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Create Perfect Portrait Shots & selfies with Snapseed

Create Perfect Portrait Shots
Written by Hassan Abbas

Create Perfect Portrait Shots: Snapseed is the sole ambassador of Google‘s post-processing department. The software offers a lot of choices to play around with. Giving you enough reasons for enhancing your quick snaps.

Today, our focus on ever-increasing love for Selfies and Portrait shots. If your phone features two rear cameras or an additional depth sensor, then you know the additional background blurring that Portrait shots bring. However, due to software and hardware limitations, the result isn’t always optimal. Selfies, too, can improve a great deal if you know which buttons to click and sliders to tweak.

In this article, we’ll discuss three prominent features of the app and tell you how you can combine them to enhance your Selfies and Portraits.

Get Snapseed:

Create Perfect Portrait Shots

Just download the Snapseed photo editor app, from the link Play Store using the link below.

Download: Snapseed

The Trio

Portrait Effect

This tool allows a user to enhance their facial characteristics, such as Skin Tone, Eye Clarity, Face Spotlight, and Skin Smoothening. If you’re feeling a bit lost and bury, there are also lots of presets you can choose from.

Head Pose

The head pose gives you complete control over how your face/head appearance. Feel you could’ve smiled more, or think your head feels a bit too lean? Snapseed’s got a solution for you.

Lens Blur

Lens Blur is all about recreating the original blur effect of expensive DSLR cameras. You can also set Blur strength, Transition area, and Vignette strength to complete the transition.

The Process

Step 1:

Firstly, Open Snapseed.

Step 2:

Click Open on the top-left corner to open the image you want to edit.

Step 3:

Go to Tools.

Step 4:

Click on Portrait.

Step 5:

Click on the Tiny face icon to your left. This tab is for choosing your skin tone i.e Pale, Fair, Medium, and Dark.

Step 6:

Once done click on the ‘Okay’ arrow on your right.

Step 7:

Click on the Adjust tab in the middle to access three more sub-tools — Face SpotlightSkin Smoothing, and Eye Clarity.

Face Spotlight:

It makes your face more prominent. Snapseed automatically checks your face and increases brightness in that area while darkening the other portions of your image.

Skin Smoothing:

It hides facial blemishes, making your skin appear glowy and smoother than ever.

Eye Clarity:

Just like Face Spotlight, Snapseed identifies the pixels that represent your eyes. Turn up the effect to make them clearer and more vibrant.

Step 8:

If the above mention steps are complex then you can also opt for simple presets. Simply click on the Styles icon to get the presets.

Step 9:

After coming back to the main menu, again go to Tools.

Step 10:

Click on Head pose.

Step 11:

Here you drag your finger around multiple areas of your screen to adjust the orientation of your head.

Step 12:

Once you fix the orientation, tap on the Styles tab. It would reveal three more settings for you to play around with — Pupil size, Smile, and Focal length.

Pupil size:

Adjusts the size of your pupils to make it natural.


This adds a smile to even your frowns.

Focal length:

It enables you to adjust the distance between your face and camera.

Step 13:

Now we’ll move on to Lens Blur, which is, no doubt, one of the more popular features of the app. Go to the Tools tab and click on Lens Blur to get started.

Step 14:

Start by clicking the button on your left to choose either Elliptical or Linear.

Step 15:

Click on the Adjust tab in the middle of your screen. It opens up three settings — Blur strength, Transition, and Vignette strength.

Blur strength:

It lets you select the intensity of the effect you’re using. Try to keep the effect below 40 if you’re going for subtlety.


In transition, you’ll be able to control the fade between in-focus and out-of-focus areas of your image. Just drag your finger to the right to increase the transition.

Vignette strength:

Just drag the slider to the right to darken the edges.

Step 16:

Additionally, just move to the Styles tab to choose the shape of blurring. There are a total of 11 shapes to choose from.

All done! 😎


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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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