By this point, we’re all well aware of the competition between Apple and Google.  However, just because the two companies are at odds with each other, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of the products made by both.  I’m an avid Apple user but I also love Gmail.  And as of recently, I’ve fallen in love with another Google product: Snapseed.

Snapseed is an image editing app available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch). You may say that those devices already have built-in editing tools that let you adjust colors, lighting, and even apply filters and retouch photos, and you’d be right. But Snapseed goes beyond those built-in tools in many ways.

One feature that I’m really excited about is the fact that you can use “brushes” to apply adjustments to specific areas of a photo rather than affecting the entire thing.  For example, if you’ve got a photo that has a particular area that’s too dark but the rest of it is completely fine, you can use your finger to apply a brighten adjustment to just the area of darkness. This was actually a feature in the iPhoto app that used to be available on iPhone/iPad, but ever since that app was phased out, Apple has not rolled the feature into its current Photos app.

Another thing that’s really nice about the editing process on Snapseed is the fact that after you’ve made several different edits to a photo, you can step back to any point in that chain of events rather than having to revert all the way back to the original.  Also, if there’s one particular adjustment that you made and you’d like to eliminate it while leaving everything else intact, you can do that.

Of course, just like any other self-respecting photo editing app on the market there are a whole host of filters and interesting effects you can apply to your photos to give your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter feed a leg up on everyone else.

Happy editing! Link below: