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Google’s Magic Editor and Other AI Tools Now Free for Google Photos Users

Google makes fancy photo editing tools (Magic Eraser, Magic Editor) free for all Google Photos users (with some device limits).


has announced the expansion of its AI-powered photo editing tools, previously exclusive to Pixel devices and Google One subscribers, to all Google Photos users at no additional cost. The suite of advanced editing features, including the Magic Editor, will become accessible to a wider audience, marking a significant enhancement in how users can manipulate their photos. Starting from May 15, the rollout of these features is expected to reach all users over the ensuing weeks, subject to certain device requirements.

Enhanced Editing Capabilities

Among the newly available tools, the Magic Editor stands out for its ability to conduct complex photo edits using technology. Initially launched with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, this tool enables users to make significant alterations to their photos, such as adjusting the sky's color, removing unwanted background elements, and repositioning subjects, all with remarkable ease and precision. Other features being made available include the Magic Eraser for removing objects from photos, Photo Unblur for sharpening images, and Portrait Light for adjusting lighting effects post-capture. Additional tools such as Sky suggestions, Color pop, HDR effect, Portrait Blur, and Cinematic Photos, along with Styles in the Collage Editor and Video Effects, are also part of the update.

Device Requirements and Access Limitations

To access these features, users must meet specific device requirements. On ChromeOS, devices need to be Chromebook Plus with ChromeOS version 118+ or have a minimum of 3GB RAM. Mobile devices must run on 8.0 or higher or iOS 15 or higher. While all Pixel devices will gain access to Magic Editor, iOS and Android users will be limited to 10 Magic Editor saves per month unless they subscribe to a Premium Google One plan with 2TB of storage or more. Despite these limitations, the expansion significantly democratizes access to professional-grade photo editing capabilities, previously the domain of specialized software like Photoshop.

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 2:29 pm CEST

Luke Jones
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