Edit a photo on your Pixel phone

You can edit or change what a photo looks like on your Pixel phone.

Straighten or adjust the size of a photo

Use gridlines to straighten photos

  1. From your Camera app, tap the Down arrow .
  2. Tap Settings  and then Grid type.
  3. Select the type of grid you want.

Adjust the photo's ratio

  1. From your Camera app, tap the Down arrow .
  2. Select a ratio option: Wide crop or Full image.

Crop a photo

  1. In the Photos app, go to the photo that you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit photo  and then Crop
  3. Adjust the borders to your desired size.

Change the color, light, or blur of a photo

In the Photos app:
  1. Find the photo that you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit  and then Adjust.
  3. From here, you can adjust the light, color, or blur of a photo.

Take Portrait-style photos

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap Portrait and then Capture .
    • To view the enhanced version, in the bottom right corner, tap the photo.
Tip: To add a blurred background after you take a photo, tap Edit photo  and then Adjust and then Blur . Then, move the Blur slider.

Adjust Portrait blur, light & color pop on photos

Portrait blur

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos, tap Edit photo and then Adjust and then Blur .
  2. Adjust the Blur slider.

Pop (Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G))

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos, tap Edit photo  and then Adjust and then Pop.
  2. Then, adjust the scale slider.

Color pop (Pixel 4a & earlier)

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos, tap Edit photo  and then Color Pop.
  2. Then, adjust the color pop slider.

Portrait light (Pixel 2 & later)

You can adjust the lighting in your photos of people through Portrait light in your photo editor. Portrait light is available only when a photo shows 4 or fewer people from the waist up.

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos,  tap Edit photo  and then Adjust and then Portrait light.
  2. Move the white ring to where you want more light.
  3. Lower or raise the brightness manually or automatically:
    • To set the brightness yourself, adjust the slider.
    • To let your phone set the lighting, tap Auto.

Tip: Portrait light works on older photos in your Google Photos storage, which includes photos taken on other phones. To use Portrait light with your older photos, open them in your Photos app Photos.

Adjust brightness or shadows (Pixel 4 & later)

  • Adjust brightness: On the right, adjust the slider to lower or raise Brightness .
  • Adjust shadows: On the right, adjust the slider to lower or raise Shadows .
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