Editors Picks Post Production Snapseed

How to make a clean black background photo using Snapseed app

You would have noticed in many Instagram profiles where people upload white background or photos that are white which makes the feed look cool. Likewise, I’ve been asked how to make dark or black background and photos to have their feed dark.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to use the new Expand feature in Snapseed app. Make sure you have the updated version on your mobile to use this feature which is pretty good.

I happened to be in Chennai and had the chance of having this Tornado Potato.

Snapseed editing techniques

If you notice the light is from the cart where the tornado potatoes are being made.

How do I edit my photo with black background?

Snapseed has a new Expand feature which allows you to expand your photo with a desired colour of your choice.

Know a bit about Snapseed app:

Snapseed editing app by Google

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.


• 26 tools and filters, including: Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Transform (see list below)

• Opens JPG and RAW files

• Use the stack to re-adjust edits later

• Selective filter brush

• All styles can be tweaked with fine, precise control

• Insights feature with tips and tricks about Snapseed and general photography

If you don’t have Snapseed, you can easily download it from the links below.

Download for Android phones.

Download for iOS (Apple phones).

After installing the app on your mobile, tap the icon to launch it.

Open the photo using your Snapseed app, and click the Pencil icon on the right-bottom.

Edit the photo using Snapseed


Tap Tune Image to enhance your photo.

Fine tune or enhance your photos


Move the sliders around till you like what you have done to your photo. (The values shown below may not be right for your photo. Just get creative – remember not to overdo it). Tap the Tick mark on the bottom-right once you are done.

Snapseed app settings


Tap Details.

Fine tune or enhance your photos


Increase sharpening and structure to your taste.

Sharpen option on Snapseed app


Tap the Curves option.

Fine tune or enhance your photos


Move the points around to get the desired effect.

Use the curves feature to get amazing results


Tap Expand at the bottom.

Fine tune or enhance your photos


Choosing the option Smart is a smart option, else you can choose Black or White. Option Smart, understands the photo and stretches the sides and ends according to the details in the photo.

Learn about the Expand feature


Drag the edges to expand the size of the photo. You will notice how beautifully Snapseed fills up the space.

Black background photo using Snapseed


Tap the Tick option on the far right-bottom and tap Export to create a new photo with the changes you just made.

After editing export your photo


Hope you liked the edit. If you don’t have Snapseed, you can easily download it from the links below.

Download for Android phones.

Download for iOS (Apple phones).

About the author

Antony Pratap

Photographer providing niche services in India. I love how mobile phones are being well equipped with cameras and apps for taking better photos. I personally use an iPhone but love Android too. I write articles on how to take better photos and how to edit them professionally using your mobile phone. What do you think of this article? :)