Google Meet is introducing a new feature called Portrait Touch Up that applies a subtle skin-smoothing effect to users’ faces during video calls. When enabled, the feature will automatically retouch the user’s appearance in real-time using filtering techniques like noise cancellation. Google says it is designed to provide “nicer visual quality” without drastic changes.
Portrait touch-up mode is available on both mobile devices and web browsers. To use the feature on mobile, simply open the Google Meet app and tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. Then, select “Settings” and scroll down to the “Video” section. Toggle on the “Portrait touch-up” switch.
On web browsers, portrait touch-up mode can be enabled by clicking the three dots in the bottom right corner of the video call window. Then, select “Settings” and click the “Video” tab. Toggle on the “Portrait touch-up” switch.
Portrait touch-up mode offers two levels of touch-up: “Subtle” and “Smoothing.” The “Subtle” mode applies a light skin-smoothing effect, while the “Smoothing” mode applies a more noticeable effect. Users can adjust the level of touch-up to their liking.
Google maintains Portrait Touch Up leads to a “more natural look” on camera. Users are clamoring for video calling tools to improve appearance as meetings shifted online. Rivals like Zoom offer similar enhancements.
Google Meet’s portrait touch-up mode is a welcome addition to the video conferencing platform. It is a simple and effective way to improve your appearance on video calls, which can boost your confidence and make you feel more comfortable.