How To Fix Out Of Focus Pictures In Photoshop

Out of focus pictures can be frustrating, especially if they are important memories or professional shots. Luckily, with Adobe Photoshop, you can fix them easily. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Image in Photoshop

First, open the blurry picture in Adobe Photoshop. You can do this by clicking on “File” and then “Open.” Find the image on your computer and click “Open.”

Step 2: Duplicate the Layer

Next, duplicate the layer by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers panel and selecting “Duplicate Layer.” This will create a copy of the original layer.

Step 3: Apply the “Smart Sharpen” Filter

Now it’s time to apply the “Smart Sharpen” filter. Go to “Filter” and then “Sharpen” and select “Smart Sharpen.” Adjust the settings until you achieve the desired level of sharpness. Be careful not to over-sharpen, as this can create unwanted noise in the picture.

Step 4: Mask the Layer

If the sharpening effect is too strong in certain areas of the picture, you can use a layer mask to selectively apply the filter. To do this, select the layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and paint over the areas you want to keep soft with a black brush.

Step 5: Adjust the Levels

After applying the “Smart Sharpen” filter, you may notice that the picture’s brightness and contrast have changed. To fix this, go to “Image” and then “Adjustments” and select “Levels.” Adjust the sliders until you achieve the desired brightness and contrast.

Step 6: Save the Image

Once you are satisfied with the results, save the image by clicking on “File” and then “Save As.” Choose a file format and location for the new image and click “Save.”

Step 7: Compare the Before and After

Finally, compare the before and after versions of the image to see the difference. You can do this by toggling the visibility of the duplicate layer on and off in the Layers panel.


  • Can I fix photos that are completely out of focus?

    While it’s possible to improve the sharpness of blurry photos, there is a limit to what can be done. If the picture is completely out of focus, it may not be salvageable.

  • Do I need to be an expert in Photoshop to fix blurry photos?

    No, you don’t need to be an expert. The steps outlined above are relatively simple and can be done by anyone with a basic understanding of Photoshop.

  • What other filters can I use to fix blurry photos?

    Other filters that can help fix blurry photos include “Gaussian Blur” and “Motion Blur.” However, these filters may not work as well as “Smart Sharpen” in all cases.

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