A better image editor for your Chromebook and it is free to use

The built-in ChromeOS image editor is great if you don’t need to do much editing of your images. After all, it’s free to use and comes as standard on all Chromebooks. It’s also been improved and will continually be improved by the ChromeOS team. That being said, it’s pretty limited, so you may need more than what it offers.

The great thing about the Chromebook is that you have access to many image editors. It’s just a case of finding the one that is suitable to your needs. If you have Linux installed, you may want to use an advanced Chromebook image editor such as GIMP.

Although GIMP is great it may have too steep a learning curve for casual image editors. Therefore, you want something a little easier to use and something that is much easier to install. The good news is that Chromebooks have Android app capability, and I’ve found an Android app that works perfectly with the Chromebook.

Snapseed image editor on ChromeOS

Snapseed is an image editor created by Google and was originally created for Android phones and tablets. Although it was originally created for these devices this Android app works perfectly on ChromeOS. I would assume this is because Google wants Android apps to work just as well on a Chromebook as they do on a phone. Therefore, they’ve put a lot of effort into making this work really with your Chromebook.

It’s free to use and you can simply download it from the Play Store. Once installed you will be able to use Snapseed to edit your images on your Chromebook.

Plenty of image editing features

You’ll find there are a lot more image editing features available on Snapseed compared to the built-in ChromeOS image editor. If you are an image editing expert you’ll know what all of these features are for.

However, you don’t need to be an expert to edit images. When it comes to image editing it’s just a case of trial and error, it can also be a lot of fun playing around with the different features.

I’ve created a video to help

It’s much easier to figure out how to use new software with a video rather than written text. Therefore, I’ve also created a video to show you how to install Snapseed and more importantly how to use it.

This video covers a lot of the features Snapseed provides and it also explains how to export images, change the image dimensions, and how you change the image export quality.

I’m sure you will agree it’s a great program considering it costs absolutely nothing to use. Unlike many other image editors where you need to pay to use them; Snapseed is free to use, and it opens up the image editing capabilities available on your Chromebook.

2 thoughts on “A better image editor for your Chromebook and it is free to use”

  1. Great overview, Dan…thanks!

    I’m in learning mode with Snapseed on a Chromebook, this after years using Adobe Lr and Ps on a PC. I converted all my previous RAW files to .dng files so they’re viewable in Snapseed.

    I usually download the files I want to post-process onto an external microSD card and use that for additional Chromebook storage. If I open SS and “tap anywhere to open a photo”, I can see the external card. The folders (which I named “RAWs_for_PP”, as well as “JPEGs_for PP”) are visible. Accessing the JPEGs works fine but if I double-click on the RAW folder, nothing develops. My only way to open a .dng file currently is to go in through “Files” and select the card. It opens and I can then right-click on a particular .dng and do the “open with” routine, selecting Snapseed. Any ideas as to why this is occurring?

    If I simply double-click on a .dng file from that same card in “Files”, the image defaults to opening in the Google Photos editor. Is there a way (at least on a Chromebook…I know how to do it on my Samsung S22 Ultra) to make Snapseed the default photo opener?

    Cheers, and thanks in advance!

    • Hi Neil

      I can’t answer all your questions. However, you can easily change Snapseed to be your default image editor. Right click on an image from your Chromebook file manager, and you should see ‘change default’ at the bottom of the list. Click on ‘change default’ and choose Snapseed from the list.

      I hope this helps


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