Initially, Google Photos was launched to help users organize media and make their photos/videos library more manageable. However, over the years Google has expanded Photos to become much more. It helps its users edit pictures, share them across different platforms, and relive their best memories.
Now, to take things up a notch, the search engine giant has announced 3D Cinematic Photos along with some other fun features.
The newly announced feature attempts to replicate what the user sees in real life while taking the picture.
According to the announcement, Google has used “machine learning to predict an image’s depth and produce a 3D representation of the scene—even if the original image doesn’t include depth information from the camera.”
As of now, very few smartphone cameras have a depth sensor. Hence, Google has trained its ARCore and the Portrait Mode Pixel’s Camera app to calculate depth information from flat input. Google Photos uses the same algorithm to separate the background from the image’s subject, as shown in the tweet.
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) December 15, 2020
The subject is enlarged to take up most of the vertical screen as part of a “smooth panning effect.”
Even if you don’t manually create cinematic photos, Google will create them for you and surface them in the “Recent highlights” section at the top of the app. These images will be saved in your library and will be shareable as well.
Apart from this, Google is also adding more collage designs that feature “richer, artistically designed layouts populated and stylized using AI.”
Both the new features will roll out to all the users worldwide over the next month.