As announced in the I/O event this year, Google is bringing the Real Tone functionality to its Search and Photos app.

Based on the scale of a Harvard professor, this feature will let users recognize more diverse faces in different lighting conditions, thus displaying various skin tones of people better. This support will let Search users find refined results, and Photos app users edit with more accurate skin tone options.

Real Tone Filters For Better Skin Color Identification

Last year, Google announced a new feature called Real Tone to Pixel 6 series to let users accurately capture various skin tones. Based on an updated face detection algorithm, this feature is capable of identifying more diverse faces in different lighting conditions, thus showing different skin tones in a better way.

As it’s useful, Google announced expanding this to more Google services at the I/O event this year. And it’s doing now, with the Photos app and the Search receiving support for Real Tone functionality. This feature now uses Dr. Ellis Monk’s scale in both the Search and Photos to obtain similar results across all its services.

In terms of Google Search, this added functionality will let users search with a skin tone selector in some queries to get refined results. And in the Photos app, the Real Tone filters will let users edit facial photos with more accurate skin colors.

Rolling out to all the Photos apps (web, Android, and iOS), this feature is set under the Filters tab in the app’s image editor. Opening it shows four Real Tone filters – Playa, Honey, Isla, and Desert.

You may use either of those to view the photos in more accurate skin tones. Also, there’s a new ‘Made with Real Tone’ prompt popping up when selecting either of these filters. All these will help users customize photos with more details.


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