Photoshop Will End Blurry Pics Forever

A blurred image is the worst. And no matter how steady you think your hand is, it can be easy to ruin a shot. Luckily, Adobe's cooking up a Photoshop feature that'll automatically eliminate blur. You won't believe your eyes.

The motion blur-killer, demoed at the recent Adobe MAX 2011 conference, is experimental at this point. The Photoshop rep on stage won't say when it'll be implemented—only that they're working on it for some feature version. But it's absolutely incredible. With only a few clicks, a blurry image is quickly analyzed, allowed Photoshop to discern exactly how the image was messed up. That is to say, if you accidentally moved your hand slightly to the right and down while the shutter snapped, it'll pick that up. And then it reverses it—and that's the totally magical part.

It doesn't seem possible, but as if it's completely altering reality, the Photoshop deblurring compensates for the extraneous motion and gives you a completely crisp picture. It works on text too. Keep in mind that this won't fix your out of focus images—ones where you just have your lens set incorrectly—but works against motion blur. The potential for this is incredibly huge: no more ruined personal photos, and, hey, maybe we'll see the death of stupid blurry "leaked" gadget shots. [PetaPixel]


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The algorithm can guess and substitute something based on the state of a pixel's neighbors, but it can't extract information out of thin air. There will always be some information which cannot be recreated no matter how "smart" the deblurring algorithm is. It is not magic, any intro Signals and Systems course will tell you this.

One such example is tiny polka dots on a dark background...if the fuzziness of the image made the polka dots appear as noise, we are pretty certain they will get filtered out. There are many other situation where the noise will prohibit the proper sharpening of an image.