Google PhotoScan helps you digitize those old instant snaps

Have a few Kodachrome pictures you’d like to keep around in your phone or on Google Photos or iCloud? Maybe Polaroid or Fujifilm had your back way back when — or even now, you hipster.

Well, you can download Google’s new PhotoScan app that can take that colored paper and scan them for high-resolution digital copies. These copies are “glare-free,” as Google boasts and require much less effort and cash than a dedicated scanner.

All it takes is calibrating the your Android device or iPhone to four dots on the picture you want to scan. Presto.

The new app comes hand-in-hand with a Google Photos update that allows for Adobe Lightroom-esque adjustments to color and exposure data and for 12 extra filters.

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Jules Wang
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