Photos effects available for a limited time

The Auto Awesome effects below were only available for a limited time, like during the holiday season or Valentine's Day. If you don't like the effect, don't worry-- your original photos can still be found in your Google+ photos.

Even if an effect is no longer available, the photo with the effect will exist unless you delete it.

Seasonal and discontinued photo effects

Flag face paint

During special time periods, you can get a country’s flag painted on people’s faces by:

  1. Sharing a photo on Google+. 
  2. Adding the hashtag "#paint" and a country name:
    England: #PaintEngland
    Scotland: #PaintScotland
    Ireland: #PaintIreland
    Australia: #PaintAustralia
    New Zealand: #PaintNZ, #PaintNewZealand
    South Africa: #PaintSouthAfrica
    India: #PaintIndia
    Sri Lanka: #PaintSriLanka, #PaintLK
    Bangladesh: #PaintBangladesh, #PaintBD
    Pakistan: #PaintPakistan, #PaintPak
    United Arab Emirates: #PaintUAE, #PaintUnitedArabEmirates
    West Indies: #PaintWestIndies
    Zimbabwe: #PaintZimbabwe
    Afghanistan: #PaintAfghanistan

Please note that this Auto Awesome is not a copy of your photo, it's an effect that's added to your original photo once you share it on Google+ and add the hashtag. To remove the flag face paint effect, open the photo on Google+ using a computer > click More > Revert to original.

Action shot showing full range of motion

Takes 4+ photos of the same scene and creates one photo showing the full range of movement.

What you did to get this effect: Took 4+ photos of the same scene (with something moving).

Erase moving objects

Removes moving objects, like people passing by in the background.

What you did to get this effect: Take 4+ successive photos of something with movement in the background (like passersby).

Floating hearts

Adds floating hearts and creates an animated GIF.

What you did to get this effect: Took a photo of people kissing.


Inserts a celebrity (like David Hasselhoff).

What you did to get this effect: Took a photo of yourself or a group of people, leaving lots of extra space.


Merges photos of a group of people to show everyone at their best.

What you did to get this effect: Took 2+ successive photos of a group of people smiling.


Adds falling snow and creates an animated GIF.

What you did to get this effect: Took a photo that has snow in it.


Makes lights twinkle and creates an animated GIF.

What you did to get this effect: Took 5+ photos of lights.


Adds a fun or spooky Halloween effect.


Available in these languages:

Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

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