Google Photos started as the default gallery app on Android and eventually became a one-stop solution for backing up media files, editing images and videos, and creating beautiful memories. Google Photos’ editing capabilities have evolved to a point where the majority don’t need a separate photo editing app to make small adjustments. Most Google Photos editing features are limited to Android or iOS apps, so you won’t find the same features on Google Photos for web on Windows, Mac, ChromeOS.
Not every Google Photos editing feature is available for free accounts. Some Google Photos editing features carry a colorful circular icon, which requires an active Google One subscription. You must subscribe to one of the Google One plans to unlock more storage and editing features.
1. Enhance your photos
Google Photos has a default Suggestions tab that offers editing options based on an image. You can check suggestions like Luminous, Radiant, Stormy, B&W Portrait and Color Pop to make changes with a single tap.
- Launch Google Photos on your phone and select an image you want to edit.
- Type Edit on the bottom.
- Try the suggestions to improve your photo.
- We have the Color Pop proposal. Check out the final image in the screenshot below.
Dozens of photo editing suggestions can overwhelm you. If you are unsure which option to use, type the Improve button and let Google Photos make relevant adjustments to enhance an image.
2. Try Google Photos filters
Filters have become a norm for gallery apps, and Google Photos is no exception.
- Open the Google Photos editing menu (refer to the steps above).
- Scroll left to the Filters menu.
- Check the available filters to use. Tap a filter to check the live preview.
- Filters are set to 100% intensity. You can tap the same filter button to adjust it with a slider.
3. Crop or rotate a photo
Want to remove your annoying friend who makes a weird face in a photo? You can easily crop or rotate a photo in Google Photos.
- Open an image in Google Photos and tap the Edit button.
- Choose Washed and tap the first rectangle icon to check the available aspect ratios.
- Tap the third icon to manually crop an image to your preference.
You cannot resize an image in Google Photos. The company should add the feature in a future update.
Google Photos has several tools to change the appearance of the sky, apply a blur effect, remove unnecessary objects from an image and enhance portraits.
- Open the Google Photos editing menu (see the steps in the first section).
- Scroll to the Tools menu.
- Select an instrument.
The available tools are:
- Portrait light: Adjust the position and brightness of portraits.
- Faded: Add a background blur to your images. You can adjust the depth and blur intensity.
- Magic eraser: Remove photobombs from images. It is limited to a few devices.
- Color focus: Saturate the background and keep the foreground in color.
- Heaven: Select several palettes to adjust the color and contrast of the sky.
5. Adjust photos
With Google Photos, you can adjust saturation, shadows, skin tone, white point, HDR, contrast and more.
- Select an image in Google Photos and tap the Edit button.
- Scroll horizontally Adapt.
- Select the option you want to customize. Use the slider to adjust the intensity.
You will have a lot of fun once you know how to use all the tools. For example, the Saturation tool is a great way to create eye-catching food photos.
6. Annotate or add text to photos
Google Photos has a dedicated markup tool for adding annotations and text to images. You can also use a highlighter to highlight important details in an image.
- Go to the editing interface in Google Photos (refer to the steps above).
- Choose Remark and then select Pen, Relieveror Text.
- You have seven color options to choose from. However, you cannot change the thickness of the pen and highlighter.
- Tap the Save copy button once you make changes.
7. Export a frame from a video
Google Photos’ video editing features are mostly identical to photos. With the Google Photos export frame feature, you don’t need to press the shutter button while taking videos. The app suggests top shots in a video to easily locate and execute a frame. Follow the steps below to check it in action.
- Open any video in Google Photos.
- Play the video or use the timeline slider to jump to a specific part. You may see white dots above the video slider. It suggests top shots in a video.
- Tap a white dot and select Perform top shots.
- Choose Export frame and save the image in the camera folder.
- Use the video timeline below to export any video frame to your phone gallery.
- Go to the Library menu and make the Camera guide to check your exported frame.
Google Photos also shows editing suggestions based on the photo or video. You need to upload media to the Google Photos servers for it to scan the image and show suggestions accordingly.
8. Stabilize your shaky video
If your phone doesn’t have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), you might end up with shaky videos. Shooting videos in dark scenarios is challenging without OIS or gimble stabilization. You also get blurry videos due to shaky hands. Google Photos has a neat add-on to stabilize such videos on the go.
- Open any video in Google Photos.
- Tap the Edit button at the bottom.
- Tap the rectangle icon and let Google Photos stabilize the video.
It may take some time to complete the stabilization process. The estimated time depends on your phone’s CPU power. Once the video stabilization is complete, tap the Save copy button in the lower right corner.
9. Edit the date and time
If you want to change the date and time of a photo or video, you can easily do so in Google Photos.
- Open any photo or video in Google Photos.
- Tap on the kebab menu (three dots) in the top right corner.
- Tap the pencil icon next to the date and time.
- Select the date or time from the bottom menu and make adjustments.
When you change the date, the application adjusts the day accordingly.
Google Photos is more than enough for most of us
After the development on Snapseed slowed down, Google gradually brought its features to Google Photos. Besides editing images, you can create new collages and movies and even hide confidential media in a Closed folder.