Unblurring a Photo aka Smart Sharpen

I’ve been looking forward to the Shake Reduction feature hitting Photoshop for a very long time! I was excited to try it out for myself and see if it was everything I was hoping for. When it was first announced, I was so excited and I think my expectations were pretty high…too high. After Shake Reduction was released in Photoshop CC, I started seeing videos of people using it and I often had to stare at the images to see a difference. You might be thinking that of the flower above. Many of the videos were flowers too. I can see a subtle difference, but not huge.

I then decided to run it on some people pictures and the difference there was more noticeable. I love the sharp eyes!

I put it to the test and ran it on some of my most difficult, blurry, people pictures and was not as pleased. I will admit, I was hoping it could fix some of my super blurry photos taken in low light and it couldn’t (it morphed them into crazy looking people that looked worse than the blurred picture, that’s why there aren’t any samples). But, I’m not disappointed. I’m hopeful that eventually, the technology will get there, and I think it will.

In the mean time, I’m really happy to have this super simple way to sharpen up my photos without the hallo and noise. As I get older, and my arthritis gets worse, I have a more and more difficult time getting super crisp images. I’m really glad to have something to make up that difference and still look great!

If you would like to see a video of Shake Reduction in use as well as a tutorial showing how to use it, see this FREE tutorial on it at Lynda.com