How to Fix a Blurry Photo Using GIMP

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How to Fix a Blurry Photo Using GIMP
Photo manipulation is easy and free with GIMP. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

GIMP is a free alternative to expensive image-manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop. You can use GIMP to do basic photo editing, changing the size, colour configuration, brightness and contrast of your digital pictures. Or you can use GIMP to remove red eye, add paintbrush effects or sharpen blurry photos and make them look more in-focus.

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  1. 1

    Launch GIMP and open the blurry photo you want to fix. Click "File," "Open," browse to the image, select it and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Right-click on the picture, select "Image," "Duplicate" to create a copy of the photo. Alter the copy while viewing the original file as a reference point.

  3. 3

    Click "Tools" from the top toolbar, "Paint Tools," "Blur/Sharpen." Alternatively, click on the icon that looks like a teardrop within the toolbox. Mark the "Preview" box to see your changes before making them.

  4. 4

    Select the "Sharpen" option beneath "Convolve Type" and a rate at which you want to sharpen the image. Select a brush size that's appropriate for the size of the area you need to sharpen -- a small brush size for smaller areas and larger brush size for larger areas. Experiment with various rates until you find the optimal amount of sharpening needed to fix your blurry image. Click on a level, then press "OK" to sharpen the picture. Continue this process until the image is no longer blurry.

  5. 5

    Click on the original layer, then press "Delete." Save your altered image by clicking "Save As" from the top menu. Give your file a unique name to distinguish it from the original and to avoid overwriting, and therefore losing, your original blurry digital image file.

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