In the past few decades, advances in camera technology have greatly improved our photos. Lighting, movement, and other factors can still cause them to appear blurry or distorted. If your photos are imperfect, there are ways to fix them.
Various software programs can be used to fix blurry photos in this article.
How to Fix Blurry Photos
Taking and editing photos on the go is a necessity these days. We’ll cover mobile and desktop options in this section.
How to Fix Blurry Photos on Mobile Devices
You can fix blurry photos with some amazing third-party applications, whether you’re using a tablet or smartphone. The best part is that these apps are available for both Android and iOS devices.
In the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, Snapseed is a simple and popular photo editing app. To sharpen your photos, follow these steps:
- To edit your blurry photo, open Snapseed and tap the ‘+’ button.
- At the bottom of the page, click Tools.
- In the editing menu, click Details.
- In the bottom center of the page, tap the selections option.
- You can adjust your photo by scrolling to Sharpen and using the slider.
Once you’ve finished making your adjustments, tap the checkmark in the lower right-hand corner. After that, you can download your photo for free and without watermarks to your device.
If you want to fix blurry photos on the go and for free, Adobe Lightroom is an excellent option. This app is also available on the Google Play Store and App Store. You can fix that blurry photo by following these steps:
- Tap the photo icon with a ‘+’ symbol in Adobe Lightroom on your mobile device. You can upload your blurry photo here. Open the editor by tapping it.
- At the bottom, tap Presets.
- Select Sharpening from the menu.
- The amount of sharpening you need depends on how blurry the photo is.
- Save your changes by clicking the checkmark in the upper right corner.
The two apps are easy to use, free, and very helpful for fixing blurry photos.
How to Fix Blurry Photos on a Mac
For Mac users, the native editing software can be used to fix blurry photos. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Select the photo you want to work with in the Photos app on your Mac.
- In the upper right corner, click Edit.
- On the right menu, click Sharpen. Make the adjustments you need to make to make your photo less blurry by moving the sliders.
- Click Done at the top right corner when you’ve finished editing the photo.
A new and improved version of the photo will now appear in the Photos app.
Fix Blurry Photos on PC Using Paint.net
Paint.net is an exclusive software available to PC users. It’s free, easy-to-use, and great for making your photos less blurry, just like the other methods we’ve discussed. Start by downloading the editing program.
It’s a good thing Paint.net has a few tricks up its sleeve to help mitigate some of my poor photography skills. Among them is the ability to sharpen out-of-focus or blurry images.
- Open Paint.net and the image you wish to edit.
- Then select Effects, Photo, and Sharpen.
- The slider can be used to sharpen the image. To sharpen, slide from left to right.
- Select the level that works best for you.
- The image should be saved.
The right level will require some sliding back and forth, but you’ll know it when you see it. The image becomes distorted, and the color may disappear if you go too far. Your image will remain slightly blurry if you don’t go far enough.
Blur the Background While Keeping the Subject Sharp in Paint.net
On the other hand, blurring an image purposefully can also work wonders. In an image, blurring the background can make the subject pop out and have quite an artistic effect. All else in this image is blurred, except for the subject, which is the focus of the image.
- The image you want to edit should be opened in Paint.net.
- Select all by pressing Ctrl + A.
- To copy all, press Ctrl + C.
- Ctrl + Shift + V pastes all into a new layer. Layer 1 (or Background) and Layer 2 should appear in the bottom right corner.
- From the left-hand menu, select the eraser.
- Make sure the brush width is large enough to cover the subject of the image.
- Deselect Layer 1 or Background by checking the box next to it.
- Smoothly erase the subject to include the entire image. There will be a gray and white box where you can erase, don’t worry.
- To select Layer 1 or Background, click the little check box next to it. Now the subject should return.
- You can choose between Blur and Gaussian Blur from the Effects menu.
- Slide the blur slider to see how much of the subject is blurred.
It will take some experimentation to capture the subject and blur it enough to make it stand out.
Tips for taking sharper pictures
Image editing tools are very good at what they do, but they aren’t magic. It is our responsibility as photographers to take good shots. I got these tips from a friend who is a professional photographer.
Hold the camera/phone properly
One of the biggest causes of blurry pictures is camera shake. Try to remain still while holding the camera in both hands, and support yourself on something like a wall, tree, or whatever. Ideally, you would use a tripod, but that isn’t always possible.
It is important to use the correct shutter speed when using a camera rather than a phone to improve the quality of your pictures. The faster the shutter speed, the less likely it is that the picture will be blurry.
You must also increase your aperture if you use a fast shutter speed. For your style of photography, experiment with shutter speed and aperture.
To reduce camera shake, newer camera phones and standalone cameras use image stabilization. It will be necessary to experiment with this since it involves compromises.
Lastly, the focus of a picture has a great deal to do with blurriness. Autofocus is great, but it isn’t perfect. Give the camera a second or two to get good focus, then take the shot, practice, practice, practice!