Blurry photos are the pits. Especially when they’re of important events.
Case in point: I did a series of senior grad photos for a friend a few years ago and got a lot of really great photos, but wouldn’t you know . . . one of my favorites was blurry upon closer examination.
I’m talking about the kind of photo that looks fine on the LCD screen, even when you zoom in a bit, but when you actually download the photo and view it on your computer, you can immediately tell that the focus is too soft.
But wait—there is a possible solution—as long as it isn’t too blurry. Try the High Pass Filter in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I filmed a tutorial about this for Scrapbook Memories TV a few years ago, but thought I would share it with you here, just in case you haven’t seen it.
You’ll be taking a lot of photos in 2011, right? That means you’ll need this technique, because, chances are, some of your favorite photos will be slightly blurry. I use the High Pass filter so often that I’ve actually made a Photoshop action for it, complete with a layer mask to mask away areas you don’t want to sharpen.
(Watch the video for the masking tip, which I didn’t include in the Scrapbook Memories TV version.)
In the video it may be hard for you to see the difference made by the High Pass filter, so here’s a closeup before and after:
Here’s the page I made with my “blurry” photo:
To watch the video, click on your version below.
Download a PDF manual with the written steps for the High Pass Filter technique.