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Post by westoelad » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:18 pm

Blurred photographs. :evil:

We have all suffered the disappointment when we download our shots to find one or two of the photographs we have taken are little out of focus or blurred.
Or we have some old film photographs that are not as sharp as they should have been and have not been developed to their full and desired effect.

The question is, can anything be done to rectify the image?

Well providing the image is not too badly out of focus or blurred and you have some decent post processing software the answer I have found is yes!

I was recently asked if I would digitise some old photographs for a neighbour so they could share the memories amongst their family members and with the lady's permission I would like to share the results of one photograph that worked very well.

This image is from a 10 x 8 inch black and white photograph and was scanned with a large pixel count of 800 of the lady as a young girl at dress rehearsal for Snow White.

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As you can see the definition in the scanned image (and the original) is not very well defined and is in my opinion blurred or even the result of the shot being taken slightly out of focus.

Using Adobe CS5 Enterprise student edition (pinched off my daughter) here a few tips to hopefully help anyone who may find the need - and have the time to rectify a photograph with this type of problem.

1. open up the image and create a duplicate layer, drag the background thumbnail in the layers pallet to the bottom second from left icon and release you will now have two layers, background and background copy.
2. On the top menu selection bar select FILTER then OTHER and then HIGH PASS.
3. Set the HIGH PASS radius so you can just begin to see the outline of the images in the photograph appear - this is important - this can be as low a value as 1 or as high as 6, for a good result do not select too high a number - you may need to experiment at his stage.
4.Double click the greyed out background copy thumbnail in the layers pallet and this will bring up the blending options. In the blending mode drop down select any option (in the group Overlay to Hardmix) the vivid light being the option selected for my image and reduce the opacity to 67%. Again you have to play about to get the right result as 100% in many cases is too strong. Once happy with the result hit OK.
5. you now need to flatten the image that is to merge the layers together to see the result, so select LAYER from the top menu options then FLATTEN.
6. If you find that this process has accentuated noise on the image you can reduce it using the FILTER, NOISE reduce noise options as normal.
7. Further sharpening if required is best done by selecting IMAGE, MODE,LAB COLOUR. Select CHANNELS (bottom right next to layers) select the lightness thumbnail by clicking on it once. Back up to the menu bar select FILTER, SHARPEN, UNSHARP MASK and use the settings Amount = 85, Radius= 4 and threshold = 1 and apply. If you think the image has been over done select EDIT from the top menus then FADE UNSHARP MASK and use the slider to reduce the effect of the unsharp mask filter. Once happy with the result select IMAGE from the top menu, MODE and revert the image back to RGB Colour, apply the auto tone function from the image option on the top menu to balance the final image then you can save the image to a jpeg or what ever your preference is.

This is the result of the above process:

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Re: Blurry images

Post by Blue... » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:36 pm

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That is unbelievably fantastic… however… I didn’t understand a word of what you said lol

Can you do a youtube of exactly what you wrote?
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Re: Blurry images

Post by Blue... » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:13 pm

no wiat... i've worked it all out.. sortta...

i've got CS5 extended too.. student edition.. my daughters of course... :-"
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Post by westoelad » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:43 pm

Sorry if it seems a bit heavy........................One step at a time though and you will get there #-o
Got my copy courtesy of my daughter being at University at a fraction of the cost I would have had to outlay.
I am astounded at the updates and the amount of freebies that Adobe keep putting my way - great product.
A young guy was sacked on the spot at my works one morning and escorted off the premises. Everyone was aghast - no explanation given.
It transpired some months after the event that he had a copy of Photoshop on his machine..........
Every machine has an IP addresss and mac identity and they had traced him to the company who had no licence for the product.......
Sent a few of us running for cover I will tell you !!

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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:57 pm

Gee that's amazing, the difference between the blurry photo and the clearer sharper one =D> Really puts some hope into some of them photos I have that are special but blurred :? All I need now is on of them photoshop programmes, one day I suppose, but...that fella that got sacked from your workplace, was that because it was on a registered business/work computer and not a personal home computer? Just wondered if that was the difference as to why some action was taken by the photoshop company to bother tracing this computer etc.

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Post by westoelad » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:23 pm

The lad lost his job because he had broken company rules of installing not only non approved software but a pirated copy on the company's PC.
That said it was not our IT department that picked up on the installed software! some months after, we all got new machines and whilst the IT people were setting them up we mentioned what had happened. The tech guys were as shocked at the time as we were, as it came to light that Adobe had threatened to take the company to court for illegal and improper use of their product and this was not taken lightly.
Nowadays this should not happen again as the compnay has in place a pc policy were every PC is checked when signing on and signing off through a piece of software on the machine and even if we want to install approved software we have to apply for admin rights that only last for upto 2 hours at the most.
I have never heard of any private user being tasked about pirate copies of which just about everyone and their dog have a copy of something or other, and I do not think I would ever have had a legit copy had it not been a requirement of my daughters studies to obtain the genuine product. Adobe Photoshop is not the only software she has been able to aquire very cheaply, for instance she bought Microsoft Office for £7.50, bless her!

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Post by danet » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:51 am

That's all very interesting to read about pc company policies. But I was just thinking, re: your daughter being a student and acquriring software for a good price, my daughter is now a student, but doing studies at home, with borrowed money from the Govt. for this councelling course of approx 1 year (the Government lends $10,000 au for the course, and $2,000 interest as a one of payment on top of this borrowing, so that's $12,000 all up for her study, that she has to pay back one day, when she earns over $45,000 per annum, but until then, the borrowings stay put until she can pay it back etc)....so, here I am thinking, with this, there may be an opportunity to utilize her student status to buy a photoshop software :D Well, now I have something to enquire about, fingers xed.

