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Old 05-21-2009, 01:22 PM
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Can anyone please suggest how to sharpen the people at the top of the picture. One is a relative of a friend and the only photo she has of him.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:56 PM
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Seriously? Well, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that there is nothing one can do with that. Sure I've watched CSI but I doubt there is any software that can help. Maybe that's just how he looked
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:51 PM
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Re: Out of Focus

Salad,
Unfortunately, I would agree with Smoothfluid. It looks like you may be able to recover some detail from the shoulders down, using the motion blur filter. However, the faces really lake enough detail to recover anything. If you are very artistic, you may be able to touch the faces up to get close. But, our eyes and brain are so sensitive to facial symmetry and features, that it may be a lost cause.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:53 AM
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Re: Out of Focus

Thanks Guys,

You have confirmed my thoughts after using the CS3 sharpen filters and also Photo Magic. I just remember seeing a news report a couple of months ago where the Police managed to extract an image from a face which had been distorted. I wonder if this photo was taken with for example a fish eye lens to distort the background.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:00 AM
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Re: Out of Focus

Not much can be done with it, the result could be a little better using a tif scan, avoiding the jpg artifacts
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:54 PM
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Re: Out of Focus

i've looked at this under paint shop pro and image analyzer. no hope for the upper row. i tried normal sharpening, unsharp mask, deconvolution and a couple other techniques. t'aint gonna happen.

and since you also tried focus magic, which is pretty good at this, you can be pretty sure it's not gonna fix. you could also try 'Unshake', but focus magic is just as good, if not a touch better, so, i wouldnt hope for much.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:58 AM
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Re: Out of Focus

Some of your problem is the Resolution at 96, change it to 72.
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