I usually do not get terribly excited about software updates. For the most part, they are mundane and usually are just tweaks under the hood. But this time, it is different. Last week, Apple released their new iOS 16 for the iPhones (iPhone 8 and later), and it has some great features like editing text messages and even un-sending them. But one feature added to photos can be a game changer in terms of saving time.
I know I am not alone when I say that when creating graphics for my website, blog, flyers, emails, etc., I spend an inordinate amount of time using Photoshop to get it just right. You may use another program, but face it, if graphic design was our forte, we’d all be graphic designers. The latest software update has a feature that allows you to “pull” the main subject from a photo to be used somewhere else in about 30 seconds.
I have not been traveling for a while, but recently I was at a college football game, so let me demonstrate.
The top image was a photo I took. The bottom image was the main subject pulled from the original. Now I can take those players and put them anywhere I like. And it took about 30 seconds to do it. Don’t believe me?
Gone are the days of trying to use the lasso tool to precisely outline a subject to use elsewhere. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few uses:
- If you have a photo of a particular ship in Alaska but are promoting a Caribbean cruise, it can be pasted into a scenic shot of a Caribbean port.
- If you have a group of people facing one direction, but for aesthetics, they should face the other way, you can isolate the group, flip the image, and paste it.
- Suppose you have a group photo of your agents on Bourbon Street but need one for a Disney trip you are promoting. Cut the group and paste them in on Main Street.
There are other apps that will do this, but to be honest, I have not seen any with the accuracy and speed of this feature. Of course, it should go without saying that you need to own the image (or have the rights to use it).