Why I prefer Snapseed over Lightroom

Over the last couple of months a lot of people have become obsessed with how they edit their instagram pictures (me included) We have seen the orange teal filter, the dark filter with pops of colour and really contrasted pictures. WE HAVE SEEN IT ALL. The craze regarding apps to help you edit your pictures is real because people understands how important it is for your Instagram feed to be crisp and on point all the time. This is when everyone fell in love with Lightroom. For those that don’t know what it is, Lightroom is an app that you can get (I got mine on an iPhone) and it is a photo editing app. You can edit everything from brightness to even editing certain colours in your pictures. You can get presets for this app so in a click of the button you can have your perfect filter for every picture.


I got a free trial with Lightroom and I really really wanted to get the hang of this app so I watched multiple youtube videos of people editing their instagrams (if that isn’t obsessive, then I don’t know what is). I really wanted to figure out this app and how to edit my pictures to get them looking Instagram worthy. Victoria from InTheFrow even mentioned in one of her vlogs that she loved it and I was like “damn, I wanna love it too :(” because her Instagram is gorgeous. I made it my mission for a couple of days to literally try to figure out this app.  After editing many pictures I could not get the hang of it what so ever. I stumbled upon a video on youtube by a youtuber called Simplytee and she made a video where she edited her pictures using this app called Snapseed. So.. I downloaded Snapseed and I must have watched her video lots of times in the hope of learning how to use this new app. It didn’t take me long to really understand this app and I was so happy that I had got the hang of it. There was a point where I was using Lightroom and then Snapseed, but now I don’t use Lightroom at all because everything I want to do I can do on Snapseed. Long story short… I think Snapseed is so much better and here is why:


Snapseed is free and Lightroom is around £4.99 a month, I believe. The price of Lightroom doesn’t bother me, I would 100% pay money a month if the app I was using was fantastic. I have found that everything I want to do on Lighroom I can do on Snapseed and I prefer the app in general anyway, so might aswell use the free one. Snapseed offers a lot and the fact that it is free, I think is amazing! for what you are getting you should 1000% be paying a monthly cost but you don’t, and it’s great!


 L A Y O U T

When I look at the layout of the two apps, Snapseed is so much more easier to understand. The initial layout once you have selected your picture looks less scary and much more approachable.

S N A P S E E D  L A Y O U T

If you look at the Snapseed layout in comparison to the Lightroom layout you can see a big difference between the two. One of the main reasons why I love the layout of Snapseed is because it didn’t take me long to get used to the app at all, and I definitely think it is because it is set out in a much nicer way. It is so easy to find your way around. Once you click on one of the features ( for example looking at the right picture ), tune image is basically your base for the image. Once you click on one of the features a little list will come up which involves everything that falls under that feature. E.g with tune image you have brightness, contrast, saturation etc.. after you have clicked on one of them you then move your finger left and right to edit that feature. So if you wanted to up your contrast you would move your finger across the picture to the right and if you wanted to lower it you would move your finger to the left of the picture. And the picture on the left is the main menu once you have selected your picture. To me it looks so much more easier to work with.

L I G H T R O O M  L A Y O U T


Lightroom is very much set out as a tool bar at the bottom of your picture and so once you click on a certain feature to edit such a light (looking at the left picture) it will also come up with different things that fall under light. So, exposure, contrast, highlights etc and this will come up as a little menu at the bottom of your page. You then can drag the little circle to the left and right to lower/up the feature (looking at the middle picture) I find that you really have to search for how you want to edit your picture. It all seems a little all over the place to me and I find myself searching to find how to edit my picture. I do honestly think that if you are using this app, the easiest way to use it is if you have presets. All you have to do is upload your picture, click on the preset and done! your picture is edited.


Snapseed offers a lot of different features that Lightroom doesn’t offer such as Lens blur, where you can make the background blurry. A tool called Selective where you can select a certain area in your picture and turn the brightness up or down, this tool comes in handy so much (Especially if your face is in a shadow and you want to make it brighter). It has a tool called head pose where you basically can turn a head in a picture. So for example if you have taken a picture but your head is looking a little to the left you can turn your whole face to the right. There are many more too.



