Google Photos gets new 'Sharpen' and 'Denoise' photo editing effects
Google Photos has been one of the most popular gallery apps on Android, pre-loaded on many Android phones. Google redesigned the user interface (UI) for the photo editor built into the app, when the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 phones launched last year. The company has recently added new Sharpen and Denoise tools to the photo editing suite as well.
Features are available under the 'Adjust' tab in Google Photos
To access the features, open an image using the Google Photos app. Then Tap on the Edit button. Navigate to the Adjust tab and scroll to the far right of the carousel. The new Sharpen and Denoise features have been added between the Pop and Vignette options. The new features will also be marked with a yellow dot to indicate that they are new.
Both image processing gimmicks are reportedly 'not too accurate'
Both the features can be controlled using sliders that reportedly range from zero to 100. As the name suggests, Sharpen enhances the edge definition on blurry or slightly out-of-focus regions in a picture. Denoise works to smoothen grainy images. 9to5Google reported that in the brief testing that it conducted, the effects were "very apparent and not too accurate" at maximum intensity.
Updated features will come to most Android devices soon
As expected, the feature update has begun rolling out to Google Pixel devices first. 9to5Google reported that the feature would soon see a wider roll-out for Android phones via an update. The update isn't yet available on iOS or the web version of Google Photos. Additionally, the search giant told 9to5Google that a Google One subscription isn't mandatory to use Sharpen and Denoise.
Google One features aren't paywalled for Pixel device users
Recently, Google paywalled certain editing features within the Google Photos app such as the Dynamic preset and HDR adjustment. To unlock these features, one requires a Google One subscription that starts at Rs. 130 per month. However, paywalled features are unlocked by default on Google Pixel phones and could make beautiful images paired with the Google Camera app's remarkable image processing.