Google Photos wants to help you make Father’s Day movies
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Google Photos wants to help you celebrate Father’s Day (June 18) with some homemade movies. Similar to the Mother’s Day video feature it rolled out earlier in the year, the Google Photos Father’s Day function helps you pool together family snaps to create a compilation video.
Google says you can “Make one for yourself, the father of your children, or your own dad,” though the first option among those sounds quite tragic. Head to http://ift.tt/2rs46aM and sign in and get started.
Once you’re logged in, you can select an image of your father from your pictures (Google doesn’t discriminate here, you can select anybody that you have a photo of), and then select the photos of children which will appear alongside him in the video. Next, click the “Go to Assistant” button to render the video.
When it’s done, your Father’s day vid will appear in the Assitant menu (you’ll see the button at the top left of the page on desktop, or bottom left on mobile) and from there you can download it or share it immediately to a social network.
It’s a sweet idea, and though the process is mostly automatic, it’s guaranteed to have a personal feel because it’s based on your own family photos. Of course, these need to be uploaded and available on Google Photos to begin with, and your mileage will vary depending on how many appropriate photos you have.
Further, you will need to use Photo’s recent “Face Grouping” feature to make use of the service, and, somewhat disappointingly, this hasn’t yet rolled out in all regions — users without access to it will have to create their own collages or animations (also found in the Assitant menu).
If you’re yet to get on board with Google Photos, grab the latest version via the link below.
Auto archive photos
June 5: In the previous update, Google added the option of archiving images in Photos, which removes them from the main image feed. The feature just got a lot smarter, as Assistant is now capable of suggesting the images it thinks you might be interested in archiving.
The feature mostly focuses on documents found in your photo library, which you probably don’t look at every day. A notification will pop up when Assistant finds appropriate images in the gallery, which you can then review. If there are any images included that you don’t want to archive, you can simply unselect them and they will stay in the main image feed. The final step is to just tap on the archive button and the images that are selected will be moved to the Archive folder you can access from the navigation panel.
May 25: This update added the option of removing pictures from the main Photos tab without deleting them. It’s a useful feature to have and very simple to use, as all you have to do is tap and hold on an image and select the “Archive” option that appears in the top right corner. You can then access all the images from the new Archive menu option that’s in the navigation panel.
April 13: In version 2.13, Google Photos introduced an impressive video stabilization feature that makes your shaky videos a little bit nicer to watch. The feature is available in the Videos tab of the Albums section. For any given video, tap on the pencil icon to edit it and then pick the Stabilize option. There is some warping and other artifacts in some cases, but the video stabilization is actually quite good, so make sure to give it a try. You can check out a demo of the feature in action here.
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