Wednesday, February 26, 2020

How to add text with a solid background to a photo using Google Photos - 610

It was a long time in coming, but Google Photos now can add text right to a photo. At least, the Android version of Google Photos can do that. It's called the "Markup" tool and it's pretty simple.

Even if you know how to add text to photos with Google Photos, yuo should watch this short video because I add a very important little tip!

Notice how the words in the picture  have a dark background. That is SO important to allow the words to be readable. I've found a way to accomplish it with the new Google Photos markup tool.




Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Product Expert for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Using Google Lens to identify items in a photo

When you open any photo in Google Photos, you will see a button at the bottom meant to look like a camera lens. That is Google Lens and it is amazing. Open any photo, using Google Photos, and tap that button - it will analyze the current photo and tell you all sorts of things! Identify flowers, birds, insects. Translate and copy text, scan QR codes, identify products and give you links to buy them. And much more.



Google Lens Examples

The following are photos in my Google Photos. When I tap on the lens button, it analyzes the photos and gives me remarkable results.



Lens will tell you the name of this Arch in Utah

Lens will identify these birds

Lens will translate this billboard

Lens can copy the text from this certificate, making it editable in a document
Lens can scan this business card and dial the phone number, send an email, or even add to your contacts

Lens can identify the type of this turtle.

Lens can identify this book and give you a link to buy it.

Lens can scan this QR code and give you the link to watch the video.

Lens will identify this product and give you links where you can buy it


Our YouTube show, episode 184, demonstrates how to use Google Lens





Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Product Expert for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.