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Author: Steve Jenkins
23rd May 2009

Photoshop tip: Restore blurred imagery

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT hi-res stock can be costly

Photoshop tip: Restore blurred imagery
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT hi-res stock can be costly. However, you may find a great free image, only to see it’s suffering from blur due to a lower resolution. So here’s a handy tip that’ll improve your images. Begin by duplicating your image. Select Filter> Other>High Pass and apply a two-pixel Radius. Set this duplicated layer’s Blend Mode to Vivid Light. Now duplicate the second layer and change the Blend Mode to Color, decreasing the Opacity to around 30%. Create a New Layer and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E, merging all. Select Filter>Other>High Pass, once more applying a two-pixel Radius. Set this layer to an Overlay Blend Mode. Create a new layer and again merge all. Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and apply a five-pixel Radius. Press Ctrl+I to invert the layer, and apply a 50% Opacity Soft Light Blend Mode. Once again create a new layer, merging all. Title this
layer ‘Unsharp Mask’. Select Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and apply a 45% Amount, 70 pixel Radius and ten-level Threshold. Duplicate this layer, renaming it ‘Surface Blur’. Select Filter>Blur>Surface Blur and apply
a ten-pixel Radius and ten-level Threshold. Reduce the layer Opacity to 60% and Fill to 80%.

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    • http://hi.baidu.com/chanson513 Chanson Jon

      it’s useful
      thanks!!!

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      theme design for Blackberry
      http://hi.baidu.com/chanson513

    • http://www.webdesign-guru.co.uk/icon/ Nikolai

      Handy tips. Thanks.

      Please use paragraphs or bullet points though :)

      See: What makes a successful blog? for example.

    • http://twincircuits.com Ben

      @Nikolai Here you are:

      EVERYONE KNOWS THAT hi-res stock can be costly. However, you may find a great free image, only to see it’s suffering from blur due to a lower resolution. So here’s a handy tip that’ll improve your images.

      Begin by duplicating your image.

      Select Filter> Other>High Pass and apply a two-pixel Radius. Set this duplicated layer’s Blend Mode to Vivid Light.

      Now duplicate the second layer and change the Blend Mode to Color, decreasing the Opacity to around 30%.

      Create a New Layer and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E, merging all.

      Select Filter>Other>High Pass, once more applying a two-pixel Radius. Set this layer to an Overlay Blend Mode. Create a new layer and again merge all.

      Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and apply a five-pixel Radius. Press Ctrl+I to invert the layer, and apply a 50% Opacity Soft Light Blend Mode. Once again create a new layer, merging all. Title this
      layer ‘Unsharp Mask’.

      Select Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and apply a 45% Amount, 70 pixel Radius and ten-level Threshold. Duplicate this layer, renaming it ‘Surface Blur’. Select Filter>Blur>Surface Blur and apply
      a ten-pixel Radius and ten-level Threshold.

      Reduce the layer Opacity to 60% and Fill to 80%.

    • Morpheus

      hi guys,
      im new here..i want to know is it possible to restore the image which was blurred using Photoshop and by accident saved in the original pic and now i dnt have any copy also. Could some one please help me to restore that pic into old stage. Kindly send me ur suggestions to a.morph91@gmail.com please.
      Thanks.

      Morpheus

    • Zaida

      Thank you this is really helpful. This tutorial is sooooooo COOL!! (^ ^ )\m/