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Google Photos for iOS Brings New Depth Editing Features in Update

Nov 22, 2018
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We are happy to report that this week Google Photos for iOS released an update that adds more editing features. You might have noticed that the newest iOS devices allow for depth editing in Portrait mode, such as the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

The new iPad Pro also allows for depth editing in Portrait mode, and these options are found with the default app for iOS. These options are not available on the iPhone X or older iOS devices as default, but now can be found with the new Google Photos update.

Due to the new depth editing abilities in Portrait mode on these devices, apps are updating to allow for that feature. Google has finally updated Google Photos to allow this depth editing. We have all of the latest details about the Google Photos iOS update that just was released, so keep reading to learn more about it.

Google Photos iOS Update Adds Depth Editing Features

We are super excited about the new depth editing features that is now found in the Google Photos iOS app. These editing features allow you to do all of the depth editing that you can do with the new iOS devices. Whether you have the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or the new iPad Pro 2018 model, you can now experience depth editing in Google Photos with the older iOS devices. Older iOS devices including the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus do not have these depth editing options as a default option.

One of the new options you will have in Google Photos for iOS is the ability to now adjust the bokeh blur. The bokeh blur is the depth of Portrait mode and it is now standard with the new iOS devices, but older devices did not have a way to adjust that depth.

You can now adjust the depth either after the picture was taken or before the picture is taken. Beyond having the option to adjust the bokeh blur itself, you can also change the focal point. The bokeh effect was something that people already had in Android, so we are happy that this option can now be found in Google Photos for Android.

Google Photos for iOS Brings Many Editing Options for Portrait Mode & More

The new bokeh effect is not the only new change in the Google Photos iOS update either. You will also find Color Pop, which is another new feature added in the iOS app. Color Pop allows you to change the background of a photo to black and white. When you use this feature, the subject of the photo is still going to be in color. So you will have the subject in color, but the background will be black and white.

This is a really cool option because it makes the subject more visible in the photo, which is great if there is a lot of background noise that takes your attention away from the subject. To use this feature, just click on the main subject from within your photo and it will then turn the background to black and white. We are very excited to begin using the Color Pop feature because it allows you to really focus on just one item in your photo, whether that is a person or something else.

How You Can Get new Editing Options in Google Photos iOS App

If you would like to see the new editing options for yourself, you must download the newest version of Google Photos for iOS. You can find the new version live now in Apple’s App Store or you can wait for the update to hit your device automatically. The app itself is free to download.

If you have not tried Google Photos on iOS before, now would be a great chance. Once you have opened the new version of the app, just take a portrait shot and then click on the edit buttons. There are many filters that pop up and Color Pop is one of the first options you will see. You can then click edit once more to see the new depth slider.

After you have tried out the new Google Photos update for iOS, we want to hear what you think about it. Do you like the new editing options available to you in this update? Are you happy that you can now experience the same editing options as those on the new iPad Pro, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR? Tell us in the comments below what else you would like to see come to the iOS version of Google Photos. If you prefer to use another photo app on your iOS device, tell us about that app below.