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The Top 6 Softwares To Fix Blurry Photos Compared

What’s the best tool to fix blurry photos? In this video, we compare the top 6 software and platforms to sharpen extremely blurry portraits and photos. From old noisy images to recovering out-of-focus areas, we will test it all. We‘ll also discuss which one is the best and learn a Photoshop trick to colorize black-and-white images. I hope this video helps. Thanks so much for watching 🙂

00:00 Intro
00:39 Topaz Photo AI
02:43 Remini
04:35 Fotor
05:44 Luminar Neo
07:19 On1 NoNoise AI
08:00 Canva
09:09 The Main Comparison
09:53 Image 1 – Noisy Old Photo
11:42 Image 2 – Slight Portrait Blur
14:43 Image 3 – Missed Focus Portrait
16:03 Colorizing the Photo
16:19 Which is the Best?

1. Topaz Photo AI: https://pix.live/photoai (Free trial available)
2. Remini: https://pix.live/remini (Free version leaves watermark and is limited)
3. Fotor: https://pix.live/fotor (Free version leaves watermark)
4. Luminar Neo: https://pix.live/luminartrial (Free trial available)
5. On1 NoNoise AI: https://pix.live/on1nonoise (Free trial available)
6. Canva: https://pix.live/canva (Can use for free)

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How To Use Photoshop’s Select and Mask To Cut Out Smooth Edges

“How to use Select and Mask in Photoshop to cut out smooth edges. Colin Smith explains how Photoshop Select and Mask works part 2 of 2.” View part 1 of 2 here.

00:00 Intro
00:12 Making the selection around the car
01:02 Manually fixing details (The tools)
02:10 Additional Tools – Object selection and Lasso
03:02 Global Refinement Tools
03:33 Smooth Tool
03:45 Feather and Contrast. How they work in Photoshop
04:50 Shift Edge
06:17 Making further refinements with Masks

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3 Photographic Noise Reducers Compared

Zero noise reduction

Adobe’s Camera Raw / Lightroom Manual Noise reduction

Imagenomic’s Noiseware

Adobe’s Camera Raw / Lightroom AI Noise Reduction

 

There’s noise in every file. This is why noise reduction is applied to every image you open in Camera Raw / Lightroom, unless you turn this default setting off.  What tool you use to remove noise depends on how much noise there is. Moving from a little to a lot, here are the three options and why you would choose one over the other.

1 – A little

If you’ve got only a little noise Adobe’s Manual Noise Reduction is up to the task.

Read more on Lightroom Manual Noise Reduction here.

2 – Some

If you’ve got significant noise in non Raw file formats (like JPEGs) or in layers in a Photoshop file, use Imagenomic’s Noiseware.

Read more on reducing noise with Noiseware here.

 

3 – A lot

If you’ve got substantial noise in a Raw file, use Adobe’s AI Noise Reduction.

Read more on Adobe’s AI Noise Reduction here.

In a nutshell, for Raw files choose Manual Noise Reduction (a little noise) or AI Noise Reduction (more than a little noise). For other file types use Imagenomic’s Noiseware.

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How To Use Adobe’s AI Noise Reduction

 

It’s a game-changer – and it will modify your workflow.

When processing image files, noise reduction used to be one of the last things I did; now, it’s the first thing I do, if I plan to use Adobe’s AI Noise Reduction.

When don’t I use it? When I’m processing files with only a little noise and Adobe’s Manual Noise Reduction has no problem getting the task done.

Whenever I encounter substantial image noise, Adobe’s AI Noise Reduction is the best solution currently available, bar none.

It’s really easy to use; that’s an understatement.

1

Click Denoise and in the new Enhance window set Amount.

Start at 100 and lower the value until edges look crisp and realistic texture is restored.

Applying Denoise will automatically apply Raw Details.

2

If, and only if, you want to upres an image (4X larger) check Super Resolution. 

In many cases it’s unnecessary, but when it’s needed it’s exceptional.

3

Click Enhance.

The results will be saved in a new DNG file.

When you continue processing the new DNG file, Manual Noise Reduction sliders will be set to zero, but still available, though no longer needed in the vast majority of cases.

You’d think something this sophisticated would be more complicated. It’s not. Welcome to the new world of AI.

