Google Photos is a mega-cool service with almost no alternatives. Contrary to common sense, Google not only offers to store all its photos and videos in high quality in the cloud for free but also pleases with automatically generated collages, animations based on uploaded images, and curious filters. Of course, no one will stop you from editing your own photos on your own, but I like the way automation does it for me. True, Google wanted users to take the initiative themselves and add new editing tools to the suite.
The Google Photos update (download) was presented at the same presentation as the Google Pixel 5. The company’s developers have provided the service with a number of super-cool photo editing tools and promised to add more in the future. But already with what has appeared at this stage, it is quite possible to work, improving the already shot frames.
Filters in Google Photos
So that users did not refuse to take the initiative, the work of some of the tools was prudently automated to the maximum. That is, in fact, these are a kind of filters that are applied to certain types of images. The algorithms themselves understand which frame you can apply the bokeh effect to and make a portrait shot of it, which frame is better to tint a little, and which one, on the contrary, can be rendered in b / w.
If you want to make some changes to the performance that the filter will choose, you can tweak the necessary settings yourself. Let’s say you don’t like the way the light hits your face. A special editing tool will allow you to do everything exactly as you want it. I’m not talking about the white balance, photo saturation, brightness, and contrast settings – all this is also available in the built-in image editor.
True, some of the functions will remain exclusive to Google Pixel smartphones, appearing only on them. For example, changing the direction of lighting in post-processing. The fact is that such a mode appeared in Google Camera, and now users of “pixel” devices will be able to configure this parameter not only in the camera interface but also in the Google Photos application. Conveniently.
Adjusting Blur in a Photo
I am especially pleased with the appearance in the Google Photos editor of a tool for adjusting the bokeh effect. Oddly enough, most Android smartphones today often screw up when taking portraits. Because of this, some small details of the frame turn out to be out of focus: hair, ears, fingers, all kinds of decorations like bows, and much more. It goes without saying that you don’t want to post such photos on social networks, and even more so on Instagram, which for many is a kind of showcase. Therefore, it is very cool to just take a regular photo without using a bokeh, and then add it to the finished image.
As befits in such cases, Google Pixel smartphone owners will be the first to receive the Google Photos update. It will reach everyone else a little later, but, according to Google, earlier than the Hold for Me functions and the updated Google Camera. Since the cloud service is, in principle, publicly available, it was artificially not very rational to delay the release of the update for it. Therefore, I dare to assume that in the coming weeks the new version of Google Photos will reach you and allow you to start more boldly editing your photos that fall into the cloud.