Edit photos on desktop

Note: Photo editing requires Chrome on desktop or the Google+ app for Android. This article is for desktop; click here to learn how to edit photos on Android.

Basic edits from the lightbox view on desktop

To get started, add a photo to Google+ then click a photo to view it in the full screen lightbox view. Using the icons at the top, you can rotate, zoom in, crop, or delete your photo.

Advanced edits using the photo editor for desktop

Open a photo in lightbox view > click Edit to access these tools:

Tune image
Create depth and vibrance by adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, shadows, or warmth levels. You can also select from a range of different preset effects. After selecting a preset, use the available controls to fine-tune the result.
Selective adjust
Tune parts of your photo without altering others by using control points. Each control point you place automatically selects surrounding objects based on similar hue, saturation, and brightness. For example, you might adjust the brightness of the sky without changing the beach in the foreground. 
Details
Enhance the details and improve the sharpness of your photo. You can make adjustments manually or choose from a range of preset adjustments. After selecting a preset, use the available controls to fine-tune the result.
Crop & rotate
Remove distracting parts of your photo with standard aspect ratios, or a free crop. Click Ratio to choose a crop aspect ratio. You can also rotate or straighten photos. Note: Changing the dimensions of your photo may also delete existing name tags on your photo .

Black & white
Convert your photo to black & white, & choose a style ranging from vintage and grainy to modern and clean.

Center focus
Draw attention to the subject of your photo by adjusting the brightness of & blurring the surrounding background.

Drama
Add style with a custom effect specifically tailored to your photos, ranging from subtle textures to wildly artistic effects.

Frames
Add stylized borders to your photo for the perfect finishing touch.

Tilt-shift
Create a narrow in-focus area designed to simulate depth of field, which can make a normal scene look like a toy set.

Vintage
Make your photo look like it was shot on vintage or expired film.

Retrolux
Make your photo look older with light leaks, scratches, & multiple film styles.

HDR scape
Use this tone-mapping tool to open up shadows and pull out detail for a dream-like, evenly-exposed image full of texture and life.

Go to my photos

These editing tools are made possible by several open source projects.

Troubleshoot: "The Photo Editor couldn't be loaded"
If you receive this error message, try resolving with these steps:
Windows users
Photos Editor requires Windows 7 or later and the latest version of Chrome browser. Update Chrome if you're having trouble using Photo Editor on Windows.
Troubleshoot: Linux users
If you cannot open the photo editing tools, please try the following:
  1. In the Chrome Browser URL bar, enter chrome://flags
  2. Find the "Override software rendering list" flag. Click "Enable" > "Relaunch Now" at the bottom of the page (this will restart all open Chrome windows).
  3. Launch the editing tools again.