Google Photos for iOS will let you depth edit portrait photos

Donna Miller
November 20, 2018

To use the new feature, open a portrait photo on Google Photos and then press the edit button.

See, even though iPhone users have been able to take portrait mode shots since the 7 came out, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models and below don't include depth editing features in the iOS Photos app.

Google Photos for iOS is now offering control over the amount of background blur in portrait mode photos, letting users tweak the focus after the shot is captured.

Apple added its new Depth Control feature to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR this fall.

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As the Google Photos team revealed through a tweet on Monday, there is a dedicated Depth slider that sits next to the existing Light and Colour sliders to let you adjust the background blur to deepen the bokeh effect in your portrait photos. Another major addition coming with the update is the ability to keep the subject saturated in color while the background can be changed to black and white.

Alongside this, Google Photos for iOS is also receiving the Color Pop feature.

The results seem to vary when it comes to quality, with some images turning out better than what Apple's stock Photo app typically produces, while in other cases, photos look less than stellar.

Previously the Google Assistant inside Photos would suggest applying this treatment to specific images, but now you can trigger it manually for every single one of them if you so wish. If you already own the app, make sure you're running the most updated version. Share your views in the comments.

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