January 28, 2011

Snipshot – The Online Photo Editor

Who says you need to purchase expensive photo editing software to get great quality prints and images? Certainly not the people behind Snipshot. The picture editing web-app gives amateur photographers all the tools they need to bring their images to life without any complicated downloads or add-on packages. Similar to Photoshop, but without all the unnecessary costs and complicated tools, Snipshot lets users edit RAW files and add special effects to photos of nearly any size.

Although you don’t need to download any software to begin using Snipshot, you will need to select a plan. Buy a two-week pass or sign up for a monthly subscription. If you’re an outside developer, you can sign up for Snipshot Services to get all the tools necessary to hook into Snipshot from your very own site. Assuming you’re an individual customer who has opted for a two-week pass, the next step is to edit a RAW photo using the service. Upload your own photo into the site, or use Snipshot’s bookmarklet tool to import photos you’ve found elsewhere on the web. You can automatically enhance any photo with just one click, or use Snipshot’s basic editing tools to crop, rotate, or resize any image. You can edit photos up to 10 MB or 25 megapixels in size, and thanks to Snipshot’s unlimited undo and redo options you won’t ever have to worry about making a mistake that can’t be changed. Once you’ve finished editing your photo and you’re happy with the product, just click to save it as a GIF, JPG, PDF, or PNG file.

For users who want even more functionality, Snipshot offers 12 different special effects that make it easy to turn any photo into a work of art. The web-app also includes an interesting face detection tool that can automatically detect faces and turn any large image into a customized portrait in a flash. For amateur photographers who aren’t ready to invest in costly software suites, Snipshot offers all the tools necessary to turn basic images into works of art.

Practical Uses:

  • Brighten up pictures of your daughter before posting them online
  • Crop your ex-boyfriend out of a vacation photo
  • Give your brother’s portrait a unique look by adding a grayscale effect
  • Adjust the contrast or brightness of your photos before having them printed

Insider Tips:

  • Use the bookmarklet to import photos onto Snipshot from any website
  • Images can be saved as GIF, JPG, PDF, or PNG files
  • Edit photos up to 10 MB or 25 megapixels in size
  • Use Snipshot’s API to integrate the web-app into your own website

What we liked:

  • Snipshot gives amateur photographers many of the same tools as Photoshop users
  • Users can pay for a subscription during months when they plan on taking more photos
  • Snipshot offers a free API
  • People who aren’t comfortable editing photos can still use Snipshot’s one-click enhancement tools

What we didn’t like:

  • People who only need to edit one or two photos might not want to sign up for a two-week subscription
  • Users can only upload photos up to 10 MB or 25 megapixels


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: British Columbia, Canada
  • Founded by: Beau Hartshorne
  • Web site:


  • $5 for a two-week pass
  • $9 for a monthly subscription

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