How to Fix Out-of-Focus Pictures When Scanned

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Fixing out-of-focus pictures when scanned is something you can do with the right computer software. Fix out-of-focus pictures when scanned with help from an art director in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Michael Mondragon from Nerdy Connections. Today, we are going to take an out-of-focus picture that was scanned and make it in focus. Now it's not going to be perfect but we are going to get as close as you can. Because an out-of-focus picture is out-of-focus. So we are going to actually try to make it sharper and try to get the best result we can out of it. Okay we have an image here of a hair dryer. And the first thing that we are going to notice is the body of this is actually in focus. But due to depth of field you'll notice that the front end is not sharp. So we are not going to actually make this completely sharp like you see over here on the right. But we are going to try to get as close as we can. So what we are going to do is we are going to zoom out here. And we are actually going to go to our layers and we are going to make a duplicate layer. Now this is going to be the layer that we are going to affect. So we are going to go to high pass. And what we are going to do is we are actually going to make a five pixel radius on the high pass. And now we are going to blend that. We are going to take that to overlay. And if you'll notice it's going to as I switch on and I toggle on and off the, that layer it looks a little bit more in focus. The contrast is much heavier now so we are actually going to get that effect. So we are actually going to merge that. We are going to command E and merge those layers together. Now this in itself would be a quick fix but we are actually going to go a step further. We are actually going to go to sharpen. We are going to go to unsharpen mask and we are going to set that amount to 50 percent, a radius of one. And we are going to give that a go. And now this picture is actually a lot sharper then the original. And the way we can gauge that, we can actually go to the our history and we can go back to what we started with. And there is our original. And it looks now a bit blurry but when we actually go to this it looks a lot sharper. So that's how we take an out-of-focus picture and try to make it as good and clean as we can. I'm Michael Mondragon from Nerdy Connections. I'm at www.nerdyconnections.com. And I'll see you next time.

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