How to Invert Colors on Snapseed

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Snapseed is one of the best photo editing apps out there, with so many filters and customization options that could make you feel like a pro. This application is developed by none other than Google, and it is available for free download from the official Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

This popular application allows you to do many things with your photos. You can invert the colors, make your photo black and white and give them an old photo feel. You can play with backgrounds, silhouettes, make objects disappear and much more.



Read on and find out how to use all these cool features in Snapseed.

Colorful Pop Images in Snapseed

One of the coolest things you can do in Snapseed is create vibrant color images. A color-pop image is an image with a black and white background, with the main object colorized. Inverted color is closely related to the color pop image creation process.

This filter makes the main object of the image stand out, which is amazing for portraits. The “pop” in pop color is smart wording because the subject of the image pops out and grabs everyone's attention.

Do not mix color pop with a color splash, as the latter focuses on a specific part of the subject, while the color pop focuses on the whole subject.

Now that you know more about this cool feature, you can learn how to use it. Make sure to download and update Snapseed to the latest version

How to Invert Colors in Snapseed

Follow these detailed steps to invert the colors of your Snapseed image and make the subject stand out:



  1. Open the Snapseed app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Tap Open or the plus icon which will take you to your photo gallery. Choose the photo on which you want to invert the colors.
  3. You can now select the Looks bar and choose the Sharpen or Pop filter to saturate the photo even more and make it more exciting.
  4. Now select the toolbar and choose Black and White from the drop-down menu. Choose neutral tone and tap the checkmark in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm.
  5. In the next window, you need to tap on the Cancel setting at the top of the screen, next to the Info icon. You will see a drop-down menu.
  6. Select Show changes in selection.
  7. You want to manually override the black and white filter you used. Select Black and White, then the Stacked Brush Tool in the middle.
  8. Make sure Black and White are set to 100. Start drawing a mask layer very close to the edges of the subject. It is better to zoom in and outline. Finally, fill in the inside of the subject as well, without any blanks.
  9. Once the mask is complete, select the Invert option at the bottom left, next to X. This will invert the area of ​​the mask and apply the Black & White filter only to the chosen area. Tap the checkmark to save the changes, when you are happy with the results.
  10. Voila, your subject will be in color, and the background will remain in black and white. This is how you invert the color in Snapseed.
  11. Finally, you can select Export and then Save to save your color pop image to your image gallery.

Alternative method

There is also the reverse of the masking process. When you get to step 7, you can hide the background instead of the object. This is useful when you have a huge subject and a tiny background. It will save you a lot of time and effort.



In this scenario, you should not select the reverse color option. Just save the background mask as is. Hope this makes sense. It's much easier when you have an image in front of you, so try editing one in Snapseed and see which option works best for you.


Anyway, this is how you can make a color pop image, with a black and white background and without inverting the colors in Snapseed.

Reverse completed

Snapseed is a very fun photo editing app for both experts and beginners. Inverting the colors isn't that hard, but you do need a bit of practice. Don't expect perfect results the first time, you'll get there eventually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Snapseed is a feature-rich photo editing app with a lot to learn! We've included more answers to some of our most frequently asked questions in this section.

Can I edit a photo multiple times in Snapseed?

Absoutely! One of the best things about Snapseed is the ability to make multiple edits to the same photo. For example, if you want to brighten a photo but the native features don't make it bright enough, you can brighten it as much as you can. Then save the photo, upload it again and lighten the photo further.


Is Snapseed free?

Yes! You can use Snapseed to edit as many photos as you want without ever paying for the service. You can also download the image without a watermark, which is especially nice.

Don't give up because Snapseed can help you create amazing images. It just takes time and practice. What are your thoughts on the subject? Did you have fun using Snapseed? Let us know in the comment section below.

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