Develop: RAW Editing

Develop will launch immediately upon opening a RAW file, but is also accessible through the Tools and Filters menu when a RAW file is open. Once opened, swipe vertically on the image to access the edit menu. Once an option has been selected, swipe horizontally to enhance. The menu includes:

  • Exposure Adjust the amount of light in the image.
  • Shadows Only adjust the brightness of the shadows, or darkest areas of the image.
  • Highlight Only adjust the brightness of the highlights, or brightest areas of the image.
  • Contrast Adjust the degree of difference between shadows and highlights.
  • Structure Increase the amount of details in the image. Structure uses a unique algorithm to bring out the texture of objects throughout the photo, without affecting the edges of the objects.
  • Temperature Adjust the balance between cool blue tones and warm yellow tones in the image.
  • Tint Adjust the balance between green and magenta tones in the image.

What is RAW?

A digital camera measures red, green and blue light separately, then analyzes these measurements to create colors. However, there are a lot more colors that a camera can measure than are visible by the human eye.

For example, JPEG files are images made up of actual colors that the eye can see. Extra color data gets clipped and simplified, like the brightest and darkest parts of the image appearing solid white or solid black.

RAW files store the original sensor data, meaning that the RAW file is not actually an image yet. What may appear solid white or solid black can still be manipulated to recover color data.


  • Android Snapseed will edit DNG RAW files on any device that can capture DNG, and on most other recent devices
  • iOS Snapseed will edit RAW files from the following list of camera models on all current Apple mobile devices*
    • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Dx, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 100D (Kiss X7, Rebel SL1), 350D (Kiss Digital N, Digital Rebel XT), 400D (Kiss Digital X, Digital Rebel XTi), 450D (Kiss X2, Rebel XSi), 500D (Kiss X3, Rebel T1i), 550D (Kiss X4, Rebel T2i), 600D (Kiss X5, Rebel T3i), 650D (Kiss X6i, Rebel T4i), 700D (Kiss X7i, Rebel T5i), 750D (Kiss X8i, Rebel T6i), 1000D (Kiss F, Rebel XS), 1100D (Kiss X50, Rebel T3), RebelT6 760D, Rebel T6 8000D, 1200D, M
    • Canon Powershot G1X, G7X, G12, G16, S100
    • Fuji X100
    • Nikon 1AW1, 1J1, 1J2, 1J3, 1J4, 1S1, 1S2, 1V1, 1V2, 1V3, D3, D3X, D4, D4S, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, Df, Coolpix A, Coolpix p7800
    • Olympus E-M1, E-M5, E-M10, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-PL7, OM-D E-M5 Mark II
    • Panasonic CM1, FZ300, G70, GF1, GF3, GF5, GF7, GH3, GH4, GM1, GM5, GX1, GX8, LX5, LX7, LX100
    • Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7 Mark II, A55, A58, A65, A77, A77 Mark II, A99, A700, A3000, A5000, A5100, A6000, QX1, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, RX1, RX1R, RX10, RX10 Mark II, RX100, RX100 Mark II, RX100 Mark III, RX100 Mark IV
    • DNG files All .dng files

*iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini are known to produce artifacts with some photos from some cameras

Import Workflows

The following are supported workflows for importing RAW files to your mobile devices:


  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader will read all supported RAW files and allow the user to import them to the Camera Roll. Note: Some DNG files may appear blank in the interface and Camera Roll but will be shown correctly in Snapseed. Check it out in the Apple Store.
  • Lightning to USB Camera Adapter can be used in combination with a camera’s USB port or even a USB SD card reader to read all supported RAW files and allow the user to import them to the Camera Roll. Check it out in the Apple Store.
  • EyeFi MobiPro RAW files can be transferred to an iOS device via Wifi using “Eyefi Mobi” app and selecting share/save photo. Photos will be saved as RAW files to the Camera Roll. Note: This requires iOS 9.3.4.
  • Google Drive Select a photo in Drive, tap on the dot dot dot icon, then select “send copy”. Drive will download the file. Select “Save Photo” to save it to the Camera Roll, or “Open in” to directly open it in Snapseed. Note: This requires Drive v4.12 and iOS 9.3.4.
  • Apple Mail Email a RAW file, fully download it in Mail, then open the photo preview and tap the “share” icon. Select “Save Photo” to save it to the Camera Roll, or “Copy to Snapseed” to directly open it in Snapseed.

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