How to Make Pictures Not Blurry on Photoshop

By Heather Laurent

Sometimes, unintentional blurring occurs in the photographs you take. Perhaps the shot was taken in low-light conditions. Perhaps your subject was moving too quickly or you forgot to bring your tripod. Whatever the reason, unintentional blurring can damage an otherwise quality photograph. Fortunately, blurring can be greatly reduced with Photoshop and five to 10 minutes of your time. Photoshop offers several tools to increase the sharpness of your photo, depending on how the blur was created.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop

Step 1

Import your image to Photoshop. Select File > Open and choose the photo you would like to work on.

Step 2

Sharpen your entire image automatically using the "Sharpen" tool. Select Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. Photoshop will automatically reduce the blur of your photograph. No custom controls are in this sharpening filter.

Step 3

Sharpen the edges of your image automatically using the "Sharpen Edges" tool. Select Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen Edges. Photoshop will automatically reduce the blur near the edges of the objects in your image. No custom controls are in this sharpening filter.

Step 4

Sharpen your entire image manually using the "Smart Sharpen" tool. Select Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Adjust the slider under "Amount" to set the desired contrast between neighboring pixels, which distinguishes objects in the image from their surroundings. Adjust the slider under "Radius" to set the sharpening brush size. A greater radius will produce more emphasized sharpening effects. Choose the type of blur to remove under "Remove," which includes Gaussian Blur, Lens Blur and Motion Blur.

Step 5

Sharpen select areas in your photograph. Select the "Sharpen Tool" from the tool palette. Choose a brush and adjust the brush size under Brush in the top palette. Adjust the strength from 1 to 100 percent, depending on the amount of desired blur reduction. Use the brush on the areas of your photograph that you would like to sharpen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always save a copy of your image before applying any filters. If you sharpen too much, you can try again using the original file.
  • Sharpening too much can cause undesired haloing around the objects in your image.