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Google Introduces AI Tools for Photo Editing in Google Photos

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Google Photos users will soon have access to new AI-powered tools for editing photos. Google has announced that features like Magic Editor, Photo Unblur, and Magic Eraser will be available to all users starting next month.

Previously, these AI editing tools were exclusive to Google Pixel device owners and Google One subscribers.

Here’s a brief overview of each tool:

  • Photo Unblur — Improves blurry photos by reducing or eliminating blurriness.
  • Portrait Light — Adjusts the brightness and light positioning in portrait photos.
  • Magic Eraser — Allows users to remove unwanted elements from images, such as photobombers or distractions in the background.
  • Magic Editor — A tool previously limited to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro devices that enables users to modify elements in photos, like altering the sky color or moving objects within the image.

Although Magic Editor is fully accessible on all Pixel devices, non-Pixel users will have a monthly limit of 10 saves. Users requiring more edits can have unlimited access by subscribing to Google One Premium (2 TB and above).

Aside from these tools, Google Photos also offers other AI features such as:

  • Sky suggestions
  • Color pop
  • HDR effect for photos & videos
  • Portrait blur
  • Cinematic photos
  • Styles in the collage editor
  • Video effects

Launch Date for the Tools

Google plans to release these tools to all users starting on May 15, 2024. The rollout process will take several months to reach all users.

To use these tools, devices must meet specific hardware requirements, including Android 8.0 or newer, or iOS 15 or newer on mobile devices. Some features may need a minimum of 3GB of RAM on Android or iOS devices, and Magic Editor specifically requires 4GB of RAM and a 64-bit chipset.

Certain editing features may not be available on the web platform, as some functionalities are exclusive to the Google Photos mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Final Thoughts

AI-powered photo editing tools can significantly improve image quality efficiently. While they may not match professional editing standards, they are useful for many users’ everyday needs.

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It’s worth mentioning that tools like Magic Editor may require an active Internet connection to function, but it’s uncertain whether the processing occurs locally or via Google’s servers.

The introduction of various AI-driven image creation and editing tools suggests a growing trend towards enhancing photos with AI technology.

Image Source: Primakov / Shutterstock

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