iOS users have begun receiving the ‘Portrait Depth editing’ mode for the Google Photos app, as reported by The Verge. The upgrade has been confirmed by Google Photos via Twitter, and comes alongside the new ‘Color Pop’ option. Both features have been made available by the latest version of the Google Photos app.
Apple iPhone and iPad users will now be able to edit portrait shots from Google Photos, as users will be able to access both features from the app’s Edit option. This will lead to a toggle bar that appears at the bottom of the camera screen, and indicates the level of depth, light, and colour from the original portrait image.
New to iOS, adjust the background blur and change the focus of your portrait mode photo.
Just pull up a portrait photo in Google Photos, click the editing icon to get to the editing menu, then tap it one more time to edit depth and focus.
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) November 19, 2018
One of the advantages of the features that, for those seeking a Bokeh effect, the app will allow users to reduce the blur of the image background, rather than changing the focus area. This will be based on the depth details as captured by the native iPhone camera app.
Besides this, users can also choose to identify the colour aspects of an image with Color Pop. Through this, iPhone owners will be able to saturate the colour of a subject, and desaturate the background colours to black and white as well. While this feature was previously a part of Assistant within the Google Photos apps, the settings can be adjusted manually. For both features to work, Google has added that iPhone owners must keep the ‘Edit’ option active within the app for Portrait images.