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Photobombs begone with Magic Eraser in Google Photos

Sometimes things get in the way of the perfect photo — like an accidental photobomb or power lines you didn’t notice. They can distract from the photo, pulling attention from what you were really trying to capture. Removing distractions from photos isn’t an impossible task, but it typically requires sophisticated editing tools, know-how and time.

That’s why we’re launching Magic Eraser on Pixel 6 to help you remove those distractions in just a few taps right in Google Photos. And you’re not limited to newly captured photos — you can clean up all your photos, even those taken years ago or on non-Pixel phones.

Magic Eraser can detect distractions in your photos, like people in the background, power lines and power poles, and suggest what you might want to remove. Then, you can choose whether to erase them all at once or tap to remove them one by one.

Gif showing Magic Eraser being used in Google Photos on Pixel 6 on a photo of a child on the beach with people in the background. Magic Eraser suggests to "remove people in the background," then removes them, resulting in an image with just the child on the beach.

You can also circle or brush over what you want to remove. Using machine learning, Magic Eraser can figure out what you’re trying to remove based on what you circle, so you don’t have to spend time worrying about precise brushing. Then, once you decide what you want to erase, Magic Eraser uses machine learning again to predict what the pixels would look like if the distraction weren't there.

Gif showing Magic Eraser being used in Google Photos on Pixel 6 to manually remove distractions from the background of a photo of a child at a pumpkin patch. A person and various items are circled and then removed, resulting in an image with just the child.

Remove distractions from new photos taken on Pixel 6 or older photos taken on any camera, like this one from 20 years ago.

Magic Eraser builds on our suite of helpful editing features — including smart suggestions for portraits, photos of the sky and more — so you can get stunning photos easily and quickly. Developed through a close collaboration between the Google Photos and Google Research teams, these features are powered by machine learning and advances in computational photography.

Magic Eraser will be available in Google Photos on the Pixel 6 when it launches on October 28. So focus on capturing what matters — and if you find a distraction after the fact, Magic Eraser is there to help.

A new video editor, plus enhanced editing features

Last year, we launched a new, more helpful photo editor in the Google Photos app on Android with easy-to-use granular adjustments and smart suggestions to help perfect your shots. Today, we’re adding even more editing capabilities to Google Photos so you can easily fine-tune your memories — no expertise needed.

First up, we’re introducing an updated video editor that has granular adjustments like our photo editor, so you can apply your own signature look to your videos. We’re also bringing more photo editing features previously only available on Pixel to Google One members. 

A new editor for your videos

With the new video editor, in addition to trimming, stabilizing and rotating your videos, you’ll now be able to crop, change perspective, add filters, apply granular edits (including brightness, contrast, saturation and warmth) and more. 

There are now more than 30 controls, but a good place to start is with cropping and straightening the frame to focus more on the subject. And if the scene is poorly exposed, you can adjust the brightness to make your video shine.

Animated GIF showing a phone with a video of a dog on the screen. The phone scrolls through granular edits to apply to the video.

The new video editing features are already available in Google Photos on iOS and will be rolling out to most Android users in the coming weeks. We’ll also bring the redesigned editor to iOS devices in the coming months.  

Enhanced editing features for Google One members

Starting today, we’re bringing some of the editing features currently available on Pixel to Google One members as a part of their membership. These effects transform your portraits using machine learning: with Portrait Blur, you can blur the background post-snap, and with Portrait Light, you can improve the lighting on faces in portraits. Both features work for photos just taken or images from the past — even if the original image wasn’t taken in portrait mode. 

Blur and Color Pop still work for photos with depth information (like photos captured in portrait mode) and anyone with Google Photos can use them at no cost. With today's update, Google One members can apply these effects to even more photos of people, including those without depth information, like old film scans or professional shots.

Here’s a film photo my parents took of me that Google Photos automatically suggested applying Portrait Blur and Portrait Light to:

Animated GIF showing a phone with an old photo of a baby on it while the Portrait Light setting is being applied to enhance the lighting.

Google One members will have access to other new machine learning-powered effects, too. Think of these as super filters that apply complex edits with just one tap. With the Dynamic suggestion, you can enhance brightness and contrast across the image where it's needed, so you get a dramatic, more balanced photo. And with sky suggestions, you can make your golden hour images pop by boosting and adjusting the color and contrast in the sky with one of several palettes inspired by breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. 

Animated GIF showing two photos of a beach; one is static while the other has new lighting effects applied to it that enhance it.

Portrait Blur and Portrait Light, along with Dynamic and sky suggestions, will roll out to Google One members over the next few days through the latest Google Photos app on Android devices. (Your device will need 3GB RAM and run Android 8.0 and above; learn more). 

A Google One membership starts at $1.99 per month in the U.S, for 100 GB of storage and also includes member benefits like premium support from Google experts, Google Store rewards, extended free trials to services like YouTube Premium and more. These editing features will still be available to Pixel users at no additional cost. 

So snap away — we’re here to help with the rest. 

A new, more helpful editor in Google Photos

Whether it’s a daily selfie or a #throwbackthursday photo, we all want our photos to look great before we share them. For some, that might mean getting the lighting or crop just right. Or maybe it means achieving a look that perfectly reflects your own personal style. Today, we’re rolling out a new, more helpful editor in the Google Photos app on Android with smart suggestions and easy-to-use granular adjustments, so your photos look their very best.

A little help to make your photos shine

Google Photos already helps you get the most of your photos by providing helpful suggestions like brightening, rotating or archiving a picture while you're viewing it. Now, we’re building off that idea and applying it to the editor to make editing easy—with Google Photos doing most of the heavy lifting. We’ve added a new tab right in the editor that uses machine learning to give you suggestions that are tailored to the specific photo you’re editing. 

These suggestions help you get stunning results in just one tap, by intelligently applying features like brightness, contrast and portrait effects. You’ll see some familiar suggestions like Enhance and Color Pop, and in the coming months, we’ll add more suggestions to Pixel devices to help your portraits, landscapes, sunsets and more really stand out. And if you want to see what changes were applied, many suggestions will show the specific edits that changed your photo, allowing you to customize further.

Color Pop

Granular manual controls that are easy to use

In addition to one-tap suggestions, the new editor makes it easy to find and apply granular edits, like brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and more. With the editor’s new layout, you can quickly scroll through all your options to find the tool you need or discover new ones.

Photo Editor controls

We’re also launching Portrait Light, a new editing feature coming to Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 that uses machine learning to improve the lighting on faces in portraits. To give you even more control over how your portraits look, you’ll be able to adjust the light position and brightness post-capture through the Google Photos app. You’ll also be able to add Portrait Light to regular photos not captured in Portrait mode—whether it’s a photo you just took or an important picture from the past—on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, with availability on more Pixel devices soon.

Portrait Light

The new Google Photos editor is starting to roll out today to the Google Photos app on Android. Whether you go with a one-tap suggestion or manually fine-tune your photos, we can’t wait to see all the amazing images you create.

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