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VSCO vs. Snapseed (2022)

VSCO vs. Snapseed (2022)

VSCO has been here a long time. It has many quick tools to edit your photos. Snapseed is also an old app with lots of tools. With two very similar apps, a comparison of VSCO vs. Snapseed is unavoidable. Let’s find out how both stand in this article.

What are both

VSCO originally started as an image editing and sharing tool, but it has become a massive social app with photo and video editing options. Snapseed has always been an image editor. The app, along with styles, offers over 25 photo editing options.


Interface of VSCO and Snapseed
The interface of VSCO and Snapseed

As VSCO is a many-in-one system, using the app is challenging. It comes with a few tabs on the bottom:

  1. Feed: Social feed to see others’ edits
  2. Search: To search for hashtags on the platform
  3. Studio: To edit your photos
  4. Profile: Your own account and profile
  5. Membership: The premium VSCO membership

Snapseed has three main sections:

  1. Looks: All filters are in this section.
  2. Tools: You find all 28 editing tools.
  3. Export: Here, you can export the high quality-image or share it in other apps.

You also find a few other options on the top.

VSCO vs. Snapseed: Tools


VSCO, along with filters, comes with below:

  • 17 filters
  • Adjust (ratio and rotation)
  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Sharpen
  • Clarity
  • Saturation
  • Tone
  • White Balance
  • Skin Tone
  • Vignette
  • Grain
  • Fade
  • Split Tone


Snapseed App
Snapseed Tools

Snapseed contrarily has:

  • 11 looks (filters) with an option to add more
  • Auto-tune image
  • Details
  • Curves
  • White Balance
  • Crop
  • Rotate
  • Perspective
  • Expand
  • Selective
  • Brush
  • Healing
  • HDR Scape
  • Glamour Glow
  • Tonal Contrast
  • Drama
  • Vintage
  • Grainy Film
  • Retrolux
  • Grunge
  • Black & White
  • Noir
  • Portrait
  • Head Pose
  • Lens Blur
  • Vignette
  • Double Exposure
  • Text
  • Frames

In total, Snapseed has more features compared to VSCO.

Related: Snapseed vs. Lightroom Mobile


VSCO Filter Magic Wand

In VSCO, each filter has a magic wand option that controls the filter’s intensity. The program also separates the filters into categories, and under each category, you find one or two free and many premium filters.

Snapseed does not has an intensity option, but it has some great filters.

Auto tune

Auto-Tune in Snapseed

The quick edit option is “auto-tune,” which automatically enriches the image. The option is excellent for inexperienced photographs.

VSCO does not support this auto-tune feature, but when you import a photo, it auto-selects one of the filters.

On Snapseed, the first option in tools is auto-tune. It automatically adjusts the basic edits, including brightness and contrast.

Exporting and sharing

Exporting in Snapseed
Exporting in Snapseed

Both export images in the same resolution; unless you crop them. The image metadata such as photo location and camera details are exported too.

Snapseed also offers to set the image size in settings for all edits, while a quality option allows adjusting the photo quality. Furthermore, you can save images in PNG format.

VSCO has built-in Instagram options to quickly share the edited images. One thing I don’t like about this app is that when you save the edited photo, it automatically shares the photo on its social media platform.

Related: VSCO vs. Lightroom


Both are available on Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets. There are ways to download and install both on Windows PC, but as the methods are not official, I recommend researching before implementing.

Extra options

Both provide copying the edits and applying them to other photos. VSCO can save your edits in recipes that can be used on other images.

You can save one recipe on its free plan, while on its premium, multiple recipes can be saved. Also, the paid subscription has premium recipes.

You can hold the image to see the original photo in both. Snapseed has a QR look option that creates a QR code to share edits with friends. Others can scan the code from the app.

Premium plans

Let’s export the premium option in the VSCO vs. Snapseed battle. VSCO offers a subscription VSCO Membership, which offers:

  • Video editing capabilities
  • Pro photo editing tools
  • Over 200 filters
  • Ad-free app
  • Premium recipes
  • Weekly photo challenges
  • Extra editing options (text, borders, and HSL)
  • Moving collages with Montage

The plan costs $31.99 per year or $11.99 per month, while you get seven day free trial on the yearly plan.

On the other hand, Snapseed is free and does not require money. You don’t even need an account to use it.

VSCO or Snapseed?

VSCO is great for filters and social media, while Snapseed is packed with photo editing tools. If you want an app that can quickly enhance your photos or gives you access to many editing tools, Snapseed is great.

In comparison, if you want an app with social media features and filters to modify your image at once, VSCO will be your choice.

VSCO vs. Snapseed: Links


The article VSCO vs. Snapseed covered the essential features of both. Please comment below if you have any suggestions or questions, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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