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Old Sep 17, 2006, 8:16 PM   #1
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A newbie questions? How should I fix a out of focus picture in Photoshop?
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Old Sep 17, 2006, 11:33 PM   #2
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Sorry, but if it's out of focus there's not a lot you can do. If it's a little bit off you might be able to get it acceptably sharp using the unsharp mask filter. Post your pic and see if anyone can do anything for it.
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Old Oct 2, 2006, 3:34 PM   #3
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There are some "specialized" programs like FocusMagic but they're probably not much better than generic sharpening commands in regular editors.
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I have a pic of my cousin and I that is out of focus. Its a wonderful picture of us and I would love to have it cleared up, I have tried what I am capable of doing with no succes. I was hoping somebody here would be able to help me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Appears to be camera shake rather than out of focus.Should have used flash as 1/3 sec exposure is too long for hand held.
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is there any possible way to clear it up?? even if its just a little bit.
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 9:23 AM   #7
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You can make it look a little sharper by using some USM (Unsharp Mask), a feature available in many image editors. But, as previously mentioned, you've got blur from shutter speeds that are too slow. You needed to use a flash in that lighting.

Here is an example using DigiKam, a free image editor available for Linux. I'm running in SimplyMEPIS 6.0 (a Linux Distribution) right this minute. My PC is setup triboot, so that I select the Operating System I boot into (Windows XP Pro, SimplyMEPIS 6.0, Kanotix 2006-01-Release Candidate 4). I try not to use Windows anymore than absolutely necessary (very little lately).

I used the built in "focus fix" feature (which is not your problem, but it helps just the same) using the editor's default values.

Then, I used a healthy dose of USM to make it appear a bit sharper. I could repeat the steps above with slightly different settings and get it even better given time.

Edit... attached image replaced with second attempt using more aggresive settings (it's a tradeoff between perceived sharpness/unwanted artifacts).

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Step 1 - Refocus (this feature may not be available in most image editors, but it's not that much benefit compared to USM alone in this case)

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Step 2 - USM (Unsharp Mask) - This feature is available in most image editors. I only tried a couple of settings combinations (using a relatively aggresive one for the photo above). You can experiment to get better results.


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Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:43 PM   #10
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I took a shot at this using Image analyzer, which has some pretty good deconvolution correction. The difficulty seems to be both camera shake and focus. After deblurring, I opened the pick up in Photoimpact and applied a soft spot effect to lighten up the main subjects and also blur the fore- and background in order to isolate the main subjects.

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