How to use the AI ​​photo editing feature on the Galaxy S24

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AI technology has developed rapidly in recent years, and has now even penetrated our smartphones. Samsung’s new Galaxy S24 series adds Galaxy AI, a suite of advanced AI-powered tools to help make your life easier, including photo editing features.

While AI photo editing may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the AI ​​photo editing tools on the S24 are tastefully done and can really help you get closer to perfection. Plus, they are quite easy to use. Here’s how to make the most of the Galaxy S24’s AI photo editing features, found on the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus, and Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Keep in mind that the photo editing tools for Galaxy AI are only available in Samsung’s Gallery app, not Google Photos. That also means these tools only work on existing photos in the Gallery app, which may be photos recovered from your previous Galaxy phone or new photos you’ve just taken.

How to use Edit Suggestions on Galaxy S24

Example of the Edit Galaxy AI Suggestions feature on the Galaxy S24 Plus.
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Sometimes we take a photo and think we’ve captured the perfect moment, but maybe something doesn’t look right, or you feel like you could benefit from some adjustments. But what can you do to make the images better? There will be times when you feel confused about what to do next, but that’s where Edit Suggestions comes in handy.

Editing Suggestions is a little tricky and not very clear. Here’s how to use Edit Suggestions on the Samsung Galaxy S24.

  1. Open Gallery app on your Samsung Galaxy S24 device.
  2. Select the photo you want to edit by opening it.
    Open Gallery on Samsung Galaxy S24, select photos to view.
  3. Choose Details icon (it is an “i” in a circle).
  4. Once Galaxy AI analyzes your photo, it will make some suggestions for improving it. This will appear above the photo’s metadata.
    While viewing a photo, select details, then select the edit suggestions you want.
  5. The results of Edit Suggestions will vary based on the photo. Some options that may appear are remake, Remove shadowor Remove reflections.
  6. Select the Edit Suggestions you want, then follow the on-screen instructions — you may need to tap or draw objects in the photo or adjust sliders.
    Watch Galaxy AI work its magic for your editing suggestions.

That is it! Edit Suggestions occur locally on the device for all S24 models, meaning they do not require an internet connection or any data.

How to use Generative Edit on Galaxy S24

Someone uses the Generative Edit app on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
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Another AI photo editing tool is Generative Edit. It lets you move objects in an image or remove them completely, then uses generative AI to fill in the missing parts. You can also straighten or tilt the image, and then generative AI can fill in the missing background. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open Gallery app on your Samsung Galaxy S24 device.
  2. Select the photo you want to edit by opening it.
  3. Choose Edit button (looks like a pencil).
    On Samsung Galaxy S24, open Gallery, select photo, select edit.
  4. Choose Generative Edit icon (blue circle with three stars).
  5. Use your finger to outline the desired object you want to remove. If you make a mistake, vote Deselect and start over.
    Select Generative edit, use your finger to select the objects you want to delete or move.
  6. Use Touch and hold on the selected object to drag it to another area of ​​the image. Or choose Delete (eraser icon) to delete the object. You can choose Return (back arrow) to move the object back to its original position.
  7. If the image needs to be straightened, select Aadjust the slider at the base.
  8. Once you’ve made your preferred adjustments, select them Produce. Galaxy AI will then fill in the missing background and make adjustments to the moved objects.
    Tap and hold the selected object to move, or select the eraser to delete.  Select Generate and watch Galaxy AI work its magic.
  9. Select and hold See the original button if you want to see a comparison of this new image with the original.
  10. Choose Finished Then Save as a copy. Any image saved this way will have a Generative Edit watermark.
    Tap and hold View Original to compare, then select Done and then select Save as copy.

Unlike Edit Suggestions, Generative Edit uses the cloud, so you need an internet connection for Generative Edit to work. The editing process also takes more time, especially if you do a lot of editing, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few seconds to see the final result.

Example of AI photo editing capabilities on the Galaxy S24

Someone uses the Generative Edit app on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
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We tried out the Galaxy AI photo editing tools on some of the photos we’ve taken so far. The results are mostly quite good. Here are some examples of the results you can expect from Suggestion Edit and Generative Edit.

Let’s take a look at a plate of assorted nigiri ordered from a sushi restaurant. I wanted the focus to be on the nigiri, but there were other plates throughout the photo that I couldn’t remove because of the size of the table. I used Generative Edit to remove the empty plate on the left and remove the rice on the right edge.

Galaxy AI does a good job of cleaning up the image, but it leaves some digital artifacts instead of just filling it in with a dark wood surface like other tables. Still, it removes unnecessary elements from the image, which is the goal.

This is a photo of me that my husband took while we were waiting for dinner. When he takes the picture, the waiter is in the background, and it’s a bit distracting, even with the blur from portrait mode. Using Generative Edit, I removed it from the background, and Galaxy AI filled it with something incomprehensible. You can still tell that something is there, but you can’t tell what it is.

I saw a squirrel in the park the other day and I loved photographing the creature. I took the S24 and zoomed in so I could capture it without disturbing it. But there was a dark shadow from the tree next to him. With Galaxy AI, I used Edit Suggestions to remove shadows, and it worked quite well here. Shadows in the grass and even tree trunks were gone, and the squirrels also looked a little brighter. It becomes easier to find squirrels.

Here’s a photo of a quaint little place in town. This is a great little place to relax and enjoy the view. I liked the look of this little place, so I took a photo. With Galaxy AI, I rotate it a bit and fill it in the background. This produces a random tree trunk on the left and more bushes on the right. You can’t really tell that the tree trunk is AI, unless a small blurry spot in the bushes next to the tree trunk makes you wonder.

Lastly, here is a beautiful sunset photo I took while I was walking down the street. Due to the lighting from the setting sun, everything was very dark. Using the remastered Edit Suggestion, it brightens deep blacks and shadows so you can see the sidewalk and cars in the distance.

A fun way to edit your photos

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is Titanium Orange.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra in Titanium Orange color Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Our tests with the Galaxy AI photo editing tool show that you can get pretty good results from it.

Edit Great advice if you just want to make a photo look a little better than it is without too much extra effort. This is perfect for perfecting something before you post it on social media. The Generative Edit tool does require more effort from you if you want good results.

Galaxy AI features, including these photo editing tools, are currently only available on Samsung Galaxy S24 devices. This includes the base models S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra.

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