New Google employee John Nack took to Google+ this morning to announce a handful of new features coming to the photos area of Google’s social network. Nack was a former Adobe team member, Photoshop evangelist, and blogger prior to joining Google back in February. In his post, Nack announced that Google+ on the web now supports the ability to edit your previous edits and has received some new Auto-Awesome features.
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Firstly, now when you open a photo in the lightbox view to edit it, all of your edits will appear in the bottom right corner of the toolbar. Each edit you make appears there in order, which allows you to easily adjust individual effects, remove them entirely, or apply them to other photos. This feature is similar to how Photoshop makes edits in layers.
- Suppose you want to re-crop a photo but leave the other effects alone. Or keep your choice of frames, but turn up the brightness and contrast.
- Now you can, and you don’t have to start from scratch. Just open your photo in the Chrome editor, click on “Edits,” and you’ll be able to adjust the edits you’ve already made.
- When you settle on a look you really like, you can also copy those edits and apply them to another photo.
Nack also announced a new Auto Awesome utility called Effects. This feature allows you to apply effects to your photos to make them “pop.” Specifically, Nack points to using this feature with city and landscape images.
Now when you upload a land or cityscape photo, Effects can stylize your image to make the subject really pop. You can enjoy the new photo as is, or open the editor to make further adjustments. Either way it’s easy (and fun!).
The features are rolling out to Google+ Photos today, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.