Apple introduced the ability to alter the depth effect in a Portrait mode photo in the iPhone XS lineup, the iPhone XR, and the new iPad Pro family.
Unfortunately, that same feature isn’t available on the older iPhone models, including the iPhone X. At least, not by way of Apple, anyway. As was first reported by The Verge (following a tweet made by the official Google Photos account) on Monday, the feature is now available on those older handsets courtesy of Google. Specifically, the Google Photos app. If you use Google Photos and you have the iPhone X, iPhone 8, or 8 Plus, you can now edit the blur effect on photos, and also change the focal point in the photo you are editing.
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
The new Google Photos update also brings with it a “Color Pop” feature. This will change the background of an image to black-and-white, while the image in the foreground will be colorful.
The new features are available now for Google Photos on iOS. If you already own the app, make sure you’re running the most updated version. If you don’t already have Google Photos installed, you can find a link to download and install the app below. It’s free.
- Google Photos — Free
[via The Verge]