How to Fix Out of Focus Digital Photos

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One of the most frustrating moments in photography happens when you snap a great photo, only to find out your main subject is not completely in focus. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely correct an out-of-focus photo. However, there are some tricks you can use to make it more presentable so that it won't be a total throw-away.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital Photo
  • Photo editing software that has a sharpen tool and blur tool.

How to Fix Out of Focus Digital Photos

  • Get a digital image. This can be done by scanning an image onto your computer or by uploading directly from your digital camera.

  • Open the image in your photo software.

  • Use the Sharpen tool. Some programs will have a Sharpen filter. If so, use this. Otherwise run the Sharpen tool manually over the areas you want to sharpen.

  • Use the blur tool to blend areas that may have become too grainy during sharpening.

  • Increase the contrast of the photo. This will often help an image to look sharper.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your software has a "sharpen edges" option, use this on portraits of people. This way you can sharpen the edges without making the skin look grainy.
  • If you have an extremely blurry photo, you might want to try bringing only a specific portion into focus. For example, on a picture of a person, work on sharpening their eyes. This way you still get an artistic, usable photo.
  • Avoid over-sharpening. Sometimes a photo is too blurry to be salvaged, and no amount of sharpening will help. Over-sharpening just makes the photo look grainy and cheap.

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