It looks like Google is testing out a number of new features for its Google Photos app. These features include the previously announced “Color Pop” effect and manual bokeh effect. The company announced the “Color Pop” effect a couple of months back but a wider rollout never took place apart from the effect emerging as a suggestion in the Assistant tab for some people. Taking a closer look at both these effects, the “Color Pop” effect allows the user to select one color in the image while desaturating all other colors.
On the other hand, manual bokeh effect allows users to blurs the background of the image so that they can direct the attention of the viewer to a particular portion or object in the photo. Users can find the manual bokeh option in the “Edits” menu and the “Color Pop” option in the “Filter” menu. According to a report by Android Police, the company seems to be testing out both these effects at the same time because they seem to be based on a similar process. However, the Photos app should be able to understand and segregate the foreground from the background for the manual bokeh effect.
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One thing to note here is that these effects work on regular photos as well. Users do not need to take images in any special mode to ensure that these effects can be applied to the image.
The report did mention that the effect seems to be buggy right now. It also added that “there may be a lot more work” that needs to be done but it is likely that the company will fix the issues in the effects with further testing and updates for a wider roll out.