This tutorial is the first in a series of short lessons on the tools that we can use to Crop, Rotate, or Transform the shape of our images using Snapseed from Google. The Crop Tool in Snapseed from Google is not a terribly complicated feature but like so many things in this amazing App there is more to discover here then first meets the eye.
Once Snapseed’s Crop Tool loads you will find two new buttons for this tool on the Toolbar at the bottom of your screen. The button on the right, the one that says Format on iOS Devices or Aspect Ratio on Android Devices, will bring up the Crop Aspect Ratio options.
If you want the ability to set any rectangular shape that you want for your crop then tap on the Free option. With Free Crop selected, you can drag the cropping frame around using any of the corners to change the visible part of your image. The Free Crop option is the right choice when you only want to keep part of your original photo and you don’t care whether or not your finished product will fit perfectly into a fixed layout.
There are times though when unrestricted cropping can be quite frustrating. It is hard to drag both sides of the crop frame in to make an absolutely perfect square, for use on Instagram for example, when the Free Crop option is enabled. But fear not. This is where Snapseed’s Crop Ratio options really shine.