Google’s PhotoScan app now automatically removes glare from old photos

Apr 25, 2017

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Google’s PhotoScan app now automatically removes glare from old photos

Apr 25, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Printing the photos gains popularity even in the digital age, and it undoubtedly has many advantages. Still, if you want to reverse the process and turn an old print into digital format, Google’s PhotoScan now makes it easier than ever.

The app now makes it possible to make the photos glare-free without taking multiple images. You can take a snap of a print, and the app will remove the glare from the single photo, in one tap.

When you photograph glossy prints, those covered by glass, or by plastic from the photo album, you’ll inevitably end up with some glare. PhotoScan previously required users to take five photos from different angles, and the app would merge them into a single, glare-free image. This process only worked on flat images, though, so Google corrected the warping with optical flow – a computer graphics representation for motion. Still, you needed to snap multiple photos to get one without glare.

The latest update allows you to turn an old print from paper to digital using only one photo and your smart device. The smart algorithm does the rest, removing the glare and calculating the colors and other parameters. Therefore, all you need now is take one shot, and post some of the old memories to social networks or store them digitally wherever you like.

I really wanted to run a few test shots for you, but my ancient phone doesn’t seem to support the latest update. But if you’d like to share your old memories digitally (and have a newer phone and a tablet than I do), you can check out the app on Google Play Store and iTunes.

[via Wired; photo credits: Google Blog]

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5 responses to “Google’s PhotoScan app now automatically removes glare from old photos”

  1. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    does anyone have any samples for us to see how well it works?

    1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
      Dunja Đuđić

      I really wanted to test it out, but neither my phone or tablet support it. If anyone comes up with some test shots, I’d also love to see them!

  2. John Shark Avatar
    John Shark

    Next news…Google invents time travel and teleportation… oh yeah and mind control too

  3. Bob Canning Avatar
    Bob Canning

    I have scanned tons of photos with this, it works well

  4. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    Wicked, going to play store now… Thanks