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Get portrait mode on any photo

It is a function that has been implemented for a very short time, developed in the latest updates of the app. We have to say that it has not yet reached all devices, mainly because it is a function inherited from the Google Pixel. Under the name ‘Blur Background’, it promises results identical to those obtained by users of the latest generation terminals, so we are going to check the results obtained and how to activate this function.

Google Photos

Blur results in Google Photos

The first detail that we find is that this option only works in portraits, never better said, or in photographs that only include the face of said person. It seems that in full body images, the effect is not applied. However, it can be applied to any photograph taken from any device, which is very useful in the event that the camera of our terminal does not have the compatibility for this portrait mode.

blur google photos

The result is quite remarkable, considering that it is made by software and not from the camera application, where there is usually a photography mode specifically for that objective. It achieves a bokeh effect quite similar to the current levels, leaving the face of the face completely intact. The problem is that it still does not appear in any image, since it must be a fairly clear selfie, both in quality and in distance from the face.

Get portrait mode

With the selfie selected, we will see the option “Blur background” at the bottom of the screen. We press it, and automatically the image goes from being in normal mode to portrait mode, with its corresponding blur or bokeh effect, as we want to call it. It is the recommended option that Google Photos usually suggests to us to improve the photos in an immediate way.

portrait mode google photos

Once the blur option appears and we apply it automatically, we can adjust the intensity manually. We can do it through a sliding bar, which if we modify it, will immediately reflect said change to the photograph. Keep in mind that the app does not always apply the same blur, adapting to the image, to finally save a copy of the original. However, if we choose to adjust it manually, it is advisable to keep the bar in an intermediate zone, taken to the extreme can leave the photo too saturated.