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Google PhotoScan Makes Digitization Easy

Google PhotoScan Makes Digitization Easy
Google is waging war on boxes of old photographs with an app that digitizes images and removes glare.

(CCM) — Google has launched a new app called PhotoScan, which makes it easy to digitize photographs quickly and without the need for a scanner. The standalone app for iOS and Android detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation and, most importantly, removes the glare associated with photographs of photographs taken with a digital camera or smartphone. It does this by taking a reference photograph and four extra pictures from slightly different positions. This ensures that every part of the original will be captured unobscured by glare in at least one of the new pictures. The app then matches between 500 and 5,000 common feature points that it detects on each new picture, compensates for any slight differences in the angle that the camera was held at between pictures, and then creates a single new composite image that contains no parts that are obscured by glare.

The company is also rolling out three new ways to edit photographs stored in Google Photos. These include a new "auto enhance" feature that balances exposure and saturation, 12 new "styles" that can be applied to pictures, and advanced editing controls for light and color to allow users to fine-tune the appearances of their images.

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