Read Eric Chan’s detailed explanation here.

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How To Select And Mask Hair And Fur With Photoshop 2024

“How to cut out hair and fur in Photoshop, with perfect edges. Colin Smith completely explains Select and Mask in this Photoshop Masterclass. Part 1 of 2.”

00:00 INTRO
00:34 Cutout, bringing into Select and Mask
01:34 Viewing Modes
02:58 Awareness Modes
03:33 How Select and Mask Works
05:29 Best Way to refine hair selections
07:31 Fixing Jaggies and Smudgies
09:22 Saving selections
10:14 Fixing Smooth Edges
11:13 Combining different refinements
13:17 Fixing Fur

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How To Automate Your Photo Editing With Presets In Lightroom

“Discover how to save time editing photos with one-click transformations in this tutorial with Adobe’s Principal Evangelist Julieanne Kost (@jkost), who shares her top tips for creating, using, and downloading presets in Adobe Lightroom.

Watch along to learn how to save your photo editing adjustments and apply them with just one click.”

00:00 – Creating, using, and downloading presets in Adobe Lightroom
00:20 – What are presets?
00:48 – How to use presets in Lightroom?
01:33 – Adaptive presets
02:35 – How to create your own presets.
03:04 – Using presets on your phone or tablet.
03:54 – Download free Lightroom presets.

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The 9 Poets Collective Celebrates The Launch Of The Maine Standard

The Nine Poets Collective has been meeting since June of 2020 when they each signed up for a chapbook intensive offered by Maine Media and led by presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco. The group continues to write and support each other with monthly gatherings on Zoom, and an annual poetry picnic.

With the launch of the new literary journal from DownEast books, The Maine Standard, the Nine Poets are featured with selections of poems that speak to each of their “obsessions” and an introduction by Richard Blanco. In this event with The Poets Corner, we celebrate the launch of the Maine Standard with readings from all nine poets.

This special event highlights both the power of poetry and the value of online communities.

Find future and past events on The Poet’s Corner.

On Beauty – An Inspiring Evening With Photographer Richard Misrach

 

Read our View Camera Conversation here.

Read Quotes by Richard Misrach here.

View 12 Great Photographs by Richard Misrach.

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On Beauty – An Inspiring Evening With Photographer Richard Misrach

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – 6:00-7:00 pm (Mountain Time)

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Creativity Continues at Santa Fe Workshops with On Beauty, a conversation between Richard Misrach and John Paul Caponigro.

Our hour of inspiration will begin with a short presentation of images by Richard Misrach.

Next, Richard and John Paul will discuss the role of beauty in art (and specifically photography) as a source of nourishment for individuals and as a force for social change.

 

“Beauty can be a very powerful conveyor of difficult ideas.” – Richard Misrach

“It’s hard for art to really solve problems but I’ve come to believe that art is an important way of communicating, not only with current generations, but future generations.” – Richard Misrach

 

Finally, we’ll finish with a lively question-and-answer session open to all participants.

Join Santa Fe Workshops worldwide community of photographers and writers as Creativity Continues.

Richard Misrach is one of the most influential photographers of his generation. In the 1970s, he helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are in widespread practice today. Best known for his ongoing series, Desert Cantos, a multi-faceted approach to the study of place and man’s complex relationship to it, he has worked in the landscape for over 40 years.

His most recent book Notations (Radius) explores the beauty of photographic negatives.

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Read our View Camera Conversation here.

Read Quotes by Richard Misrach here.

View 12 Great Photographs by Richard Misrach.

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Adjust Depth Of Field With Lens Blur In Adobe Camera Raw & Lightroom (Early Access)

“With the help of artificial intelligence, Adobe Camera Raw & Lightroom Classic can automatically generate a synthetic depth map based on the content of an image, enabling photographers to change the focus plane and quickly create a “narrow” or “shallow” depth of field in an image. The video below demonstrates how to use Lens Blur, apply a Bokeh effect, visualize and customize the Depth Map, and use the Refinement brush.”

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How To Use Photoshop’s New Gradients – Plus Make A Rainbow On Your Way

“Colin Smith shows you tips in the new Photoshop gradients to give you precise control and have fun making a rainbow.” Learn more about all of the gradient controls along the way.

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