One of the many cool things Google announced at its Google I/O event includes several new features on Google+ Photos – Auto Enhance, Highlight and awesome Auto Awesome editing tools within Google+ Photos. First up, Auto Enhance well, will automatically enhance your photos such as adjust the exposure, soften skin, minimize wrinkles, reduce noise and such, so your pictures are perfect before you share them on Google+.
Using Highlight, Google will automatically select the best pictures in an album and highlight it to you. This means that it will only pick out unique and clear shots, hiding away all the blurry and duplicated ones. Highlight can also recognize smiling faces and highlight those, minimizing the effort on your side to pick out the best photos to share.
Finally Auto Awesome is as its name suggest, awesome, to me at least. Auto Awesome can automatically create collage, HDR, panorama, smile and motion GIF images. This means that if you have a continuous shot of your pet running towards you, Auto Awesome will group those images together to create an animated GIF for you. All these editing tools are reversible by the way, so if you don’t want an enhanced image or the stitched panorama picture, you can easily revert back to the original picture.
Now, Google’s move to integrate the storage space from Gmail, Google+ Photos and Drive suddenly makes so much more sense. Google+ Photos now allows you to automatically upload camera shots into it in full resolution however, I have a feeling that 15GB will not be enough. If you use Google+ Photos, do downsize your picture to smaller than 2,048 pixels so that they don’t count towards that storage limit.
Visit Google+ Photos to test out the new features now.