Fixing Blurry Images

Just thought I would add this to my bubble for those of you who might be having trouble with blurry photos. You can do a lot to help a blurry image by using Photoshop. Always, always, always, the last step you take before saving your file is to sharpen the image. Never do it first or in the middle of editing but always last!! You may not always want to sharpen an image, but when you do always do it last. First go up to the menu and click image-mode-and convert your image from RGB to lab color. Then in the channels box click on the lightness channel. Click on filters in the menu, then sharpness and select unsharp mask. This may sound like the wrong thing to do but it is the best way to sharpen an image believe me. When the box opens, set the “amount” at 65, the “radius” at 4 and the “threshold” at 3. Click ok. You may want to apply this setting twice. If you find it is too sharp go up to edit and click on fade unsharp mask, then turn back the slider till you get what you like. Finally convert your image back to RGB. This will help quite a bit to improve a blurred image or any image with very hard edges such as steel. I learned this from watching Photoshop tutorials this past few days when I was layed up in bed. Actually to sharpen any photo the unsharp mask is the best method to use. For a photo with people use these settings: "amount"at 150,"radius"at 1,"threshold"at 10, and as a general purpose setting for most photos use: "amount"at 85, "radius"at 1 and "threshold"at 4. You can always play around a bit with these values to see what works best. Hope this helps. It has made a big difference to my photos if you look at the last few of the ducks I uploaded, there is quite a difference from the first one’s I put on RB. It won’t always work,sometimes you just have to toss a bad photo out and forget it.

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