How to Clear Up Fuzzy Photos on a Computer

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How to Clear Up Fuzzy Photos on a Computer
You can use graphic-art programs to fix fuzzy photos. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If you take a digital photo that turns out fuzzy, you can use computer software, such as Photoshop, GIMP or Paint Shop Pro, to fix your image. Graphic-editing programs such as these allow you to apply a filter called "Sharpen" that will clarify and focus blurry pictures. You can then use the edited photos for websites, social networks, photo sharing or in digital documents.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Photoshop

  1. 1

    Launch Photoshop on your computer and open your photo in the software.

  2. 2

    Click "Filter" from the top toolbar, then click "Sharpen."

  3. 3

    Click "Smart Sharpen" from the menu.

  4. 4

    Adjust your sharpening settings using the sliders. You will see the changes to your image in the preview screen.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to apply the changes, then save your edited photo.

    GIMP

  1. 1

    Launch GIMP on your computer and load your photo into the software.

  2. 2

    Click the "Filters" option from the top menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Enhance," then select "Sharpen."

  4. 4

    Adjust the sharpness intensity using the slider, then click "OK" to sharpen your image.

  5. 5

    Save your edited photo to your computer.

    Paint Shop Pro

  1. 1

    Launch Paint Shop Pro and load your fuzzy photo into the software.

  2. 2

    Click "Adjust" from the top toolbar, then click "Sharpness."

  3. 3

    Click "Sharpen" to focus a slightly fuzzy image or "Sharpen More" to focus a very fuzzy image. You may need to apply the filter more than once.

  4. 4

    Save the changes to your photo.

Tips and warnings

  • Although the Sharpen feature can improve the quality of many fuzzy pictures, if your photo is too blurry, Sharpen may not be able to fix it.
  • Do not overuse the Sharpen tool as this can make your image look grainy.

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