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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:54 am

I am still absolutely amazed when I look at the photos you have put up, the blurry one, and the fixed up sharpened one, simply fantastic!

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Post by Blue... » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:36 am

danet wrote:That's all very interesting to read about pc company policies. But I was just thinking, re: your daughter being a student and acquriring software for a good price, my daughter is now a student, but doing studies at home, with borrowed money from the Govt. for this councelling course of approx 1 year (the Government lends $10,000 au for the course, and $2,000 interest as a one of payment on top of this borrowing, so that's $12,000 all up for her study, that she has to pay back one day, when she earns over $45,000 per annum, but until then, the borrowings stay put until she can pay it back etc)....so, here I am thinking, with this, there may be an opportunity to utilize her student status to buy a photoshop software :D Well, now I have something to enquire about, fingers xed.

needs to be a two year course of at a higher education institution...
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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Oh, what a bummer! I will just have to pay through the nose, like I always seem to do, unless I can pick up one from ebay, do these things get to be sold on ebay once the student is finished with it?

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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:04 am

Uni, TAFE, College: Students

Both full and part-time students who reside in Australia can purchase at education prices as long as;



1. you are working towards an apprenticeship, certificate level 1-4, diploma, degree, or post-graduate degree at an accredited institution, ie University, TAFE, or Vocational College.

2. your course length exceeds 6 months.


This is what I have read on the Adobe web site, and as daughter is doing a year long course with some certificate or whatever, via University, so it may mean she does qualify for the student concession, as she is a 'full time' student. So, I will have to contact the department to find out more.

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Post by Blue... » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:24 am

danet wrote:Uni, TAFE, College: Students

Both full and part-time students who reside in Australia can purchase at education prices as long as;



1. you are working towards an apprenticeship, certificate level 1-4, diploma, degree, or post-graduate degree at an accredited institution, ie University, TAFE, or Vocational College.

2. your course length exceeds 6 months.


This is what I have read on the Adobe web site, and as daughter is doing a year long course with some certificate or whatever, via University, so it may mean she does qualify for the student concession, as she is a 'full time' student. So, I will have to contact the department to find out more.
yes, but in what country does that equate to?

this was in the australian copy we bought... you may need to save it to your desktop to read it properly

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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:35 pm

Yes, I must have just put in Adobe in general, and it must have been an American requirement of 6 months or more, then I did find an Australian Adobe web site, which states exactly what you have shown in that rule book, Bluey. So it is a minimum of 2 years study for Oz.
I have a 1800 number I can call Australian Adobe, and will find out a bit more. Just in case. (here's me hoping of course).

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Re: Blurry images

Post by danet » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:37 pm

Otherwise, looks like I am going to have to put up with the blurry photos :?

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Post by Blue... » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:22 pm

if you know someone who knows someone you''ll get a copy... your daughter may know somone who's on a longer course...

once you get a students copy then you have to set up an adobe account which has to be under the students name and address etc...

but if you can save $800 it's worth it ;)

i finde PS a little hard to use at times and still like my paintshop photo pro.... i had to watch a number of youtubes to get to learn things that i wanted to do... for instance... how to put a panorama photo together... and, how to make pictures more vibrant :D

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Post by danet » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:35 pm

Well would you believe, my daughter's friend Samantha, just rocked in with all her uni books, and said she can get me a copy!! And I was showing her this thread, and she took an interest in it, and was impressed by what she saw some have done with photos on photoshop =D>

Now, I have seen the version I am after, on ebay, brand new in a box, for the same price you can order it if you are a student. So how does that work out then? And, I phoned Adobe Australia, and the woman told me my daughter does qualify....I kept saying but she is only doing one year, not two, but she insisted she qualifies, and just needs to provide proof of id and payment and the course and with whom.

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Post by Blue... » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:07 pm

Ok,

Buy the copy off ebay which should be no more than $200 for the extended edition..

If the woman at adobe Australia says that your daughters course is ok then just use all of her details…

Set up an Adobe account under her name and address… you can use your own address if you want as it doesn’t really matter but you have to use all of HER details…

Once you get the PS box it’ll give you a web address to go to so that you can register your copy… along the way it’ll ask you to LOG IN which has to be done under your daughters account…

In the PS box on that yellow piece of paper there’s a special serial number you’ll have to use.. the “coupon code” … it’ll ask you as you fill in the details.. also… it’ll ask you for a Apart Number of the item.. it’s on the box on a special sticker… it’ll say PN: 64566564

Your daughter should have a student ID card… take a picture of that and upload it to adobe as you are registering…

Then, you’ll get a case number… they’ll email that to you …

After its all uploaded it’ll take a few days for them to send you your serial number for your copy of PS ….

In the meantime… you can either download a trial copy or load your disc copy and use it free for 30 days anyways….
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Post by danet » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:55 pm

Thanks for all that info Bluey. I wondered about buying it off Ebay, with all that pin number thingy to do, would it still work, as it would be a new sealed Adobe Photoshop box?

Last night, I downloaded Gimp, off the internet, which is offered for free. So I had a play around with it, and learnt a bit about smudging and blurring tools, which I think I like, as I can then smudge or blurr backgrounds, so make the subject stand out :D

Takes time to learn all these 'tools' on these types of photoshop programmes. How did you find learning about it?

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Re: Blurry images

Post by Blue... » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:54 am

Yeh just buy one off ebay… it’s like buying it out of a store but cheaper..

i'll send you a PM for a good seller...
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Re: Blurry images

Post by ralph » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:13 am

I am very impressed with the change you were able to make in the out of focus photo, and like others, would love to be able to use 'Photoshop', but it always seems to me that the instructions are aimed at people who are already expert in its use. It is a very expensive program and a lot to lay out if you fail to get to grips with it. Are there any books written about its use that are aimed at a complete novice, that uses terms we could understand? #-o

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