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How to Repair Blurry Photos

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    Summary: Whether it is DSLR, point and shoot, smartphone, or digital camera, blur in the photographs is a common issue. This post discusses why your photos turn blurry and how to repair them with Photo Repair Software.

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    Often it happens, that you click several photos, but some turn out to be blurry while the rest are just perfect.

    We usually think blur in the photos is due to shaking of the camera or movement of the subject at the time of capture. However, there are many other reasons that can make your photos blurry.

    Some common reasons for blurry photos:

    • Shaking of camera
    • Movement of subject
    • Improper holding of the camera
    • Wrong focusing of the camera
    • The camera is too close to the subject
    • Used wide camera aperture
    • Insufficient light
    • Slow shutter speed
    • Dirty camera lens
    How to Repair Blurry Photos

    Methods to fix or repair blurry photos

    1. Photo Editors to fix or repair blurry photos

    a) How to fix blur in Photoshop

    • Photoshop Method 1: Remove blur with a Shake Reduction filter
    • Photoshop Method 2: Remove blur with Unsharp Mask

    b) How to fix blurry images in PaintShop Pro

    2. Fix or repair blurry photos with Stellar Repair for Photo

    3. Fix blurry pictures online for free

    1. Photo Editors to fix or repair blurry photos

    Photo editing applications are advanced enough to remove blurriness in photos. They have deblur options, filters, or plugins that can accomplish the task.

    Although online tutorials guide you on how to remove blur from pictures, you have to be familiar with the platform to use it effectively.

    Some popular applications that remove blur from the photos are Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, PhotoLemur, and others.

    a) How to fix blurry photos in Photoshop

    Photoshop has various filters to remove blur in the images and make them sharper. You can use the Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen filters that offer better control when removing blur in photos.

    • Method 1: Use Shake Reduction
    • Method 2: Use Unsharp Mask filter

    Photoshop Method 1: Use Shake Reduction

    In the Shake Reduction method, Photoshop analyzes the blur on your image and induces the corrections on the entire image.

    Steps to fix blurry photos:

    • Create a duplicate of your blurry photo
    • Open the copy of photo in Photoshop
    • From the dropdown menu, select and follow Filter > Sharpen>Shake Reduction
    • Preview the corrected photo in the Shake Reduction dialog box.
    Shake reduction- Photoshop

    If your photo has blur at multiple regions and each varies, use blur traces feature. The blur traces are listed in the Advanced panel of Shake Reduction dialog box.

    Shake Reduction dialog box

    Photoshop Method 2: Use Unsharp Mask filter

    • Open your image in Photoshop
    • Select and follow Filters > Sharpen > Unsharp Mas
    • A pop-up window appears. Adjust the levels of Radius, Amount, and Threshold to sharpen the blurry photo. Since there is no specific setting for these, experiment to get the desired results.
    Use Unsharp Mask filter

    Watch this video to learn how to Repair a damaged Photo in Photoshop

    b) How to fix blurry pictures in PaintShop Pro

    • Install PaintShop Pro
    • Select Unsharp Mask from the menu bar
    • Choose Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask. 
    Unsharp Mask- Coral Paintshop
    • The Unsharp Mask dialog box appears. Adjust the Radius setting value from 0.01 to 100.  Photos with subjects in close-up require higher Radius settings whereas photos with several details require lower settings.
    Radius- Coral Paintshop
    • Set Strength. Set a value from 1 to 500
    • Adjust Clipping. Set a value from 0 to 10
    • Click OK

    2. Repair Blurry Photos with Stellar Repair for Photo

    Removing blurriness from photos with the help of a photo editing application like Photoshop requires adequate knowledge of the platform.

    Fix blurry photos with Stellar Repair for Photo

    An easier and quicker alternative is Stellar Repair for Photo software – a photo repair tool that automatically fixes blurry, pixelated, and grainy photos.

    Simply download and launch the trial version of Stellar Repair for Photo on your PC or Mac and follow the three simple steps – Add file, Repair, and Preview and save.

    Add Photos

    You can load multiple blurry photos in the software and remove blur from all of them in one go. See the preview of the repaired image before saving it at your desired location. The software works on both RAW and JPEG images.

    Preview Images
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    3. Repair blurry Photos online for free

    Free online tools are also available, which help reduce the blur in pictures. However, you may not find them as effective as Photoshop or photo repair software. But, yes they can considerably lessen the blurriness in the images.

    Your decision to clear blur with the help of an online tool should depend upon the degree of blur in your photos.

    Some popular online tools to sharpen and minimize blur are JPEG Sharpner, GIMP, Pixlr, LunaPic, Fotor, and others.

    Tips to avoid blurry photos:

    • Keep your hand steady and have a firm grip on the camera
    • Use tripod
    • Can keep the camera on a stable surface
    • Clean the lens before shooting
    • Avoid wide aperture
    • Keep the shutter speed fast
    • Avoid shallow depth of field
    • Shoot insufficient light

    To Sum Up

    Photo Editors are far ahead in effectiveness as compared to photo blur-removing online tools. Software like Stellar Repair for Photo is not an editing platform but is designed to fix photo issues such as blurriness, grains, pixelation, etc. Unlike photo editing applications like Photoshop or Lightroom, the repair software doesn’t require any foundational knowledge. Even a novice can repair blurry photos by using Stellar Repair for Photo software.

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    Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


    1. I had couple of pictures and practice editing procedure on lightroom. Most of the photos are spoiled at the moment I took pictures. Thanks for providing the useful ways to fix blurry pictures!

    2. Hey, My All Pictures in Gallery was gone completely then I restored it and I have got all photo not clear seeing blurriness all the pictures. Is that possible to repair?

    3. Hi, Lately, I open couple of photos on my pc that I capture in my friend wedding ceremony. When I open to view are blurry and cleared all Brower data from my PC. This is very annoying to me. Thanks for provide the useful steps and software to fix blur photos. Thanks!

    4. I had a Panasonic Lumix camera I take couple of shots at night in the wedding. Earlier morning I check these pictures some pictures are fine but some picture are showing blurry. What should I do to fix these issues?

      1. Hi Luis, I would suggest you can try our software demo version and see the preview of repair pictures. If our software showing the preview of repaired files I can say, definitely our software repaired the pictures. Thanks!

    5. Hi Sumona, I work with adobe Photoshop cc and work on layers when I save the images its look quite fine. Now I open these images got some blurry pictures and when I tried to reduce blur it didn’t improve much the pictures. How can I improve my pictures? Any help would be appreciated!

      1. Hi Mike, We would like to inform you that our software works on “what you see is what you can repair”. That means the files will be repaired in the same manner as you were able to see them in the preview window after the scanning is complete. Thanks!

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