Google+ Photo Editor Now Offers HDR Tool

The Google+ photo editor now includes High Dynamic Range (HDR). This feature gives your pictures and images that surreal look. Here’s how it works.

The Google+ photo editor is becoming a quite the complex tool, and includes a lot of features. They allow you to add some spectacular effects and edits to your images. If you want to know more about the other photo editing features that Google+ offers, check out my earlier article on how to use the Google+ editing tools.

HDR in the Google+ Photo Editor

The new High Dynamic Range (HDR) features were announced a few days ago by Google’s Andre Meyer in this post on his Google+ profile. Just like the other Google+ photo editing tools, the HDR ones only work in Google Chrome. If you don’t have it installed, you can always download it from here.

Start by logging in to your Google+ profiles and going to the Photos section as shown below.

Google  HDR

Then, click the photo you want to play with, or you can always upload a new one. I decided to go with an image from one of my local soccer team’s game. After opening the image, click Edit in the top menu.

Google  HDR edit

The Editor’s options will appear on the right side.  HDR Scape can be found by scrolling all the way down.

HDR Photo Editor

Here comes the cool part. If you like using preset filters, you can just click one of the six presets on the top right side. As you can see, the results are quite spectacular.

Google  HDR edit filters

Starting from what any of the presets have done, you can do your own tweaks, using the sliders. You can adjust the strength, brightness and the saturation, too, until the images is just as you want it to be.

Google  HDR presets adjust

You can tweak your image some more by clicking Style (Nature). This will bring up yet another set of options.

Google  HDR style

When you’re done, don’t forget to click Apply, then Done Editing, in order for your changes to be saved.

Now, let’s compare my initial image and the one with HDR Scape.

Google  HDR before

And this is the edited one:

Google  HDR after

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