If you thought you couldn't use or rescue blurry, pixelated photos, think again. This tutorial will not only show you how to rescue and sharpen blurry photos, but also how to increase their size to prepare them for printing.
There's nothing worse than scrolling through your photos after a shoot and seeing one that has beautiful light and awesome composition, only to zoom in and see that it's slightly out of focus. More often than not you'll wince and cuss under your breath and regrettably consign it to the scrapheap, thinking that only tack-sharp photos in camera were worth using. But what if there was a way you could rescue those slightly soft photos and turn them into sharp, stunning keepers ready for print? There is.
Known as Artificial Intelligence Assisted Upscaling, this hidden Photoshop feature (only available in CC and above) both increases sharpness and clarity and makes images less pixelated. And it's much more effective than using Sharpen Edges, for example. This short, simple walkthrough video by Blue Lightning TV Photoshop shows you how to do it. It also introduces you to the High Pass Filter, which is brilliant for subtly enhancing details in your photos.
I tried this technique out with some macro photos I cropped right down. In the past, I thought cropping in so close would render the photo essentially unusable except for perhaps an upload to Instagram. But I have since been able to use and print some photos because of this technique.
When you can rescue photos and turn relatively soft shots into tack sharp keepers, your possibilities become endless. Do you have any other techniques similar to this? Or other practical applications where this might be useful? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.