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    Default fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    ok i admit i sucks at PS... since i mostly used it for cropping and resizing. So kinda clueless how to use the filter feature (smart sharpen, unsharp etc) to sharpen out of focus (blurred) photos?

    i did a google search on this topic already and tried doing it myself but just can't get it right?

    any kind souls willing to give me a step by step exact guide?

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    sharpening doesn't really help in fixing out of focus photos

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    Show us the picture? If its too serious it can't be fixed easily.

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    Quote Originally Posted by sabee View Post
    Show us the picture? If its too serious it can't be fixed easily.


    if i wish to make the top part of the pic clearer?
    Last edited by sinned79; 30th December 2009 at 05:07 PM.

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    Simple. Retake the photo again.

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    it's blurred but doesn't looks like out of focus, so can try this http://www.focusmagic.com/

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    In my experience, blurred photos are almost always toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    ok i admit i sucks at PS... since i mostly used it for cropping and resizing. So kinda clueless how to use the filter feature (smart sharpen, unsharp etc) to sharpen out of focus (blurred) photos?

    i did a google search on this topic already and tried doing it myself but just can't get it right?

    any kind souls willing to give me a step by step exact guide?
    if it isn't too OOF

    sharpening it properly and carefully and resizing it to a smaller size, you can make it look LESS oof, and even look like it is in focus

    but at the original size? no way, not in a thousand years.. photoshop is not magic, it cannot give you detail where there is not.. contrary to what csi miami tells you you could POSSIBLY put in a lot of work and DRAW in the details manually, if you happen to be a photoshop wizard.. but i don't think it's worth the effort. might as well get the focus right when shooting :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by splim View Post
    it's blurred but doesn't looks like out of focus, so can try this http://www.focusmagic.com/
    A genuine question from me, there is a difference between blur and out of focus?

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    A little out of focus can be saved by sharpening. But, yours is too out of focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    A genuine question from me, there is a difference between blur and out of focus?
    well, blur can be anything

    handshake

    motion blur

    oof is a type of blur, i guess. but parts of the picture may be sharp.. but what you want sharp is not sharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by splim View Post
    it's blurred but doesn't looks like out of focus, so can try this http://www.focusmagic.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    ..
    if i wish to make the top part of the pic clearer?
    Oops, I was looking at the bottom part, it will have not much help on the top part

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    Sorry to say bro, you gotta reshoot with a smaller aperture if you want the whole frame sharp. post processing cant help much.

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    try cut and paste

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    Fool the brain by adding small amount of fine grain noise to increase acutance.
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    Technically, a badly focused image cannot be fixed. It is still worth the while to shoot as it is intended.


    Anyway,

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    By the way, hosting a blur image on Facebook only made things worse.
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    Try cloning the layer, run a high-pass filter through, and adjusting the blending options/opacity. Mask where necessary.

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    This is what I always do:
    1. Convert the image from RGB to Lab
    2. Select Lightness Channel
    3. Apply Unsharp Mask onto Lightness Channel
    4. Convert back to RGB.

    As always there might be better way to do this though, and nothing beats a retake.
    Last edited by Foxshade; 5th January 2010 at 12:44 PM.
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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    easier to reshoot

    get it right on camera

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    Default Re: fixing out of focus (blurred) photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Peano View Post
    In my experience, blurred photos are almost always toast.
    agreed. photoshop can save color problems, contrast/saturation problems.

    but it almost fails at blurring. i been using ps for a good 5 years already. and i can tell u its really hopeless. sharp/unsharp mask can do minor help. but since ur camera doesnt have tat focused image data, no matter how mch u try also cant get it to look sharp.

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