How to Make Blurry Picture Clear using Photoshop

Final Output

Have you ever encountered problems with blurry and hazy images? Do you also have problems of not having any high resolution version of those photographs or images? Well, here I’m going to show you some simple Photoshop tutorials about how you can make your blurry and hazy images look clear and sharp.

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional graphic designer, a layman or a self taught Photoshop guy. Everyone faces the problem of blurry images because of the low-resolution of those particular photographs or images. The main fact is that when we try to enlarge a low-resolution image; it gets pixelated and hence, looks blurry and hazy, which is not pleasant to look at and such images don’t look good within a design either.

For example, say we’ve an image of 72 dpi, 400px in width and 290px in height. We need to enlarge its size up to 600px in width and 435px in height within 72 dpi.

The image in its actual size (400x290px)

The image in its actual size (400x290px)

The image, when it re-sized (600x435px)

The image, when it re-sized (600x435px)

So here is the first method to turn your enlarged blurry image into a sharp and clear one.

Method A – Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop and resize it by pressing Ctrl+Alt+I

Image Resize Window

Image Resize Window

After resizing the image, it will look blurry and hazy. Don’t worry, we will fix it.

Method A – Step 2

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask

Unsharp Mask Window

Unsharp Mask Window

Now manipulate the values of Amount and Radius as per your need to get your desired result.

Final output of Method A

Final Resut Method A

Final Resut Method A

So we’ve finished our first method of making our blurry image sharp and clear. Here is our second method and it is a bit advanced if compared to the first method.

Method B – Step 1

As we have already enlarged our image file, I am not going to repeat the image enlarging process in Method B. Let’s go to our next step.

Method B – Step 2

Duplicate the layer of your image from Layer Panel. To duplicate your layer, go to Layer Panel > Right click on the layer > Duplicate Layer or just press Ctrl+J

Method B – Step 3

Select the duplicated layer

Select the duplicated layer

Layer Pallet

And go to Filter > Other > High Pass

High Pass window

High Pass window

Now manipulate the value of Radius (I will suggest you to keep it in-between 0.8 to 1.5 pixels)

After applying High Pass, your will duplicated image will look something like this:

High Pass applied duplicated image layer

High Pass layer

Method B – Step 4

Now again go to Layer Panel > Layer Blend Mode > and apply the duplicated layer’s blend mode to anything among Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light or Linear Light according to the result you need.

Layer Blending modes

Layer Blending modes

The final output of Method B

Final Resut Method B

Final Resut Method B

So this is it! I hope this tutorial will be helpful to you! Do write back to let us know if you have any doubts or suggestions.

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Nilotpal Singha

A professional graphic web designer, blogger, writer.

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