An Easy Way to Sharpen Blurry Images

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I've been traveling a lot this year, which means lots of photography. The trouble is, I hate lugging around all my gear, and so I often resign myself to just one body and one lens for day to day picture taking. It's a much lighter setup, but it can be really easy to miss out on a lot of great pictures because of camera shake and not having enough time to get the shot.

In the new Photoshop CC, there's a handy new effect called Smart Sharpen that allows users to select a point in the photo that was meant to the be the focus point and then adjust the camera blur based on said point.

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I tested this out on a few shots of balloons and found that for the most part, it's effective when one point is meant to be in focus and the rest of the image is supposed to be blurred to provide a nice depth of field. It's less effective when an entire image is out of focus.

Here's a handy tutorial from Photoshop for reference:

For photos that are completely out of focus, check out the Photoshop plugin Piccure, which Apartment Therapy put to the test here.

(Image: Elizabeth Giorgi)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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