Whilst it still doesn’t enjoy the ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter, Google+ is a great social network for photographers. Free from the noise of the other networks, Google have quietly but steadily improved Google Plus over the years, and it’s just got even better with a whole host of new photo-editing options.
The majority of the new features will only work if you’re using Google Chrome as your web browser (a pretty good choice of browser anyway). The functionality of the new features are taken from Snapseed from NIK software (now owned by Google). Snapseed made it onto our list of the best photography apps for iPad.
Once you uploaded your photo select edit from the top menu and you are presented with the options shown in the screenshot below. Choose from the options on the right-hand side, the basic adjustments are at the top, where you can control brightness, contrast, saturation, cropping etc. Beneath these are the ‘creative’ adjustment panels, offering black and white conversions, Instagram-style filters, framing etc.
Below is a shot I quickly edited with the new tools, namely some contrast and saturation boosts in the basic adjustments, then a vintage filter from the creative panels. Whilst these features will never be able to compete with fully-featured desktop software like Lightroom and Photoshop, I can see them being a hit with the casual user, the new tools are very user-friendly, and way beyond anything Facebook or Twitter can currently offer.
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If you’re a Google Plus user, why not give the new features a try, you can also find Photophique on Google+ for all the latest photography news.