Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

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 available for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

One of Pixel’s most unique features, Magic Eraser, just got 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 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 phones, you can access this feature by going to Google Photos > selecting an image > tapping the editing tab > navigating to the tools tab > selecting Magic Eraser > tapping Camouflage. The tool works similar to Magic Eraser, where all you need to do is wrap your finger around the offending object and the software takes care of the rest.

As you can see in the example above, we used the feature 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 desktop.

The effect is not as drastic as completely erasing an object from the image. However, the main goal of the Camouflage tool is to perfectly blend these distractions with the background. This way you can make sure that nothing steals the spotlight from the most important elements of your photo.

This isn’t the only useful update Google Photos has received recently. In recent weeks, Google has released an update to Google Photos that adds additional information to each photo. The additional information allows users to see the quality of the image backup and how much Google One storage the image is using.

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