One of my very good friend called me today to complain that his car’s side mirror got hit by a motorcycle. His car was stationary at the traffic light and because the road was pretty narrow, the inexperience motorcycler knocked off his side mirror and the mirror cracked. My friend was fast enough to take out his mobile phone and took a snapshot of the motorcycle hoping to get the registration number of the motor. When he transferred the photo to his computer, he was pissed that the image is out of focus and blur because his hand shook while taking the snapshot.
I am not so much of an expert in imaging and photography but after spending a few hours researching on fixing blur or out of focus images, I found out that it is possible using some third party software or Adobe Photoshop plugins. I personally prefer standalone programs because I don’t need to install a huge and bulky image editing software just to run a plugin. So far I have managed to find 2 standalone software that can easily and automatically correct images blurred by camera shake or out-of-focus.
1. Deblur My Image
DeblurMyImage is a shareware that cost €14.99 which does not use common known algorithm to deblur your photos. It uses modified algorithm such as Lucy Richardson(LR), Iterative Constrained Tikhonov-Muller(ICTM), Asymetric Accelerated Iterative Deconvolution(AAID), Lucy Richardson Total Variation(LRTV). The good thing about modified algorithm is if you have tried other software or plugins which doesn’t work, at least you still have a chance of fixing blur photos. The only restriction on this software is you cannot save the processed images.
2. Focus Magic
Focus Magic is quite popular when it comes to fixing blur images. It uses advanced forensic strength deconvolution technology to literally “undo” blur and recover lost detail. It can repair both out-of-focus blur and motion blur (camera shake) in an image. Focus Magic is also a shareware that cost $45 for a single license and the trial restriction only allows you to process the image 10 times for free. Once you have run out of the free trial, you are asked to buy the license or else it won’t work.
Both Focus Magic and DeblurMyImage definitely works but not right out of the box. You will have to go through the online tutorial/demo and understand what settings you should be using in order to work. If you know any other standalone tools or even plugins, please do share it with us.