Google+ photos get significant upgrades to editing tools

Google+ photos get significant upgrades to editing tools

Google has announced a significant upgrade to the editing tools for Google+ photos.

At an event in San Francisco, Google’s Vic Gundotra unveiled a raft of new features to help photographers share, manage and edit their Google+ photos.

Google+ photos get significant upgrades to editing tools

From left to right: original image; image enhanced with Snapseed HDR Scape

Among the key improvements to Google+ photos are an ‘Auto Awesome’ tool that photographers can use to assemble a series of images into one action sequence, erase people and objects from the background of an image or even choose your best Google+ photos and compile them against a selection of background music for which Google has obtained free licensing.

These latter two functions use new Google algorithms to that can recognise different objects in your Google+ photos and decide which are the most important elements of an image.

Google’s Snapseed editor now incorporates an HDR Scape filter for use with your Google+ photos, creating high dynamic range images with a single tap, Google says.

Google also says that full size backups and background sync are coming soon to Google+ for iOS, allowing photographers to back up their photos as they take them.

Google has also improved the search capability for Google+ photos. Google+ now recognises “over a thousand different objects—from sunsets to snowmen—so you can just type what you’re looking for, and find matching items in your library,” the company says.

In Google+’s Auto Enhance feature photographers can now dial the enhancements up or down – and if you’re already processing your images elsewhere, you can choose to exempt an album entirely.

Google also revealed that more than 1.5 billion Google+ photos are uploaded to the community every week.


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