Speaking of photos, Google+ launched new editing tools this week to help you customize your images. Powered by Snapseed, these tools have been available on its Android and iOS apps, and now they’re coming to desktop.
With the new integration, you’ll now be able to customize and fine tune the adjustments made by Auto Enhance, which already improves the quality of the photos you add to Google+. You’ll also be able to make edits to specific parts of your image using Selective Adjust — now you can make your product photos even more enticing to viewers.
It seems like almost every photo service has adopted filters now, and Google+ is no different. This update also added filters like Vintage, Drama, Retrolux, and Black and White so you can give your photos a new look. If your image is lacking something, try giving it a frame for the finishing touch.
To give the new editing tools a try, you’ll need to open one of your photos in Chrome and click on “Edit” in the lightbox. If you’re not using Chrome, you can still crop and rotate your photos in Google+ — in fact, the company is making basic editing options easier to find by placing them right next to the “Edit” button.
These updates are rolling out gradually, so you might not have access to them right away. Google+’s announcement comes just hours after Facebook introduced larger image sizes for its ad products. While Snapseed’s editing tools on Google+ won’t be used in ads, it’s still worthwhile to share high quality images regardless of which social network you’re using. This is especially important for businesses that rely on visuals, such as food, travel, and fashion services.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.