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Yesterday I talked about the Pixel feature drops, the new updates that Google launches for the range Pixel. The first feature drop already, it has reached the Pixel 3 XL and it includes a very interesting and exciting development that arrives to Google Photos. It’s called ‘Blur background’ and allows us to convert almost any picture of people in a photo with portrait mode.
Until now, in the editing options of Google Photos, we could adjust the amount of blur of the portraits shot with the Pixel, but if the photo had not been taken with the portrait mode there was nothing to do. With this option it is possible to apply the blur afterwards, although we took with the auto mode. This is how it works.
How to blur the background of a photo without portrait mode
For the moment, it seems that the option ‘Blur background’ is only coming to the Google Pixel as part of that update or ‘Feature drop’ that we discussed. If you have received it, your Pixel will notify you and will show you a screen like the one you see on these lines, where in addition there are other developments, but let’s focus on the Google Photos.
The first thing to know about ‘Blur background’ is not what we can apply to any photo, but the button to apply the effect only appears in some. We have verified that it works only with photos in which people appear, but not all. For example we have not been activated in full body photos or other in which the face was not well framed. Oh and very important, works with photos taken with any mobile, not just with the Pixel.
If the photo is suitable, on the bottom the button appears with the text ‘Blur background’. When pressed, we let choose the amount of blur and, once set, save a copy of the image. Google Photos apply more or less blurring function of the image and what is true is that it tends to hit quite a bit, but as we said it is possible to adjust it to our liking.
On the result in general is quite good provided we don’t let the blur to the max. There are errors in the trim, especially in areas of hair, but you can get portraits very correct, playing with the amount of blur. Here we leave some examples with before/after:
The news ‘Blur background’ arrives to Google Photos: so you can convert (almost) any picture in portrait mode was originally published in Xataka Android by Amparo Babiloni .
December 10, 2019
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