Google Photos is starting to roll out new Real Tone filters this week, according to the company. The new filters are available on Android, iOS, and the web, and can be found under Google Photos’ image editor’s ‘Filters’ tab. The new Real Tone filters were created by “professional image makers” to accurately reflect diverse skin tones in photos, according to the business.
In a tweet announcing the debut, the business said, “These filters were designed by professional image makers to work well across skin tones, so you can choose the filter that reflects your style.”
“Playa,” “Honey,” “Isla,” and “Desert” are among the Real Tone filters, according to a screenshot posted by Google. A “Made with Real Tone” badge will appear in the editing panel once you select a Real Tone filter, as shown in the screenshot.
Last year, Google developed Real Tone for Pixel phones with the goal of making faces of all skin tones appear as natural as possible in images. Earlier this month, Google revealed at its I/O developer conference that it will be introducing a 10-shade skin tone scale into several of its products in the coming months, as well as a new set of Real Tone filters for Google Photos that would use the scale. These new Real Tone filters are now available, and they’re designed to function well with a wide range of skin tones and are rated using the MST Scale.
The Monk Skin Tone (MST) scale is a 10-shade skin tone scale that is meant to accommodate a wider range of skin tones. It was developed in collaboration with Dr. Ellis Monk, a Harvard professor and sociologist.
The new approach and scale, according to Google, will aid in determining whether a product or feature functions effectively across a range of skin tones. Dr. Monk and the company will continue to work together to evaluate the MST Scale in various geographies and product applications. The MST Scale, according to Google, is a vital next step in enhancing skin tone inclusivity in technology and will aid the company’s drive to image equality and better representation.
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