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Google+ brings power to online photo editing (pictures)

It's still no Lightroom. But Chrome users now can perform sophisticated adjustments to their photos with online tools stemming from Google's Snapseed software. Here's a look at what's possible.

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Google+ photo editing

With an infusion of Snapseed image-editing technology, Google+ has built in a range of options for common photo adjustments and customizable filter effects. The Google+ tilt-shift tool lets you adjust the position and strength of the blurring effect as well as fiddle with contrast, brightness, and saturation. Google has kept a steady emphasis on improving photos for its social-network site, largely replacing the old Picasa Web Albums with Google+.

Click to read more about the new Google+ photography tools.

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Google+ photo editing

Google+ photo editing offers a variety of customizable black-and-white conversion options, including color filters that simulate the behavior of screw-on filters that attach to cameras.
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Google+ photo editing

If you don't want all the photo-editing options Google+ offers, you can also just fiddle with the "auto enhance" settings, which start from Google's estimation of how to improve your photo.
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Google+ photo editing

To change a specific region of a photo, Google+ uses control points that can change brightness, saturation, and contrast for a circular region. The effects fade gradually to avoid abrupt edges.
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Google+ photo editing

Control points are tied to a specific color, so you can for example click to place one in the blue sky, drag the size slider to make it fill the whole screen, then drag the brightness slider to darken only the sky.
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Google+ photo editing

The control points let you adjust specific regions of an image, for example increasing the brightness in this shadowy region. The green ring around the dot indicates that brightness has been increased. You can move, duplicate, and delete control points.
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Google+ photo editing

The Center Focus filter lets you darken and blur the periphery of an image, brighten the center, and change the point of focus. It comes with a number of presets as well.
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Google+ photo editing

If you're on the fence, you can undo and redo editing changes or revert all the way back to the original photo.

Click to read more about the new Google+ photography tools.

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