A few months ago, David Lieb, Google’s head of Photos products, told the media that manually marking faces was an updated roadmap for the app, according tomedia reports. Last week, XDA developers found it on Photos v4.32 and successfully enabled it. Now, this feature is also available to some users.
Still relying on Google’s face detection algorithm
You may be disappointed if you want to point to any area of the image and label it by this feature. Because the new feature still relies on Google’s algorithms and other ability to detect human or pet faces. So, if only a part of a face, a silhouette, a strange side corner, etc. appear in the photo, it can’t be immediately recognized, which means that users can’t mark them.
What scenes are valid for manually tagged face tags
Given the limitations mentioned above, it’s easy to see how the feature maker is only effective when Google detects faces in images. Whether the face is linked to a profile that has been created in a photo or a newly recognized face, users can access the feature and edit, name, or add new tags.
How to manually mark a face
Open Google Photos to find any photos of people or pets, swipe up or click the spill button in the upper right corner. You can then see the updated EXIF panel and mark it with an edit icon (a pen) on the edge after waiting for the system to recognize the face in People. If you don’t see the pen icon, it means that the feature isn’t available on its device yet.
How to edit a marked face
The obvious benefits of this feature come into play when it is realized that it allows users to cancel and relabel a face as they please. If a user has a photo of a twin sibling, a similar-looking pet, or a child who looks a lot like him, you can manually correct the error that occurred in the past with automatic tagging.
Mirror face that appears in the same photo
Another interesting aspect of this feature is the ability to quickly mark all mirror instances of the same person in one picture. In the following example, Photos correctly identified the tester’s face in the middle, but did not find the same person. So the tester quickly fixed the error with a manual tag.
A great way to show and remove hidden faces
When attending a public event and taking photos, It is believed that you will likely see a large number of photos of passers-by and people in the background. The same thing can happen if you take photos of still objects such as statues or posters. In these cases, the user will be able to hide the People section of the app from being blocked by passers-by.
Manual tagging allows users to quickly view and remove hidden faces, removing their faces completely from Photos.