 T H E  B R U S H  T O O L

On Snapseed there is a tool called the “brush” tool and it is on the main menu. This tool is literally a life saver. Everything you want to do you can do with this one tool. For example, in the picture below on the left I have added more saturation to my red shirt and on the picture on the right I have made my top more white. You can add saturation, you can make something darker, you can change the exposure and even the temperature. This tool will change your pictures. It is such a life saver. If you have taken a picture and you love it but think your legs are looking too pale, you can legit make your legs darker and add a tan! GENUIS! I love this tool because it gives me thee freedom to do whatever I want to do to my pictures. I can literally edit everything to how I want it to look.


On Lightroom you don’t have this brush tool where you can customise everything yourself. You can edit certain colours so for example if you wanted to turn down the saturation on any green in the picture you can, this will then do so but you can’t like do it yourself. This is the same for any colour. There is only 8 colours to choose from that range from red, yellow, green, blue, purple so if you have any colours in between these I’m guessing it wouldn’t turn the saturation down for those colours? for example browns..? this was something that confused me when using the app.


T H E M E S / P R E S E T S

Snapseed offers a lot of themes, as it doesn’t offer presets but I figured they are basically the same thing right? well sort of. I do like that Lightroom allows you to have presets because it makes things easy BUT.. you have to buy these presets and Snapseed offers free themes. I think if you find a preset that you love and know you will use then sure buy it, but some of them are like £25-£45. Not only is it pricey, but my problem with buying a preset is that I don’t know how long I would use it for. My Instagram feed is changing all the time, in summer I might want my pictures to be more brighter and really contrasted and in winter I might want my feed a little darker. It just makes sense for me to use Snapseed as like I said above, I can customise everything myself. I also think that there is no authenticity and originally when it comes to using presets. You buy them online, but there are probably 100 more people using the same preset. Therefore all of your pictures will look the same.  There is no personality to your pictures, you get me? I want my Instagram pictures to be my pictures.

The themes I use on Snapseed are from the Grainy Film section on the main menu and at the moment I am using the themes XO2, L05, X03 & LO4 (in case you wanted to know)  Every theme that you select automatically adds grain to your pictures, this is so handy! I love me some grains on my pics!

Just a look at some of the grainy films themes

I wanted to create this post just in case there is anyone out there who was like me and was using Lightroom and just couldn’t   get the hang of it. Also for people who are looking for a new photo editing app, Snapseed is really amazing. Just download it and try editing a couple of pictures and I promise you, you will love it. If you are already using Lightroom and you love it, then good for you! 🙂 I know how stressful it can feel sometimes when it comes to Instagram pictures and how your pictures are looking, if you can’t get the hang of Lightroom. I HAVE GOT YOUR BACK – SNAPSEED IS THE ONE!

I would love for you to comment down below, what photo editing app do you use? Have you tried any of these apps? or do you use a completely different app?

Sophia xo 

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  1. October 30, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Sophi, It’s very informative post. I am not on Insta yet but going to start soon, Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Sophiaaaxo
      October 31, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes get on it for sure! thanks for reading!

  2. October 30, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I LOVE snapseed. I’ve lost the art of photoshop since my teen years (although I used it heavily in media studies back in the day) snapseed has everything I need in an app. The colour balancing is top notch and I don’t like changing much really, however a decent colour flow as lighting changes really matters!
    I couldn’t get on with lightroom so totally understand what you meant there too! It’s fun to see another snapseed fan!!!! (And it’s free. WOOOOOOO!)

    • Sophiaaaxo
      October 31, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Yes! I’m glad you love it too. oh did you, we never used photoshop in media studies lol. Yes I 1000% agree, everything is all there in one app. Yeah same, I’m glad I found another snapseed lover lol! Yeah exactly. x

  3. October 31, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    I think there are definitely pros and cons to both apps. I have to say, that I use the free version of lightroom, and it works fine for me (just in case it was just the cost putting you off). I have to say I agree with you in terms of ease of use and user-friendliness for snapseed. Lightroom has much more of a learning curve! I actually use both apps, depending on how in depth I want to get and such. Great post though! xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • Sophiaaaxo
      October 31, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      I used the free version of Lightroom too, but it was only a trial. It wasn’t the cost, like I said I would 100% pay if I knew the app was amazing etc..Yeah I never understood the whole curve thing, why don’t people just edit the picture how you normally would instead of using the curve thing? Thanks for commenting girl! xxx

  4. October 31, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    i typically just stick to vsco, but i’ve just downloaded this to give it a try 👀 pretty excited to be honest, this was SO helpful! 💛

    • Sophiaaaxo
      November 1, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Let me know what you think and thank you girl. I used to use vsco and I really enjoyed using it but found that I was only using one feature on it. <3

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