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Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future

Google Photos is a home for all your photos and videos, but what about those old prints that are some of your most treasured memories? Photos of grandma when she was young, the home you grew up in, and that hairstyle you wish you could forget.

We all have those old albums and boxes of photos, but we don’t take the time to digitize them because it’s just too hard to get it right. We don’t want to mail away our original copy, buying a scanner is costly and time consuming and if you try to take a photo of a photo, you end up with crooked edges and glare.

We knew there had to be a better way, so we’re introducing PhotoScan, a brand new, standalone app from Google Photos that easily scans just about any photo, free, from anywhere. Get it today for Android and iOS.

A video that shows the importance of photos throughout history

PhotoScan gets you great looking digital copies in a snap - it finds the edges, straightens the image, and removes glare. Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed up at high quality -- for free.

Pro edits, no pro needed

After all that time in the attic, your photos might need a few polishes. Hey, you might even want to edit that selfie from this morning. Getting the right look can take a few tries and with so many editing tools it’s tough to know where to begin.

Today we’re rolling out three easy ways to get great looking photos in Google Photos: refreshed auto enhance, unique new looks, and advanced editing tools. First, for refreshed auto enhance, just select “Auto,” and see instant enhancements a pro editor might make - balancing exposure and saturation to bring out the details.

Second, our unique new looks will take style to the next level, just try one of our 12 looks which make edits based on the individual photo and its brightness, darkness, warmth, or saturation, before applying the style. All looks use machine intelligence to complement the content of your photo, and choosing one is just a matter of taste.

A picture of a lady walking along with her dog. The photo keeps changing as edits are applied to it.

Third, our advanced editing controls for Light, Color, Pop, and Style allow you to fine tune your photos. Deep Blue is particularly good for images where the color blue is the focal point, such as the sea and sky, and other tools help you to adjust for shadows on people’s faces.

The new Google Photos app with the new photo editor will begin rolling out today across Android, iOS and the web. Just in time for your next set of holiday memories.