Google Photos adds new features to create a 3D and motion effect on images, detecting depth by AI.
There are two features that made Google Photos popular as a cloud image storage service. The first is its unlimited storage and with it already gone, the second is the understanding of images to create automatic edits and personalized memories. Now Google adds new effects to convert images into 3D or more personalized collages for each user.
As the company has announced, with the latest update of Google Photos there will be new features focused on automatic editing and collection of images. Google will automatically make these changes to the photos and suggest saving it as a new photo.
The news comes after Google decided to stop offering unlimited storage in Google Photos for free. It is a decision they said they made because of the large amount of content they stored daily. The change will apply from June 2021 and users have to switch to paid membership when the 15 GB offered in the free plan is exceeded.
3D effect on photos
Without a doubt the most interesting addition of all has to do with the “Cinematic photos” that Google mentions. It is nothing more than adding a three-dimensional effect to the photographs to give them movement and a sense of depth. Google Photos will animate some images by making the subject of the photo larger or move with respect to the background.
To achieve this effect the app will analyze the image and detect where there is supposed to be depth to separate the background from the subject. Once it differentiates both parts, it enlarges and moves the subject slowly to give the 3D effect to the image. This sublime movement of the subject is similar to Ken Burns’ movement in movie animation, hence they call it “Cinematic photos”.
More collages and more personalized collections
Google also adds new designs for your collages, allowing you to generate designs with colors and styles that more closely resemble the photographs in the collage. This will be done automatically by AI. In principle, it will allow you to have backgrounds and typographies more in line with the style of the photographs shown.
On the other hand, there are new themes in Memories. Now certain people will be highlighted more depending on how often they appear in the images. They say that as Google Photos better understands who is important to the user, it will show those people more often. Soon they will also begin to highlight simply things or activities that the user likes, such as pictures of a particular sport or sunsets.