Facebook is taking a page out of Google+’s playbook, and is now automatically editing photos posted to the social network from mobile devices.
Smartphones and apps have made photographers out of everyone; the problem is that many of us still don’t have pro-level photo-editing skills. Now, when a Facebook user posts an image using the iOS app, it is automatically “enhanced” for clarity, lighting and shadow. What’s more, they won’t have to decide between individual filters, like on Instagram. The feature launched for iOS on Tuesday, and is coming to Android soon, according to Facebook.
“We want to make it easy, and as few taps as possible to make your photo memories beautiful,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “Before, the auto-enhance option was available, but it was under the menu where you could also choose filters for your photos on Facebook.”
For those who don’t like Facebook’s edits, there’s also an neat slider tool (pictured, above) that users can play with to toggle photo lighting. Slide all the way to the right, and things get a lot brighter and more defined.
Since Instagram popularized photo filters, image-enhancement options have been popping up all over social media. Google+started automatically enhancing photos last year. Other social platforms are working to amp up photo quality, too. Twitter, for example, added photo filters earlier this month that more or less imitate Instagram’s.