The free Snapseed app offers the bokeh effect, also known as "portrait mode", in which the background of the image is blurred and the foreground is highlighted. Available for Android phones and iPhone (iOS), the service offers the option of sharing with other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, for example. The style became popular on social media after Apple launched the dual rear camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, which allows the trick called Portrait mode.
Currently, some smartphones with the Google operating system also include cameras capable of accomplishing the effect, such as the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy A8 (on the front camera, exclusively for selfies) from Samsung. Models without the feature can already use software that simulates the function, for example, the iPhone XR that performs in Portrait mode with only one camera and the Focus option on Instagram. To get the effect in a simple way through the Snapseed app, follow the tutorial below.
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Sample photo with portrait mode; this was taken with the Galaxy Note 8 Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo
Step 1. Download Snapseed from the TechTudo download page. After installing the app, open it and tap the "+" icon in the middle of the screen to access the photos from the phone's gallery. Then click on the one you want to edit;
Add a photo on Snapseed Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 2. With the image open in the application, tap on "Tools" and then choose the option "Focus Effect";
Select the "Focus Effect" in Snapseed Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 3. Note that there are two circles with a blue ball in the center. With both fingers moving the page, it is possible to increase or decrease the area covered by the circles. The inside contours the area that will not be blurred and the outside delimits the transition zone from the blurred to the blurred. By touching the blue ball, it is possible to move the two circles together across the image, without deforming or changing the shape;
Move the Snapseed circle in the way you prefer the blur Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 4. Tap on the middle cone on the toolbar to customize the effect. Drag your finger up or down to access options. First, go to "Degree of blur";
Select the "Degree of Blur" option in Snapseed Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 5. There is a bar at the top of the screen. Drag your finger over it, from right to left or vice versa, to increase or decrease how blurred the external area of ??the photo is. Click again on the central icon and, this time, select the option "Transio";
Adjust how blurred you want the background to be in Snapseed Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 6. Then, on the top bar, drag your finger sideways to increase or decrease the radius of the transition zone. Finally, go to the central icon for the last time and select the item "Vignette intensity";
Select the thickness of the transition zone in Snapseed Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho
Step 7. Drag your finger over it, from right to left or vice versa, to change the vignette, that is, the background shading of the image. After completing the adjustments, press the "check" icon, the last one displayed in the bottom menu;
Complete the Snapseed editing process Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho
Step 8. Back to the main menu, tap "Export" on the bottom bar, then choose the way you want to save. It is also possible to share the photo with Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, in addition to sending to email services, such as Gmail.
Save and share the edited photo on Snapseed Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Ready. Take advantage of the tip, apply the bokeh effect and share the result with your friends.
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