To make a blurry image sharp and clear, upload it to letsenhance.io, and click Start processing. That's the simplest answer. Keep reading and you’ll learn in detail how to sharpen and clear up your picture with Photoshop, iPhone apps and our online tool.

Key Takeaways

  • Best tools to unblur images are: Photoshop, specialized iPhone apps, and LetsEnhance.io.
  • Photoshop gives you a lot of options to play with when smoothing out photos but it takes time to master.
  • iPhone apps such as EnhanceFox are easy but don’t always get the job done.
  • AI photo editor Let’s Enhance is quick, easy to use, and can effectively deblur photos and digital art.
  • Claid.ai is great for pictures in big batches.
  • When the image is too blurry, it can't be fixed. In any case your best bet is new AI-based methods.

Unblur Images Without Photoshop Online

Blurry photos are an eyesore, and one of the fastest ways to fix them is with Let's Enhance. Its neural nets will sharpen your blurry pictures and make them crystal clear in an instant.

Original blurry image (left) vs the same picture processed with Let's Enhance (right)
Original blurry image (left) vs the same picture processed with Let's Enhance (right)

Here are the easy steps on how to make a clear picture online for free:

Step 1: Upload Image

Upload your picture to the Let's Enhance online app.

Step 2: Select the Upscaling mode (optional)

Upscaling is switched on and set to Smart Enhance by default. This mode works great for unblurring and clearing up pictures.

You can choose other Upscaling modes options on the right panel.

Here's how they differ.

Type Best used on Max. upscale
Smart Enhance Small, compressed images. 2x
Smart Resize Pics with blurry text 6x
Photo Any photos taken by phones or cameras. 16x
Digital Art Drawings, illustrations, cartoons, anime. 16x

Note: if your picture is too small and blurry Smart Enhance may smudge certain areas of the picture. If you notice that there is too much smudging, try a smaller upscaling size or setting the Upscale Type to Smart Resize or Photo.

Step 3: Tune up upscaling (optional)

Scroll down the right panel to the Size category. Click on Custom and select the upscaling size in the Factor category below.

Alternatively, you can keep Auto size option and let Let's Enhance choose the optimal setting for you.

Step 4: Click "Start processing" button

Click on the Start processing button on the bottom right and wait for Let's Enhance to process your image.

Processing usually takes a few seconds. The time depends on picture's size (large pics are processed a bit longer) and subscription type (it’s faster for premium members when servers are busy).

Step 5: Download your unblurred image

Once Let’s Enhance finishes processing, click the Download button.

Within a few minutes, you can easily unblur your photographs with studio-quality results, with the first 10 uses being absolutely free. This is far more budget-friendly than having to pay for expert editing software.

Pro-tip: Sometimes images become blurry or pixelated when you increase their size above native resolution in basic photo editors. In this case, it's better to take original small photo and upscale it with Let's Enhance instead.

Advantages

  • Easy-to-use
  • Advanced AI quality enhancer and sharpener
  • Quickly unblur several photos at once
  • Fast processing speed
  • No installation required
  • API to deblur thousands of pics automatically via Claid.ai
  • Free for the first 10 pics

Disadvantages

  • Requires internet connection
  • Does not allow to control deblurring settings separately
  • Paid after 10 images

Sign up on Let's Enhance and let our powerful AI take care of that pesky blur for you.

Types of Blur That Can and Can’t Be Fixed

There are different blur types, some of which can be fixed and some that can’t. Knowing the difference between them can help you understand when deblurring a photo is possible and when you’re just wasting your time trying to fix it.

Let’s Enhance fixes:

  • Blur by upscaling it. If your image is too small and enlarging it makes it look blurry, Let’s Enhance can upscale the photo up to 16x without any of the blur. So, you have a bigger pic, but with the corresponding resolution to its upscaled size, so it doesn’t look blurry.
  • Out-of-focus blur. This type of blur occurs at the very second that a photo is taken the hand shakes a bit and you have slightly blurry pics. Let’s Enhance fixes this type of blur and sharpens the image.

Types of blur Let’s Enhance doesn’t touch:

  • Background blur or bokeh.  Let's Enhance unblurs and clears up photos but doesn't touch a background blur used by photographers to get a unique visual aesthetic.
Bokeh portrait processed with Let's Enhance: our AI keeps intentional blur intact when enhancing photos

Since Let’s Enhance sharpens photograph foregrounds, it does not fix background blur to preserve the artist’s vision.

Blur Let’s Enhance can’t fix:

  • Severe out-of-focus or motion blur is incredibly difficult to fix. Photos with unintentional blur are typically unsalvageable depending on the severity of the blur itself.
Image with motion blur
Image with motion blur
  • Motion blur, for example, happens when an object moves past a lens faster than the camera’s shutter speed. In this case, the blur is very severe and almost impossible to fix. So it's best to reshoot the photo.

Make Photos Clear and Sharp on a Large Scale

Need to automate image enhancement?  Claid.ai is the most powerful tools at your disposal.

Claid.ai advantages:

  • The powerful API that makes pictures clear on the fly - automatically, in seconds.
  • Deblur images in big bulks: hundreds, maybe even thousands of images at once.
  • Reduce the time it would take to painstakingly edit fuzzy images by hand.
  • Options tailored for eCommerce, real estate, printing, and delivery industries.

‌‌Claid is fully automated but offers flexibility in setting up image sharpening and other operations. ‌‌

👉 Go to claid.ai and to check how it can enhance your company’s visuals.

How to Deblur Image In Photoshop

Photoshop has a slew of tools capable of enhancing various aspects of visual composition and getting rid of unwanted details. Here’s how you can use the software’s Smart Sharpen filter.

