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Google's new Auto Enhance for photos raises a tricky question: When does editing become embellishment?
The automatic Google+ photo editing features Google showed off today at its I/O developer conference go beyond the quick-fix functions of apps like iPhoto and Google's own Picasa to include something called "skin smoothing." (http://googleplusproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-google-stream-hangouts-and-photos.html)
As I saw in a demo on the conference floor, it does just that--smoothing out wrinkles and pores. On a 20 or 30-something man's face half-covered by stubble, the effect wasn't that dramatic. But on the face of a woman who appeared in her 40s, it was like subtracting 10 years from her age.
If you're the subject of such a portrait, that could be great. But if you're a journalist, letting Google do this could amount to the sort of image tampering that gets people fired.