Tip 34/50: Be Awesome With AutoAwesome!
I hadn’t used this feature until very recently, writing it off as a bit of a gimmick. How wrong was I?

For those of you who don't know, AutoAwesome is a relatively new feature from Google+ that helps you get the most out of photos you upload to the platform and really makes your posts stand out in the content stream. For those without good Photoshop skills, AutoAwesome is a god-send!

As the name suggests, (assuming you have Auto Awesome turned on) these effects are applied automatically, with the finished "product" suggested to you for posting by way of a notification.

(Courtesy of the great guys at +2yardsmedia - http://bit.ly/1fEFpJz)

Eraser - If you take a sequence of 3 or more photos in front of a structure or landmark with movement in the background, Eraser will give you a photo with all the moving objects removed. It’s helpful for those situations when you’re trying to get a great shot of a landmark or other crowded place, but want to avoid including all of the people in the background of your photo.

Action - Take a series of photos of someone moving (dancing, running, jumping) and Auto Awesome will merge them together into one action shot where you can see the full range of movements in a single image, capturing the movement in one captivating still.

Pano - If you’ve taken a series of photos with overlapping landscape views, Auto Awesome will stitch these photos together into a panoramic image.

HDR - High Dynamic Range is the process of taking multiple exposures of the same image. By merging these images together, your photos will achieve a greater range of shadows and light. Uploading three similar images at different exposures–low, medium, and high exposure–will create an HDR image for you.

Motion - If you’ve taken a series of photos in succession (at least 5), Auto Awesome will stitch these photos together into a short animation.

Smile - If you’ve taken a few group photos, Auto Awesome will choose the best shots of each person in your image and merge them into one great looking photo.

Mix - If you’ve taken a series of portraits sharing similar background elements, Auto Awesome will compile these photos together into a photobooth style grid. Mix is meant to showcase portrait photos taken with similar backgrounds in time, so it works best with close-ups of faces.

Buzzing to learn more and have a go with AutoAwesome? Check out this video by the brilliant +Ryan Hanley: http://youtu.be/_rQOxPDBbXQ 

Wanna check out my first AutoAwesome attempt? http://bit.ly/1jcdOTC


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