How to Fix Out of Focus Photos

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How to Fix Out of Focus Photos
With modern technolgy, repairing blurry pictures is easier than ever. (photo camera image by A74.FR Ben Fontaine from Fotolia.com)

There are many different reasons for blurry photos. Sometimes it's simply a question of focus, and sometimes it can be caused by excess motion or lighting issues. In the old days, blurry photos were nearly impossible to deal with, but that has changed. It's not always possible to perfectly fix the problem, but modern software is capable of making several small adjustments that can help sharpen your pictures and lessen the blurriness.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Image-editing software
  • Digital camera or film camera

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Get some image-editing software for your computer, if you don't have any. There are many different programs available for nearly every operating system. Some very powerful ones are free, and some can be very expensive. Most of them can handle some or all of these steps. If you don't have a package already, do a little investigation and find one that suits your situation and budget.

  2. 2

    Transfer your pictures from your digital camera to your computer. The operations for doing that will vary depending on the camera you own. Consult your documentation. If you have a film camera, have your photos developed and burnt onto a CD-ROM for easy transfer to your computer.

  3. 3

    Apply a "sharpen" filter to your picture. Nearly all image editors have this feature. Don't set the filter too high, or you can make the picture look very grainy.

  4. 4

    Use a sharpen edges filter. This will make the lines and edges in your photo more clearly defined. Make sure and don't overdo it, or your photo might end up looking pixelated around the edges.

  5. 5

    Paint on the image using a sharpening filter. This will allow you to deal with images that have only a few blurry spots. Select the degree of sharpening your want, and hold in your mouse button while moving your cursor back and forth over the sections that need a touch-up.

  6. 6

    Consider purchasing a specialised piece of software that is specifically designed to deal with blur in photos if none of the above steps are helpful. In some cases these specialised software packages can't even deal with the problem, but if the photo is particularly special to you, it might be worth a try. Sometimes bad photographs are simply a lost cause, even with all the modern technology available.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid creating blurry photos in the first place, make sure to keep your camera as still as possible and adjust your settings for the situation.

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