Ryan Haines

Google Magic Eraser lets you easily remove distractions from images

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Google has finally unveiled its Pixel 6 line, complete with the most advanced camera setup to date. You’ll find a 50MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but Google’s new software features have created the most hype. Specifically, we are talking about the new Magic Eraser function, but what is it and how exactly does it work?

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What is Magic Eraser and how does it work?

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Magic Eraser is a brand new photo editing tool that allows you to eliminate unwanted distractions from your photos. It works on anything from annoying photo bombers to messy backgrounds and more. If you have a great photo with an unfortunate ex partner, you can get rid of them too.

The way Magic Eraser works is that Google will automatically suggest first the items it thinks you’ll want to remove when you edit an image. You can then tap on additional items to remove or ignore Google and keep some of its suggestions. Once an item is removed, Google will use artificial intelligence to fill in the blank with what it expects to be there.

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One of the best use cases for the magic eraser is if you have an image that is clearly focused on one or two people. Google Photos will recognize that group, then suggest removing all other people in the image. There’s no need to spend hours cleaning things up in Snapseed or Lightroom.

Perhaps best of all, Magic Eraser isn’t just exclusive to photos taken with the Pixel 6 series. You can apply it to any photo in your library, whether you took it today or years ago.

We’ll have to wait and see how Magic Eraser works in practice, so check back once we’ve had some hands-on time with the Pixel 6 cameras.

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