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Google Photos Camouflage tool comes to Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

A new way to keep the focus on the most important subjects in your photos.

Published onAugust 9, 2022

google pixel 6a in hand landscape
Ryan Haines / Android Authority
  • Google Photos added a new Camouflage tool for Magic Eraser.
  • Camouflage makes distracting colors in your photos blend naturally with the rest of the background.
  • The update was first available on the Pixel 6a and is now out for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

One of the Pixel’s most unique features, Magic Eraser, just received a nifty little update. First appearing on the Pixel 6a, Google Photos has added a new tool to Magic Eraser called “Camouflage.”

Now available on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, this new Camouflage feature allows users to mute distracting colors in their photos. The tool works on everything from old photos to screenshots and more.

If you have one of the Pixel 6 handsets, you can access this feature by going to Google Photos > selecting a picture > tapping the edit tab > scrolling over to the tools tab > selecting Magic Eraser > and tapping on Camouflage. The tool works similar to Magic Eraser where all you need to do is circle the offending object with your finger and the software takes care of the rest.

As you can see in the example above, we used the function on the glasses in this photo. Before using the tool, the glasses were dark red. After using the tool, the glasses turned a dull brown color similar to the color of the desk.

The effect isn’t as drastic as completely erasing an object out of the picture. However, the main point of the Camouflage tool is to neatly blend these distractions into the background. This way you can make sure nothing is stealing attention from the most important elements of your photo.

This isn’t the only useful update Google Photos has received recently. In the last few weeks, Google rolled out an update to Google Photos that adds additional information to every photo. The extra information allows users to see image backup quality and the amount of Google One storage the image is using.

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