Google has added an amazing new feature to one of its most under-used apps; Google Photos. Despite being one of the least talked about Google apps, Google Photos remains one of the best tools on smartphones.
Perhaps, the most notable change made or added to the app on Thursday is a functionality that automatically corrects the white balance in any image you open. This will solve a lot of stress and make your picture look like that of a pro. It means you no longer need a third-party tool in the form of an editing tool to correct off tones.
“Now, when you open the photo editor in Google Photos and select a look, we’ll not only correct exposure and saturation, we’ll also automatically correct the white balance in the image. And if you want to tweak it even more, just go into Color and adjust the Warmth and Tint,” Tracy Utley, Program Manager Google Photos wrote in a blog post.
Auto white balance has already rolled out to both Android and web; but iOS users may have to wait a little longer. A few other editing tools were also added to the app, and include the following:
Quick rotate: with Quick rotate, you no longer have to enter the editor. Simply use the shortcut Shift+R on web. Alternatively, in the Assistant tab of the app, you may see suggested rotations for your sideways photos.
Easily and quickly apply edit on web: you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C / ⌘+C to copy the edit, or select “Copy edits” in the overflow menu next to “Done” to apply the same set of edits to more than one photo. From there, “you can then open another photo in the editor (use arrow keys to open next/previous), then use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V / ⌘+V, or select “Paste edits” to apply them to the shot.”
Last September, Google Photos made the big step up to let the app sift through all your pictures, starting from the most recently uploaded one to the service. This will then enable the service to automatically create themed movies that run from 20 seconds to 2 minutes in duration.
Also added by Google Photos last September was an update that lets “you pick the photos, tap “share” and select the people you want to share with, instead of the apps.” The update makes photo and video sharing faster than it used to be. As a matter of fact, your friends on Google Photos can also get notifications when those photos are shared. A link will be sent to them automatically via SMS once a photo or video has been shared.
Towards the end of 2016, Google launched PhotoScan, a brand new standalone app that turns your old pictures into one that makes it almost like new. PhotoScan will turn your old prints into digital photos, thereby letting you save them to the cloud with a single tap. The app will let you scan a large number of photos with an easy-to-use interface. Though, the quality of production is a bit lower than what you might get from a conventional scanner; PhotoScan still gives you enough quality to be proud of.