iOS 11 Portrait Mode: One of the most celebrated new features that were announced with the iPhone 7 Plus last September was the Portrait Mode effect. While it had been in testing since the last quarter of 2017, photography enthusiasts have been appreciative of the kind of professional results it yielded. There were a few causes for concern, such as the fact that users would have to choose between the two available modes, and that there was no way to “Undo” the effect. But now that it has exited testing and graced iOS 11, the revamped Portrait Mode in iOS 11 comes in with a lot of new improvements.
What is Portrait Mode in iOS 11?
Portrait Mode was first brought into the iOS 10 as part of the first update, but it had been kept in beta until recently. It was introduced as a feature exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus as it made use of the dual camera feature on the larger device. It utilized the twin camera’s depth sensing capabilities to create a beautiful visual effect that let the subject stay sharp and in focus while lending a blurred look to the background.
But it came with one major inconvenience in tow. Once the effect was applied, there was no way to get rid of it. The pangs of this lack were felt the most in its early stages when a picture taken with the Portrait Mode enabled would turn out far from being perfect.
What’s New in iOS 11 Portrait Mode?
Now that it has arrived on iOS 11 beta after having completed testing, the Portrait Mode boasts of some remarkable aspects that were impossible to be executed on the iOS 10. In a way, it appears that iOS 11 is the perfect platform for it to come to, thanks to the new image formatting techniques that Apple announced during the WWDC 2017 iOS 11 previews. HEIC for images and HEVC for videos allow the files to save twice as much space on the iPhone, as well as retain all the data of each photo.
This paves the way for the Portrait Mode in iOS 11 to allow more freedom. For instance, users do not have to switch to the Normal Mode before taking the picture, and even have the effect removed after a photo has been taken. Below, we will demonstrate how to remove the Portrait Mode Effect in iOS 11 images.
Note that like before, you will still not be able to add the effect after the image has been taken. But an image with depth added can have it removed. Here’s how.
Portrait Mode Effect in iOS 11: How to Remove
Once you have taken a picture with the depth effect added, follow the steps below to remove it.
Step 1: Go to Photos App and find the image you want the effect removed from. Tap on it to open.
Step 2: Once opened, go to Edit. In an image taken with the Portrait Effect, iOS 11 will automatically detect the level of depth and show you a yellow button at the top center. Tap on it to remove.
The ability to remove the Portrait Effect in iOS 11 is a remarkable option, and it is great that Apple has thought of it. The removal is simply a two-step procedure and does not require the user to toil with the action to get it done. We only wish there was a way to enable the option in a picture that has already been taken. Who knows, perhaps Apple will add that feature in a later update, or with the final iOS 11 release date? What do our readers think?