How to Use Google Photos Real Tone Filters

(Pocket-lint) – When Google launched the Pixel 6, it also released 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 found that – most of the time – photos of people with skin colors other than white, regardless of darkness and shade, would often not look the way they should. Often they look contrasting and washed out, or have a green tint.

With Real Tone, the idea is for skin to appear naturally brightened and closer to the appearance of skin with the naked eye. It was initially a Pixel-exclusive feature, but Google has now rolled out the feature to Google Photos on Android, iPhone, and desktop.

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

How to Use Real Tone from Google Photos on Android

Although it is a Google platform, you may find that it takes a little while for the update to appear on your Android phone, however, once you install the version Google Photos update, 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/faders
  4. Swipe the bottom bar on the next screen until you see “Filters”
  5. Select “Filters” and now choose one of the Real Tone options: Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay
  6. Press the filter again to adjust the strength
  7. Press “adjust” to fine-tune other image properties

It is a very easy process to follow if you are not happy with how your skin tone looks from your smartphone camera.

How to Use Real Tone from Google Photos on iPhone

Make sure you have the latest version of Google Photos installed on your iPhone first. We saw the feature appear in version 5.92, but if you check the App Store for updates, you should see it available to 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, it looks like three sliders/faders
  4. Choose “Filters” from the options at the bottom of the screen
  5. Now choose Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay
  6. Tap the chosen filter again to adjust the strength
  7. Press “adjust” to fine-tune other image properties

It’s about as easy as it gets for editing.

How to Use Google Photos Real Tone on Desktop

Of course, you can just access Google Photos from your web browser from Windows, Mac, Chrome OS machine just 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 slider control
  3. It should choose “Color Filters” as the next step by default, 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 the mobile apps, you can fine-tune brightness, contrast and saturation by also tapping the “basic settings” slider icon at the top.

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

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