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PhotoScan by Google

Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future

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Ben Tossell
Excuse my language but this is shit-hot Great choice of background music in the video too 🔥
Ryan Hoover
@bentossell "People took REAL photos, printed on actual paper."
Will Schwarz
@rrhoover @bentossell There was a time when pictures didn't move?!
Ben Tossell
@rrhoover wtf is that?!
Hugo Fauquenoi
@bentossell Took me a while to remember the song!
Tamas Ratkai
@rrhoover @bentossell OMG this just sounds so unreal! :D:D:D Like before the cars people were riding horses. Funny as hell!
Bryant Peng
@bentossell Xaphoon's definitey getting a big royalty check
Ross Rojek
@rrhoover @bentossell You kids make me feel old. Get off my lawn before I go back in the house and pick up my phone that's attached to a wall and call the police.
Joshua Dance
So this is not available yet?
David Lieb
@joshdance It's rolling out now on both app stores
Nikunj Kothari
Amazing, love love the video! @dflieb any reason this is put in a standalone app instead of integrated with Google Photos? Do we expect to see more standalone apps from Google Photos?
Wojtek Witkowski
@nikunj @dflieb Classic Google. Probably a different team working on each app.
David Lieb
@nikunj We think that scanning photos isn't something you'll do daily -- it's more like something you'll do a handful of times when you get access to the printed photos. So it didn't make much sense to incorporate directly into Google Photos. Plus, this lets us offer PhotoScan to people who aren't yet using Google Photos.
William Pitcher
@nikunj @dflieb probably because you don't need it nearly as often as a regular photos app.
David Lieb
@nikunj We'll do separate apps if/when it makes sense, but no specific plans atm.
David Lieb
@dubstrike @nikunj Nope, it's us :)
Nikunj Kothari
@dflieb That makes sense. I really liked Motion Stills and saw you recently integrated that with the main app. My initial thought was Google Photos is going to build standalone apps and then integrate with the main app as they become popular which is why I asked the question. Similar to what Instagram is doing with Boomerang and Layout
David Lieb
@nikunj Yeah, I think if we saw a large overlap b/w PhotoScan users and Google Photos users, we'll at least think about a tighter integration. But only if we think it's good for users.
Adrian Salamunovic
@dflieb can we discuss a partnership with my company ? We've done integrations with Microsoft freshpaint and 500px in the past. I think a partnership would be great.
Mariana Montes de Oca
How was this not a thing already? bye iPhone, I like where this pixel is going.
Tom Klaver
@heymarimon They released it for iPhone and Android haha
Matt Gardner
Does the Play Store link fail for anyone else?
David Lieb
@thatmattgardner It's rolling out, so might take a bit
Logan Chadde
@thatmattgardner should be available now:
Matt Gardner
@loganchadde Thanks!
Lewis Holland
@dflieb awesome video and looking forward to using it!.
Tom Bielecki
Pretty cool! I wonder if it works on documents too, I know that's not an intended use case though. What it does: • Detects edges to rotate and correct perspective • Removes glare What it doesn't do: • Remove dust and scratches I'm still waiting for Google Photos/Snapseed to get some kind of noise reduction
David Lieb
@tombielecki Dust and scratches are definitely things we're studying.
Tom Bielecki
@dflieb Last week I was scanning photos and trying to recover them in Photoshop. The "Dust & Scratches" tool worked surprisingly well. The other major step was removing fading.
@tombielecki I like to use Office Lens for documents and whiteboard:
@dflieb @tombielecki This would be amazing, look into reading the IR channel :)!
Wayne Lewis Jr.
@airlikidh2 @tombielecki Or CamScanner -- One of the original whiteboard scanning apps and it's awesome!
Nicholas Perry
@tombielecki I've been using office lense (microsoft) and letting google photos grab them off the phone directory as a location to backup, works a treat for documents and stuff like whiteboards.
Alan Cassinelli
Perfect for digitally capturing polaroid photos so you you can Instagram them :)
Sam Wilkinson
@dflieb Are there any plans on applying the underlying technology to document scanning? Scanning cards, passports etc is super painful with every app I've tried.
David Lieb
@sammycdubs We're focused on photos but it works pretty well on any rectangular image
Sam Wilkinson
@dflieb How does the image processing handle height? (e.g. Photo with curled edges)
David Lieb
@sammycdubs We haven't invested too much in severely curled edges, but I think there are things we can do.
Agusti Fernandez Pardo
@sammycdubs Scanbot it's the only one that I still have installed after iPhones and years have passed, dont use it that much though
@dflieb - great video, and a kickass product to boot. I think the scanner is really innovative - reminds me of holding down to shoot videos type of innovation.
Seb Jachec
Out of interest, does photo processing happen on device/offline or online?
David Lieb
@iamsebj It all works offline. Why? Well, when you go home to grandma's and want to scan all those old photos, what are the chances the internet is blazing? :)
Seb Jachec
@dflieb Awesome. Makes sense, just had to check, thanks! :)
@dflieb is there any other privacy or data capturing info to be aware of?
Melissa Monte
It's perfect that this app was released the day I got to my grandparents' house to visit. Will definitely be trying this out.
David Lieb
@melissamonteee Release timing was important for us for exactly that reason -- we want to make lots of family heroes over the holidays.
David Lieb
Here's a great video explaining the tech at a high level:
Narendra Rocherolle
@dflieb Does this let you assign date and location to the scan?
Steven Diffey
@narendra @dflieb You can edit the date/time once uploaded to Google Photos
@dflieb this is great to back up old prints. But the bigger issue is digital photos are stuck and essentially any app is a graveyard. Does googlephotos have integrations to make printed scrap books. I dont want my 3yo staring at a computer screen. And honestly neither do i!
Ross Rojek
@dflieb Really spectacular job. My wife will be all over this once the holidays are over.
@ak310i Images on Google Photos can be uploaded to Google Drive in the app. Many photobook services allow photos to be uploaded via Google Drive.
Dima Blover💎
Wow. It's blow me eyes. Fantastic, my archive photos will never be lost again.
Alexander Isora 🦄
Gonna scan them all! 💃
Joshua Dance
Direct download link -
Ellen Thuy Le
Direct link to the Play store:
Patrick Wang
That sucking sound is a bunch of photo scanning companies disappearing. Though to be fair, that industry was always a bet against the advancement of technology.
Christopher Searles
Awesome @dflieb love it. What's the timeline on a legitimate Photos API?
Austin Sandmeyer
This product video is 🔥! 🙌 💯/💯


