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7 Google Photos tips for perfecting your pics on Pixel 7

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Our new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have incredible cameras for capturing your memories, but snapping a photo is just the beginning. We all want to get our photos looking just right to share them and reminisce. Thanks to advances in machine learning, Google Photos is packed with powerful editing features that are a breeze to use.

Here are seven tips to get your photos — both new ones taken on a Pixel 7 and old ones from past years (and phones) — looking picture-perfect with Google Photos on Pixel 7.

1. Fix blurry shots with Photo Unblur

Bring your blurry photos back into focus with just a few taps using Photo Unblur, a brand-new feature only on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Photo Unblur removes blur and visual noise so you can relive the moment as clearly as you remember it. Best of all, it even works on pictures in your library taken with a different phone or camera and scanned images.

Before and after animation of a picture with Photo Unblur applied to it.

2. Get rid of distractions with Magic Eraser

Magic Eraser, which was introduced last year, can detect distractions in your photos — like photobombers in the background, power lines and power poles. Just a few taps to remove them and, poof, gone. You can also circle or brush what you want to remove. No need to be precise — Magic Eraser will figure out what you’re trying to remove.

Before and after animation of a picture with background distractions removed using Magic Eraser

Bonus Magic Eraser tip: Don’t want to remove a distraction entirely, but want it to blend in a bit more? Use Camouflage in Magic Eraser to change the color of distracting objects in your photo. In just a few taps, the object’s colors and shading blend in naturally with the rest of the photo.

3. Make your subject stand out with Portrait blur

Portrait mode in the Pixel Camera can really make your subject shine. But what if you forgot to use it when snapping a picture or you want to edit a picture from the past? With Portrait blur, Google Photos can intelligently blur the background on photos of people — plus pets, food, flowers and more — post-snap.

Before and after animation of a picture of a butterfly on a flower with Portrait blur added to it.

4. Improve the lighting on faces with Portrait light

A good portrait can be hard to capture, especially if the lighting isn’t quite right or you took the photo with an older phone or camera. Use Portrait light to easily improve the lighting on faces, and you can even adjust the light position and brightness to customize your look.

Before and after animation of a selfie picture with Portrait light applied to it.

5. Bring balance to your photos with the HDR effect

If you’ve got older pictures with a dark foreground and bright background (or vice versa), it can be hard to make out all the details in the shot. Enter the HDR effect to help balance things out — enhancing the brightness and contrast across the image so you can soak in every detail.

Before and after animation of a picture of a mountain with the HDR edit applied to it.

6. Change up the mood and tone of your sunset pics with sky suggestions

Chances are you’ve got quite a few sunset photos in your library that didn’t quite capture the beauty of what you saw in the moment. How do you revive it and make it stand out from all the rest? Use sky suggestions to put your own creative twist on your golden hour images. Select from several palettes that adjust the color and contrast of the sky to change up the mood and tone of your pic to get it ready to share.

Before and after animation of a picture of a sunset with a sky edit applied to it.

7. Use the collage editor to make shareable creations

Make creative, shareable collages with the new collage editor. Pick up to six photos and select from more than 50 designs available to Pixel users. You can easily rearrange the layout with simple drag-and-drop controls and even edit each photo in the collage individually to get just the right look.

Animation showing various styles available in the collage editor in Google Photos.

Get creative and mix and match all of these features to create a stunning image that’s ready to share. Remove a photobomber in the background, then combine Photo Unblur, Portrait light and Portrait blur to create a fresh image that gives your memory new life.

Before and after animation of a picture with Photo Unblur, Magic Eraser, Portrait light and Portrait blur applied to it.

With Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, all the tools you need to perfect your photos or put a creative spin on them are right in Google Photos. Get to editing and share your best creations on social with the hashtag #FixedOnPixel.

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