How to Edit Blurry Pictures

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How to Edit Blurry Pictures
You can use photo-editing software to edit photos that are blurry. (pile de photo image by WSC from

Today's point and shoot digital cameras have made it easy for just about anyone to take high-quality pictures of their favourite moments. However, whether it is the simplest or most complex camera, sometimes a shaky hand or a mistaken focal point can lead to blurry pictures. Photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, however, makes it possible to eliminate some of the blurriness.

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    Click on the image you wish to edit and open it using Photoshop.

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    Duplicate the original picture by clicking on the "Layers" menu and selecting the "Duplicate Layer" tool. This duplicate image is where you will do your sharpening and allows you to create a backup of the picture prior to doing your editing.

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    Utilising the "Filter" tool at the top of the window you will open the "Other" option and then "High Pass". This is where you will enter a value between 4.0 and 5.0 under "Radius." This will give you control over the number of pixels you wish to alter and is adjustable by as little as 0.1 pixels at a time.

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    Change that layer to "Overlay" and you will find the image is now somewhat sharper.

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    Adding the "Unsharpen Mask " option under "Filter" is another tool you can use to add detail and further sharpen your image. This tool creates a duplicate image that the software will use to compare to the original and force it to create a sharper line around the image.

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    Select the "Sharpening Tool" as a way to further clarify your image. Click on the "Sharpening Tool" icon and while holding the button down, use your mouse to move the tool over the specific portion of the image you wish to see sharpened. This technique will bring out slightly more detail in your picture and can be used multiple times or until you achieve the results you are looking for.

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