Google Photos: Colorization of Black-and-white Photos Finally Arrives

Google Photos will soon finally be able to colorize black and white photos. The functionality finally appears through version 4.26 in beta for some users. The arrival of this feature, which transforms a black and white image into a polychrome using artificial intelligence, was expected in 2018.

Colorize in action: the original (left), the monochrome version (middle) and the colored version (right) / 9to5Google

Google Photo will finally allow you to colorize black and white photos. The feature is eagerly awaited as it was teased by Google at the Google I/O in May 2018. Concretely, from black and white photos, artificial intelligence is able to automatically guess colours. Her neural model has been trained from millions of images, so that she is able to colour the sky blue, trees green, etc.

Google Photo will finally have a feature to colorize black and white photos

After a first demo of this feature, Google had announced that a beta would be proposed soon. But since then, radio silence. Nevertheless a handful of users report that the “Colorize” feature appears in the latest beta version of Google Photos (4.26) according to 9to5Google – a version that is not yet available for download.

But 9to5Google offers a series of examples that show “Colorize” in action. Each time we start from a color photo passed in black and white, then we ask the Google Photos AI to re-colorize the image. As you would expect, the final result differs from the original photo. Colour saturation, in particular, is incorrect – often faded or too intense on the skies, for example.

These small flaws can nevertheless give a lot of charm to your photos. Nevertheless, where we can clearly see that we are still in beta version is on the cutting of the image by the neural network: we find irregularities in some colored areas, especially when the scene represented by the photo is complex. So trees for example can appear green with orange spots, for example.

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To make sure you can test the feature, you’ll have to wait a little longer for the 4.26 version of Google Photos to be available – which should happen very soon. Are you eager to try Colorize? Share your feedback in the comments.

Source: 9to5Google

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