How to use Google Photos Real Tone filters?

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(Pocket-lint) – When Google launched the Pixel 6, it also rolled out a new camera feature called Real Tone. The idea being that it would offer a more natural result for a number of different skin tones.

Google finds that, most of the time, photos of people whose skin color isn’t white, regardless of light intensity or undertone, don’t always look the way they want. They often looked very contrasting and washed out, or had a green tint.

With Real Tone, the idea is to give the skin a naturally lit appearance, closer to the appearance of the skin with the naked eye. This was originally a Pixel-exclusive feature, but Google has now extended it to Google Photos on Android, iPhone, and desktop.

There are five new True Tone Filters called Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert and Clay. Here’s how to use them on all your devices:

How to Use Google Photos Real Tone Filter on Android?

Although this is a Google platform, it may take a while for the update to appear on your Android phone. However, once the updated version of Google Photos is installed, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Google Photos app
  2. Choose the selfie/portrait you want to apply the filter to.
  3. Hit “edit” in the toolbar – it looks like three sliders/dimmers.
  4. Drag down the bottom bar of the next screen until you see “Filters”.
  5. Select “Filters” and choose one of the true tone options: Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay.
  6. Tap the filter again to adjust its intensity.
  7. Press “adjust” to adjust other image properties.

This is a very simple procedure to follow if you are unhappy with the way your skin tone is rendered by your smartphone camera.

How to Use Google Photos Real Tone on iPhone?

First make sure you have installed the latest version of Google Photos on your iPhone. The feature first appeared in version 5.92, but if you check the updates on the App Store, you should see it available for download.

  1. Open the Google Photos app
  2. Choose the selfie/portrait you want to apply the filter to.
  3. Tap the edit icon in the bottom bar, which looks like three sliders/dimmers.
  4. Choose “Filters” from the options at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Now choose Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay.
  6. Tap again on the filter you have chosen to adjust its intensity.
  7. Select “adjust” to adjust other image properties.

It’s as simple as that for editing.

How to Use Google Photos Real Tone on Desktop?

Of course, you can access Google Photos from your web browser on a Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS computer by going to photos.google.com. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open the selfie or portrait you want to apply the filter to.
  2. Tap the “Edit” icon which looks like a three-cursor control.
  3. The default next step should be “Color Filters”. If not, click on it at the top left of the sidebar.
  4. Now choose one of the filters powered by Real Tone: Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay.
  5. Adjust the slider to increase or decrease the intensity of the filter.

Of course, as with mobile apps, you can fine-tune brightness, contrast, and saturation by tapping the “basic settings” slider icon at the top of the screen.

Written by Cam Bunton. Edited by Britta O’Boyle.

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