With the release of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones, Google released the Magic Eraser tool, which is primarily designed to remove unwanted objects in the background of photos. With the release of the budget Pixel 6A, the Magic Eraser tool will get a new masking feature. it does not remove objects from the photo, but corrects their color so that the viewer’s attention is not drawn from something more important in the foreground.
In the initial version, Magic Eraser works very simply: the user selects an additional object in the photo, the system analyzes its environment, and after erasing it, fills the empty space “at its discretion”. If this object is isolated from other elements of the composition, and the resulting image is viewed on a small phone screen, the result of Magic Eraser looks quite tolerable. But when the object is placed on another element, the result may not be so successful; the system doesn’t always “get” how to fill in an object’s place and sometimes creates creeping artifacts that are even more distracting.
Just for this case, Google created the Camouflage function. the system does not try to remove the object completely, but changes its color so that it does not stand out from the background. Journalists at The Verge have provided good examples of how this feature works: the bright purple cart in the background turned a faded greenish-gray, and a turquoise object in another photo instead turned purple and blended in with the rest of the background. Google spokesman Matt Flegal said the new feature will be available on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones, with the launch of the younger Pixel 6A on July 28.