@Veryweird - the manual one looks great, too!
That’s looking very similar to my results. I then cloned and painted out the ‘Outline’ on a blank layer.
I understand that all these De-Blur filters work using De-Convolution. But getting the correct settings is very difficult. Especially with an image like this where objects are at different distances and hence different degrees of blur.
One ‘trick’ is to re-blur the background so that the people look sharper.
Your results look as good as Fafdb (Or any other de-blurring software)
If you have time could you try this image so that we can compare.
I tried your method but could not get decent results. If you try this, could you list your settings please.
I have played with Verywierd’s method some more.
1) Dupe the background
5) Set blend mode to soft Light
6) Move the layer to match
7) Select All>Copy Merged>Paste
8) High Pass>Hard Light
9) Move the layer to match.
The results are not quite as good as the Fafdb Sample.
But I am also finding it impossible to repeat Fafdb sample results.
Does anyone know how to do de-convolution ‘Manually’? Is it possible?
I tried with AstraImage-Van Cittert deconvolution - default setting of 2 iterations, PSF Type - Gassian and curve radius 2.
I had a quick go at the engraving (?). Basically used the emboss filter on desaturated copy layers with a small amount of movement of the layers. Applied using soft light blending mode and a little layer transparency adjustment.
One thing to note is that the direction of light in the "emboss" filter drastically changes the effect. By rotating the light you raise or lower different portions of the image. This allows you to find the emboss effect that best suits the particualar image. I did this twice with two different directions of light (flattening and saving the layers after the first round).
Note that I did clone out the double layer above the arms of the two main characters (on a blank layer with a small amount of gaussian blur).
After that it was just colour balancing and contrast adjustment.
have you thought about adding slight DOF to the image? Sometimes that will make the areas that aren't affected by DOF seem sharper/clearer. Dunno about this pic, but you might test that method as well.
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