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Old 06-04-2008, 06:22 PM
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Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

This is a family photo and is very blured is there anything that I can do to bring it back? Any sugustions would help.

Thank you in advance,
Terrence
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:51 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

I set the sharpen tool to 80 and that was it. I then tried to despeckle it but could not get it to improve things. I am confident that there are many more things that can be done, but I do not know how to do them yet.

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:33 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

the sharpening definitely helped that, jim. nice touch. and welcome to RP.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:53 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

Phillip,
As you may know, there is no real way to bring an out-of-focus image back into focus. However, Photoshop's (and other sw) sharpening tools do trick the eyes into thinking it is more in focus. The edge contrast is enhanced which allows the eye to regain some image detail.
Jim's image is very nice. It did introduce some noise/grain though. You can do the same thing in your software using the sharpening tools. Afterward, create a basic mask on a new layer and simply paint black over the non-critical areas. Leave the faces sharpened, as well as some of the clothing. At that point, most people will see the family in more detail. The lack of detail on the rest will simply bring their eye to the family more.

Hope that helps. Good luck !
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:10 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

Here's another stab at it using an old LAB mode sharpening trick in PS.

Switching from RGB to LAB and sharpening on the "L" or Lightness channel usually allows you to sharpen the image a bit more with less artifacting but as mentioned before, there no easy filter or remedy for out of focus shots.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:21 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

There is some motion blur, I think. I tried to use Focus Magic.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:25 PM
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nice, chillin
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:31 PM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

Thanks Kraellin.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:04 AM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

I used a program called Focus Magic on this one:
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:20 AM
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Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE

ya know, that guy on the far right looks so much like my dad that's it really quite remarkable.
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