How to Repair Blurry Photos

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 blurry photos and make them clear.

Why your photos are blurry?

Often it happens, you click several photos, but some turn out to be blurry while 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 of blurry photos:

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

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 lens before shooting
  • Avoid wide aperture
  • Keep the shutter speed fast
  • Avoid shallow depth of field
  • Shoot insufficient light
fix or repair blurry photos

Methods to fix or repair blurry photos

1.Photo Editors to fix or repair blurry photos

  • How to fix blur in Photoshop
  • 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.

How to Reduce photo blur 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: Remove blur with Shake Reduction filter

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

Steps to fix blurry photo:

  • 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.
Remove blur with Shake Reduction filter

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.

Advanced panel of Shake Reduction dialog box
Multiple blur traces listed in the Advanced panel

Photoshop Method 2: Remove blur with Unsharp Mask

  • 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.
Remove blur with Unsharp Mask

How to fix blurry pictures in PaintShop Pro

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

2. Fix blurry photos with Stellar Repair for Photo

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

An easier and quick 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 & Save.

Stellar Repair for Photos

You can load multiple blurry photos in the software and remove blur from all of them at 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.

JPEG REpair JPEG Repair Mac Sierra

3.Fix blurry pictures 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 a photo repair software. But, yes they can considerably lessen the blurriness in the images.

Your decision to clear blur with the help of 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.

To Sum Up

Photo Editors are far ahead in effectiveness as compared to photo blur removing online tools. Software like Stellar Repair for Photo are not editing platforms but are designed to fix photo issues such as blurriness, grains or pixilation 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.