Everyone has old photos that want to digitize, but the quality isn’t that great when taking a picture with the phone’s camera because of the glare and crooked edges. A costly solution is a scanner, but scanning every photo and then adjusting edges and contrast levels is time consuming. Thankfully, Google has created an application that is able to detect edges, straighten the image, rotate it and remove glare. PhotoScan is free to download from the Google Play Store and Apple Store.
After installing the PhotoScan app on your iPhone or Android phone, you will use the device’s camera to capture an old photo in four sections. The application will stitch them together and eliminate glare, then it will make adjustments to make faded photos very colorful, and to align corners if the photo print s bent.
“Today we’re rolling out three easy ways to get great looking photos in Google Photos: a new and improved auto enhance, unique new looks, and advanced editing tools. Open a photo and then tap the pencil icon to start editing. First, for auto enhance, just select Auto, and see instant enhancements a pro editor might make – like balancing exposure and saturation to bring out the details,” said Google in a blog post. PhotoScan includes the following features:
– Additional editing controls (automation and granular controls) for those who prefer to manually edit their photos. The “deep blue” manual option will allow users to give skies and water more color, but it won’t oversaturate the rest of the image, while “skin tone” will correct skin tones.
– The application will be able to automatically generate additional types of video highlights, adding even background music. Initially, images were organized only around location and date, but recently, Google has introduced a new type called “Lullaby”, which will follow a kid growing up, gathering shots from the first day he/she was born.