Google Photos for iOS will let you depth edit portrait photos

Sheri Evans
November 21, 2018

Unfortunately, that same feature isn't available on the older iPhone models, including the iPhone X. At least, not by way of Apple, anyway.

Both Color Pop and depth-of-field editing are rolling out to Google's Photos app now and should be available soon. From now on if you have an iPhone and the newest iteration of Google Photos, pull up a portrait mode picture, tap the editing icon, and then tap it one more time to edit depth and focus through sliders.

The new Google Photo update for iOS not only adds the ability to edit the Portrait Mode depth but also allows you to change the focal point. What are your thoughts on the new Google Photos update for iOS?

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To use the new feature, open a portrait photo on Google Photos and then press the edit button. You can either increase or decrease the bokeh intensity to get the best from your shots. It sits below the usual sliders for Light and Color. You can also tap the background to bring it into focus and blur out the foreground subject for some sort of insane reverse portrait. Users who have anything but an iPhone with an "X" in its name now have a great reason to install a Google app on their iPhone. It puts the blurred background in black and white while keeping the foreground subject in full color.

There isn't a filter in the app that lets you selectively see only Portrait mode photos, but the new option in the Edit menu will be present for any Portrait shot.

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