How many times have you played with a photo over and over trying to get it to look just right? Maybe if you crop this edge in just a little tighter? Or if you boost the contrast here while also desaturating colors? It can take so much work optimizing your edits that it almost feels like a shame when you finally commit to them; what if you want to change something further? Thankfully, Google Photos is making the image-editing process a lot more forgiving, as the app’s latest update introduces fully reversible, non-destructive edits that can be undone whenever you like.
Last summer, Google overhauled how users viewed and edited their pics on Android, moving the old Google+ Photos over to a new Photos app. While that transition resulted in a lot of positive change, it also meant losing some powerful features – like reversible edits. With today’s new Google Photos 1.17 update, we finally see that ability make its triumphant return.
You can return to previous edits and tweak them, or undo them entirely, all without having to save entire new copies of a pic each time you change something.
This is just the latest feature we’ve seen Google bring to Photos this month, following the arrival of automatic album creation last week, iOS Live Photos and Split View support a few weeks back, and an Android UI tweak that sought to improve navigation within the app. Does all this speak to a renewed interest from Google in fleshing out the feature set for Photos? If further updates prove to be as useful as today’s edit-undo support, we hope that Google doesn’t slow down its pace anytime soon.