It's sad to note that, with the introduction of the new Google+ interface, Google has finally pulled the cord on the old, more powerful Photos interface that used to be in Plus. Until now, plus.google.com/photos
would redirect to the new Photos, but you could still get back to the old interface via plus.google.com/photos/yourphotos
. This interface provided better editing tools (such as more tuning controls, spot adjustments, cropping ratios, and more), plus the ability to tag people. That link now redirects to the new Photos as well, and users are seemingly left with no choice but to use its slicker, but more basic interface.
Or are they?
It appears there's actually still a way to get to the old interface, even after you've switched over to the new Google+. The path is through Picasa. Simply go to picasaweb.google.com
, find and view your photo, and select Actions
> Edit in Google+
. You'll find yourself back in the old Google+ Photos interface, and you can use its superior editing tools and even tag the photo (if you've shared it). It's awkward, but it works, and it gives us hope that maybe Google still plans to bring back more of what's been lost in the switch to the new Photos.