How to unblur photos (2018)

Learn how to unblur photos on the go. But why a photo or image gets blur? Here are some possible causes:

  • Camera shake, vibration.
  • Insufficient focus can all create a blurry photos that either detracts or outright ruins an image.
  • Light issues, etc

You can sharpen images and sometimes remove blur altogether using a range of tools. You can do it with Photoshop, a mobile app or an online tool. The results largely depend on the tool you use and the level of blur in the image.

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With images rapidly taking over social media and the internet at large, the quality of your pictures count for a lot. We will often have the luxury of time to frame, focus and take a shot carefully but it won’t always be the case. We may take an image in a hurry or take one of a moving object or evolving situation. It is for these things that the following tools and techniques will work best.

 

—Ways To Unblur Photos—

 


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING SNAPSEED (Smartphone)

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Snapseed is an app from Google that works on both Android and iPhones. It is a full image editor that works on most newer devices and has a full feature set. One thing it does well is sharpened images. You can also selectively blur images too if you want to go the other way.

  1. Open your image in Snapseed.
  2. Select the details menu option.
  3. Select sharpen or structure either unblur or show more detail.

Both Sharpen and Structure combine to make a lot of difference to a once blurry image. I tend to use Sharpen first to remove as much blur as possible and then use Structure to bring back the detail. This will take a little trial and error until you get the levels just to your liking but once you do, your image should be crystal clear and ready to go.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING PAINT.NET

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Paint.net is another free image editing tool that can achieve a lot at no cost. Sharpening is not one of its strong suits but it does a credible job of reducing blur in images.

  1. Open the image in Paint.net.
  2. Select Effects, Picture and Sharpen.
  3. Move the slider in the Sharpen popup to a level you are happy with.
  4. Select OK and save.

The Sharpen tool can then introduce noise into the image. You may be able to reduce that by using Effects and Noise Reduction. Again, adjust until you are happy.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING PHOTOSHOP

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Photoshop has several tools you can use to unblur images. I know of three different ways to achieve a much sharper image from a blurry image. Each does things slightly different and works in different situations. You just need a little trial and error to figure out which is which.

  1. Open your image in Photoshop Elements and then:
  2. Select the Filters menu and then Enhance.
  3. Select Unsharp Mask.
  4. Adjust both the Radius and Amount until your image is sharp.

This takes a little adjusting to get right but works very well at unblurring a picture.

Using just Photoshop:

  1. Open your image in Photoshop.
  2. Duplicate the background layer and select it.
  3. Select Filter, Other and High Pass and set it to 10%.
  4. Select the blend mode of the layer to hard light and set the opacity until the image is clear.

If you use a newer version of Photoshop, you can also use camera shake reduction to reduce blur in images.

  1. Open your image in Photoshop.
  2. Select Filter, Sharpen and Shake Reduction.
  3. Allow Photoshop to work its magic and preview the differences.

This final option has Photoshop do all the work. No user input as to settings and levels is required. As long as you have preview enabled, you should see the before and after image side by side.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING GIMP

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If you don’t have Photoshop, you could use the free image editor GIMP. It is an excellent program that can do a lot. Considering it is free, it is a very feature-rich application that I often recommend. It isn’t quite as powerful as Photoshop but it is free and does everything most of us need it to do, including unblurring an image.

  1. Open the image in GIMP.
  2. Select Blur/Sharpen from the Toolbox.
  3. Select Sharpen and drag your mouse over the image to sharpen it all or select a portion to sharpen just part of it.

As you select parts of the image to sharpen, GIMP automatically does its work. You should see the image dynamically sharpen as you move your mouse. It is quite effective at un-blurring images and works well.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING BLURITY

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Blurity can remove motion blurs which are caused when you move your camera while taking picture or focus blurs which are caused when the focus of the camera doesn’t work well. You can download Blurity for Windows.

The unblurred images will, however, be having watermarks. To get rid of them, you will have to buy the paid version. It costs about $79. With Blurity, you can unblur even text images such as photos of notes that you have taken, but accidentally they were blurred.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING SMART DEBLUR

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Using smart deblur, you can change motion blurred images into bright ones using automatic shake pattern analysis that it performs. Also, you can undo Gaussian blur and remove the irregularities of defocused images. The trial version is free. You can upgrade to Home and Pro versions for better features. The home version can be bought at $49. For better functionalities, the Pro version can be installed at the cost of $98.


  • UNBLUR A PICTURE USING ONLINE TOOLS

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There are some online popular tools to unblur a picture.

Fotor is a great photo editing suite that offers a range of free photo editing tools from within the website. There are Pro tools as well for a cost, but for most of us, the free ones do enough. The tool itself offers to add artistic blur to an image but by using it and then scaling blur down you can reduce it too.

Use the Basic tools in the left menu, then Basic in the second left menu. There is a Sharpen slider within there to unblur your picture.

Photo Sharpen is much lower tech and does the work for you. It uses an algorithm to sharpen images. You upload your image and select the Sharpen button. The website does the rest. It will then show you a sharper image as a result. You cannot tune the results but the site does a pretty good job of reducing blur

Movavi Photo Editor is available for Windows and Mac platforms. One can download the software and use the sharpen tool to deblur images. Drag and drop the picture and adjust the blur intensity using slider button. It is an entirely free tool and gives good results.

Apart from these online and PC tools, many apps allow you to deblur photos on the go! Now, these apps are convenient because these days we capture most of the pics using our mobile phones. It is a messy task to copy them to our computers and then deblur them. These apps can be used in such cases.


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