How to Use the Healing Tool in Snapseed


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March 17, 2020

Learning how to use the healing tool in Snapseed is one of the best ways to remove unwanted objects from your image. You can quickly take away a pole or street sign in your photo. If someone photobombed your picture, you can erase them from the image with a little bit of editing. Take a moment to get your phone out and download the editing app Snapseed and come learn with us. Snapseed is available on both Android and IOS. So, let’s get into the details on how to use the healing tool in Snapseed.

Snapseed Healing tutorial

Steps to Use Snapseed Healing Tool

  1. The first step is to upload an image into Snapseed. Then tap on the Tools icon in the bottom menu. Next, tap on the healing tool in the menu. This will take you to the healing screen. This screen does not give any specific instructions on how to use the tool, so it can be confusing.
  2. The second step is to zoom in by pinching two fingers on the area you would like to remove. The closer you zoom in, the better the healing process will look.
  3. To retouch your image, tap on the section you would like removed. This will create a red area signifying where your changes will be made. You will see that area replaced by a part of the surrounding region. The healing tool in Snapseed does not allow you to choose the exact location of the area being replaced, so it may take a little bit of practice.
  4. To go back a step and reverse the last healing edit, tap on the back button on the bottom menu. If you decide you like the edit, tap on the forward button to add the edit back to the image.
  5. Once you are happy with your image, tap on the checkmark to save the image. Next, you’ll be taken back to the main menu. To save the image, tap on export. You can choose to share the image with friends or save.
  6. There are three different save options, and it can be confusing to know which one to choose. If you tap Save, it saves over the original photo. I suggest saving a copy because you can still edit the original image. Lastly, you can export a jpg. A jpg is the condensed file and works great if you plan on printing or sharing the photo at a later date.

Snapseed Mobile Photography


In this Snapseed tutorial, we discussed how to use the healing tool to remove unwanted objects in your photo. You can easily eliminate bushes, trees, signs, and other miscellaneous items from your image with the healing tool. Please check out these posts and the learn section for more information about mobile photography.

Snapseed Healing Before After

Want more inspiration? Here are some additional resources that can help you:
Snapseed Free Editing Book
Snapseed Editing Filters
Give those tips a read, and you’ll be ready with new hacks and tips to help you make the most of your phone’s camera. See our photos on Instagram at @picxtrix.

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