include smooth, morning, bright, fine art etc.

Lightroom contrarily comes with profiles and presets. In total it offers 45 filters and in between 40 and 45 presets depending on the device. All are free, and each one is categorised into favourites, modern, black and white, vintage, and more.

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Auto fix

Auto fix Comparison of Snapseed and Lightroom
Auto fix Comparison of Snapseed and Lightroom

Snapseed and Lightroom both offer to auto-tune the image. Snapseed separates into image tuning and white balance, and Lightroom comes with one button in total.

The above image comparison shows how both auto-tune the same image. Depending on the colours, one might perform better than the other. See the original image.

Crop and rotate

Crop Options - Snapseed and Lightroom
Crop Options – Snapseed and Lightroom

Snapseed comes with the crop, rotate, expand, and perspective option. All are displayed separately in the tools tab. The crop tool also comes with seven built-in aspect ratios to help you choose the ideal size.

Moreover, the expand tool is a unique tool which uses AI to predict the surroundings and expand the picture. The tool is not accurate all the time and can perform better on solid colours such as sky, clouds, greenery etc.

Lightroom offers the crop, straighten, rotate, and flip (horizontal and vertical) in a single tool. Same as Snapseed, the crop tool offers seven built-in aspect ratios. Straighten is a unique tool which uses AI to straighten the photo. Flip is another helpful option to flip the photo horizontally or vertically.

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Learning

Both come with tutorials to help you learn. Snapseed comes with over 25 tutorials. Each tutorial first explains the tools and then offers to apply the edits to your picture.

With Adobe Lightroom, new tutorials are published regularly on the main interface. It shows the edits on the tutorial photo and asks to practice the same technique to master the app.

Export

Crop Options - Snapseed and Lightroom
Crop Options – Snapseed and Lightroom

The last part of Snapseed vs. Lightroom mobile is the export features. Both apps support to export the same resolution image. Snapseed saves the date, photo location and camera information, and it exports in jpeg format.

Lightroom alongside date and camera info, adds tags depending on the photo. It does not save the photo location, and it exports in jpg format.

Paid nature

Lightroom mobile is not entirely free. The discussed tools in this blog post are free, while there a few tools which come with the Adobe Photography plan. The premium tools include:

  1. Selective adjustments
  2. Healing brush
  3. Fix and adjust perspective
  4. Edit ram photos
  5. Online web galleries
  6. Auto sort
  7. Auto sort people photos
  8. Apply the same adjustment to multiple photos

Other than above, you also get cloud storage and access to other photo editing and video editing tools.

Which one to use?

Both offer many unique tools, while both are used for different goals. Snapseed is more powerful than Lightroom in text editing, brushing, editing RAW images, and adding frames, while Lightroom is more for quick editing and sharing.


Wrap up

Snapseed vs. Lightroom mobile covered essential topics. I hope the information was helpful. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments down below so other readers can choose the ideal app. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.

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