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Old 08-01-2008, 08:53 AM
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Question Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

Hello all!

I am new here, my name is Kirsten, 24 year old designer, and I am from beautiful BC, Canada! I found this board on google, and I am glad I did!

I have a challenging project; restoring a blurry image. The facial features are there, but blurred, and I am wondering if anyone has any tips on the best way to go about this. I want to make a good impression on this client and get it as sharp and clean as possible. I am thinking about sharpening, then using a skin smoothing action and using brush to draw/darken some of the facial features.. if anyone has experience with this I'd so appreciate any tips or advice.

Thank you so much.. small version of image is attached. I am guessing its a sentimental photo for the client.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:13 AM
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Re: Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

Kgirl, welcome to retouch pro.

Well perhaps you want to leave some blur in the photo to keep this neat photo as dynamic as it is now. There are several ways to sharpen an image like this. I used smart sharpen remove motion.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:52 AM
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Re: Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

Hello there

Thanks so much for your suggestion I will check that out in photoshop..

the client specifically contracted me to fix this image so, leaving it blurry is not an option for sure. well, the background isn't as important, I will probably blur it out to put more focus on the boy, and will probably end up drawing the missing sharp edges *eep* I hope it turns out I really want to make a good impression
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:20 PM
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Re: Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

I understand that you want to make a good impression but retouchers aren't miracle workers. Don't be afraid to turn down work that's just unreasonable. This photo is just horrible. Photoshop shouldn't be used to 'fix' bad photography, but to finish good photography. Good retouching starts with good photography. This image never going to look great.

But good luck if you're determined to give it a go.

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Old 08-02-2008, 12:00 AM
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Haha yeah it really isn't a good photo is it. Not sure their reason for wanting this sharpened but I am going to give it a shot. I'll post it when its done
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:00 AM
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:34 AM
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Almost done...

I am pretty happy with the results
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:10 PM
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Re: Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

Some people here have used Focus Magic for they kind of problems. I think the results have been very positive. I haven't used it but here is the link to their site. The price is $45 US. There may be a demo version you can try.

http://www.focusmagic.com/
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:34 PM
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I did end up using focus magic to start, but wasn't too happy with the results. It basically gave the same type of results as smart sharpen.

So, I went on to rebuild alot of the facial features and used the overlay/high up technique to further shapen.. I added edges, blending and shadows by hand etc, it took me about 8 hours but I am done! Here are my results. I hope my client is happy! I am pretty pleased with it

In the pics is the original, then pic with background left, then one with it blurred out to put more focus on the subject, so client can choose which he prefers.
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:44 AM
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Re: Need some advice on restoring a blurry image

Nice job. The only thing I would say is that on my monitor, your final image looks a little desaturated (could be calibration differences). Contrast and colour saturation also help the illusion of sharpness.

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I did end up using focus magic to start, but wasn't too happy with the results. It basically gave the same type of results as smart sharpen.

So, I went on to rebuild alot of the facial features and used the overlay/high up technique to further shapen.. I added edges, blending and shadows by hand etc, it took me about 8 hours but I am done! Here are my results. I hope my client is happy! I am pretty pleased with it

In the pics is the original, then pic with background left, then one with it blurred out to put more focus on the subject, so client can choose which he prefers.
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