Note: Photoshop increases the contrast and make a picture less blurry but doesn't help with severe blur. For adding missing details, use AI-based tools such as Let's Enhance.

Step 1: Convert to Smart Object

Click on the little button at the top-right corner of the Layers window of Photoshop and choose Convert to Smart Object in the menu. Once a layer is converted to a Smart Object, you should see a little icon at the bottom right corner of the layer.

Without going into too many technical details, by converting the layer into a Smart Object, you can undo the changes made to that particular layer. This can be useful in case you make a mistake during editing.

Step 2: Apply the Smart Sharpen Filter to the Layer

In the Menu Bar above, select Filter, in the dropdown menu navigate to Sharpen, then select Smart Sharpen with the right layer selected.

Step 3: Resize the Dialog Box

When the Smart Sharpen dialog box opens up, if possible, expand the window so the entire image is visible. Since the preview in the window displays your pic with a 1:1 pixel ratio to your screen, it would be a good idea to see it in its entirety, as this will give you a better idea of what the image will look like after it’s been sharpened.

Step 4: Select Lens Blur In the Remove Bar

For the filter to detect the edges (neighboring pixels with colors of contrasting brightness), the Remove bar should be set to Lens Blur.

Step 5: Select Desires Amount, Radius, and Reduce Noise

These are the 3 following settings for the Smart Sharpen filter:

  1. Amount: This slider will increase the contrast on edge pixels, making light pixels brighter, and dark pixels darker. This will increase the contrast between the two neighboring pixels and make the photo sharper.
  2. Radius: The radius is the size of the image edges. By default, the radius of the edge is set to 1 (2 pixels, one for the lighter pixel and one for the darker one). If you increase the radius, the edges become thicker and more pronounced.
  3. Reduce Noise: This slider reduces the noise (bright pixels scattered across the picture) within the image. Look at the preview as you slide the Reduce Noise slider to see the changes.

Step 6: Confirm

Click OK to confirm the changes and apply the Smart Sharpen filter to the selected layer.

The entire process takes a few minutes, especially if you use this function several times and remember all the steps needed to apply the filter.

Advantages

  • Allows for custom sharpening parameters.
  • Immediate results (depending on hardware and complexity of image).
  • Instant preview to see the results.

Disadvantages

  • Doesn't add detail, unlike new AI methods.
  • Difficult to learn and use the unblur tool and its settings without prior experience.
  • When dealing with large batches of photos, de-blurring all of them individually can take a long time.
  • Photoshop is quite pricey.

iPhone Apps That Make Pictures Clear

Doing a quick search on the App Store you’ll find a ton of photo editing apps that come with a variety of useful tools and functions. Certain apps, however, focus entirely on deblurring.

EnhanceFox is one of the most popular iPhone image sharpener apps and can easily clear up blurry photos.

Advantages

  • Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Easy to use

Disadvantages

  • Cannot handle severe or specialized cases of blur
  • The results may not be as effective as you’d like

Questions and answers

Let's talk about nuances and in-depth questions that can help you get better results when fixing blurry pics.

How can I tell if an image is blurry?

Generally, it’s quite easy to spot blur, since, after looking at countless high-resolution photographs, our eyes have become accustomed to spotting blur.

But detecting a minor blur can be tricky.

The easiest way to spot blur is to

  • Zoom in to find fuzzy areas.
  • Look for pronounced lines and edges in the photo. If there is blur, the line wouldn’t be clear-cut, with pixels scattered all over the place.
  • Test on screens with different resolutions, as the quality of the display also has an effect on how pronounced the blur is. It may look crisp on one screen, but far more blurry on another.

Is blurred the same as pixelated?

Pixelation and blur are different in both how they occur and how they can be fixed.

Pixelated

Pixelation occurs when:

  • There is a low pixel count or resolution;
  • An old camera is used;
  • The image is compressed or expanded beyond its designated size.

Instead of seeing clear lines, one would see pixels instead. If you zoom into a low-resolution photo, these pixels will become more and more prevalent.

👉 Keep reading: How to Fix a Pixelated Image »

Blurry

Blur generally occurs as a result of:

  • Blowing up a low res image in size with outdated methods
  • Motion right when the photograph is taken (motion blur)
  • Missed focus setting
  • Low shutter speed
  • Foggy lens

Blur can occur in pictures of any resolution, even 4 or 8K.

What causes an image to blur?

  • Shaky Camera. Shaky hands, rumbling ground, shooting inside a car, and a slew of other physical movements that cause the camera to shake and lose focus.
  • Subject On Motion. Causes motion blur if the subject moves faster than the camera’s shutter speed.
  • Narrow Depth of Field. Regardless of distance, if your depth of field is too narrow, the background and surroundings of the subject in the photo will be blurry.
  • Failed Focus. If you do not center the focus on the subject in the frame, the camera will focus on the wrong part of the frame, leaving the subject blurry.
  • Haze, Mist, and Glare. Weather conditions, such as mist in humid weather or lens flare on a sunny day, can cause blur.

How to Unblur Text In an Image?

To deblur text in a photo you have two of the following options on Let’s Enhance:

  1. The Smart Resize function of Let’s Enhance specializes in editing photos with text, where letters need to be more legible.
  2. If the image is large enough, use Smart Enhance to sharpen the image. Smart Enhance is a specialized feature on Let’s Enhance that will automatically edit photos to fit online marketplace and eCommerce standards.

Smart Enhance also has a built-in deblurring feature that allows text to pop out and be legible, but only if the photo is big enough.‌‌

How can I make a blurry picture clear on Android?

The best Android apps to fix blurry images:

  • Google Photos is the easiest option. Tap Edit > Adjust > Sharpen to use this tool.
  • Lightroom is the most customizable.
  • Snapseed offers a good balance between ease of use and effectiveness.