New Photoshop Tool Will Deblur Your Blurry Images

Adobe just released a teaser video for their May 6th event where they will announce few new products and features. In this video they show one of their new tools for Photoshop - "Camera Shake Reduction". This tool will allow photographers to save photos that were always considered as garbage - photos taken in a rush, or in low-light situations. The tool analyzes the photo, and deblur it to make it sharp.

This could be a huge feature for photographers - especially for photojournalists. Excited? wait for May 6th for more updates!

UPDATE: We reached out to Adobe for additional comment (since this is so ridiculously sweet) but they were rather coy in response: "Adobe occasionally provides sneak peeks to provide insight into the direction our technology is going, however we are not releasing any details about today’s sneak. It is Adobe corporate policy to not discuss unannounced products or comment on rumor and speculation."

Darn! We tried folks. We'll just have to wait until Adobe Max to get you more info. When we do, you can be sure to catch a full rundown from us.

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37 Comments

brianhirschy's picture

Holy @#$@

Jaron Schneider's picture

WAT.

Jason Vinson's picture

obviously the goal is always get an image in focus! but hopefully this will be awesome to have for those shots that are good but just not sharp enough!

Zach Sutton's picture

Yep, this is incredible.

brianhirschy's picture

I'm curious as to the effects this will have on:

1. Crappy photographers
2. People who like to complain about crappy photographers

*beyond that, I wonder what the threshold is for retrieving an out of focus image.

Jaron Schneider's picture

Us too. Needless to say we'll be looking at this closely if they let us test it at Adobe Max.

Patrick Hall's picture

I know for me personally it will help save those event photos you take when your shutter was just a little too slow, or you are shooting say the first kiss handheld at 200mm at ISO 6400 and still managed to get some blur. Let's hope it works as well as this video indicates

brianhirschy's picture

Absolutely. Can't wait to see a real-world preview of this tool. Knowing myself, I'd take the most blurred image I could and just see what would happen.

I see how for a professional this good be a Jah send... but as a serious hobbyist I almost wonder if i would feel a tinge of guilt? "Get it right the first time or figure out what went wrong" opposed to "just fix it in post!"

Shawn Robertson's picture

nothing can replace original creativity and having the "eye" for composition and lighting... something "crappy" photographers cant photoshop, so in short i'm still not worried

brianhirschy's picture

Totally agree. Just another tool!

Brian Bray's picture

Crappy photographers can't make up for bad composition and lighting, but good Photoshop artists can. I believe the professionals who'll survive will be the ones who master all aspects of the craft of image making.
I'm glad you're not worrying. Many are.

Nick Gleitzman's picture

You do understand, don't you, the difference between 'out of focus' and motion blur from either camera or subject movement?

brianhirschy's picture

Yes, of course.

You do understand, don't you, that when you phrase things this way it makes you sound grumpy.

Nick Gleitzman's picture

Gee, I'm sorry. I was just wondering why you were wondering about the ability of a Camera Shake Reduction tool to sharpen out of focus images. Unless you were referring to the general ability of software to do that, rather than this specific tool, in which case your post wasn't very clear.

brianhirschy's picture

No worries.

Brian Bray's picture

...and condescending.

Mariusz Grabowski's picture
P C's picture

Unless it's integrated into lightroom I won't use it really; I don't touch photoshop.

Charley Bagcal's picture

Pretty impressive

Irja Elisa Tannlund's picture

I saw this in action at their last sales conference... phenomenal! The whole crowd gasped.

jmilez's picture

This was previewed about a year ago. Looks like they polished it a bit more.

Jayson Mullen's picture

voice command, "enhance". Now realistic. :)

we have seen this in 2011 haven't we... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyOSDcfME1U

James Johnson's picture

I also remembered this being teased before.

Nick Fancher's picture

♪ Technology... ♪

Jason Lee's picture

what will they think of next?.... oh oh... speed for lightroom!... no no... let's be realistic

brianhirschy's picture

Why in the world would you want to use Lightroom faster?

russevans222's picture

Could be useful for out of focus eyes! Happy i am a creative cloud member with all these new features in PS and LR!

Tobias Solem's picture

This is an old trick Adobe tried to pull for CS6. Fool me once...

Brian Bray's picture

Here come the inevitable death knells from "real photographers" who think mastering the few settings of a DSLR is infinitely more impressive than mastering a complex piece of software.
"Damn those motorcars! They're killing the horse and buggy industry!"

Adapt or die.

Jens Marklund's picture

Will probably leave sharpening artifacts and/or noise. Can't be all good - but looks promising for those important shots you might have missed (weddings etc.)

Mark Kauzlarich's picture

Yeah, photojournalists aren't going to all be on board with this. Not in the slightest. Kind of short-sighted to jump on this as a positive for PJs.

Seagram Pearce's picture

This is very much like what they "revealed" over a year ago. Although, there is something worth considering. The recovery of a blurred image will never be usable for anything other than web (if that). Its impossible to magically recreate texture. It will only be useful for text/super simple textured images. So in all honesty I they could add this today & it wouldn't be as useful as they're making it out to be.

Luke Lee The Photog's picture

I'm quite happy for this feature. Sometimes even with good shutter speed, I had some dodgy sharpness with my images with d800. It goes on and off and focusing was fine when checked. I'd love to try this feature if it will help.

Julian's picture

In total agreement with you Luke...kind of irritated by the whole issue with the D800. I'll be sending mine in next week to hopefully resolve the issue. FINGERS CROSSED

Cyan Zone's picture

I like this technology, but I am poor.