How to use the magic eraser’s cloaking feature

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(Pocket-lint) – There’s a new feature in Google Photos on the Pixel 6 called “Camouflage” and it’s part of the Magic Eraser feature.

It’s currently on the Pixel 6a, but it’s expected to land on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in the coming days – July 28.

For those who aren’t completely up to date with the latest Pixel camera features, the Magic Eraser is one of the delights that Google offers on its devices, allowing you to remove objects from photos with just a tap.

Google isn’t the only one with such a feature, but the implementation through Google Photos is one of the best we’ve seen.

What is Camouflage Magic Eraser?

The idea of ​​camouflage is that instead of removing an element, you make it less distracting.

There are examples of photos you’ve taken where there’s a distinct background element you don’t want – like someone walking on the beach ruining your perfect shot. The Magic Eraser is perfect for cleaning up these images.

However, when the object is in the foreground, or crosses part of your image, the Magic Eraser may not be able to remove it without it being an obvious edit. Think of a bright yellow barrier running across the bottom of your image.

This is where camouflage will come in handy. It will allow you to tone down that part of the photo, removing the color so that it blends into the photo and is less distracting. This allows the subject of the photo to remain the subject and gently hide what you don’t want.

How to Use Camouflage

Once you’ve taken your photo, the magic happens in Google Photos.

  1. Open Google Photos
  2. Select the photo you want to edit, then tap Edit.
  3. Scroll down to Tools and select Magic Eraser.
  4. The application will scan your photo and you can choose between Erase or Camouflage.
  5. If the app offers auto-suggestions, you can tap Camouflage.
  6. If there are no suggestions, you can manually draw over the area you want to mask.

That’s it: it’s a simple process, just like using the Magic Eraser feature, which makes it easy to enhance your photos before you share them.

Written by Chris Hall.

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