Now your photos look better than ever — even those dusty old prints

Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future

Google Photos is a home for all your photos and videos, but what about those old prints that are some of your most treasured memories? Such as photos of grandma when she was young, your childhood pet, and that hairstyle you wish you could forget.

We all have those old albums and boxes of photos, but we don’t take the time to digitize them because it’s just too hard to get it right. We don’t want to mail away our original copy, buying a scanner is costly and time consuming, and if you try to take a photo of a photo, you end up with crooked edges and glare.

We knew there had to be a better way, so we’re introducing PhotoScan, a brand new, standalone app from Google Photos that easily scans just about any photo, free, from anywhere. Get it today for Android and iOS.

PhotoScan gets you great looking digital copies in seconds - it detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes glare. Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed up at high quality—for free.  

See how the PhotoScan technology works behind the scenes by watching this video from our friends Nat & Lo.

Pro edits, no pro needed

After all that time in the attic, your photos might need a few polishes. Or you might even want to edit that selfie from this morning. Getting the right look can take a lot of time and with so many editing tools it’s tough to know where to begin.

Today we’re rolling out three easy ways to get great looking photos in Google Photos: a new and improved auto enhance, unique new looks, and advanced editing tools. Open a photo and then tap the pencil icon to start editing. First, for auto enhance, just select Auto, and see instant enhancements a pro editor might make - like balancing exposure and saturation to bring out the details.

Second, our 12 new looks take style to the next level. These unique looks make edits based on the individual photo and its brightness, darkness, warmth, or saturation, before applying the style. All looks use machine intelligence to complement the content of your photo, and choosing one is just a matter of taste. 

Third, our advanced editing controls for Light and Color allow you to fine tune your photos, including highlights, shadows, and warmth. Deep Blue is particularly good for images of sea and sky where the color blue is the focal point.

The Google Photos app with the new photo editor will begin rolling out today across Android, iOS and the web. Just in time for your next set of holiday memories.