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Behind All the Buzz: Deblur Sneak Peek

Are you one of the nearly 1 million people who have watched the “Adobe MAX 2011 Photoshop Image Deblurring Sneak” on YouTube? We’re blown away by the response to the recent on-stage demo by Jue Wang, senior research scientist at Adobe. He’s a part of the Advanced Technology Labs (ATL) group, a brain trust of brilliant inventors who dream up new ways to make software intelligent, faster and uber futuristic.

Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight from The Office) was the emcee of the “sneaks” portion of the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles, CA – a place where developers, designers and digital artists meet to get inspired.

After watching blurry text, restored to clear, legible font Rainn made a suggestion to the executive team sitting in the front row.

Rainn: “You should do this in the next Photoshop…People will really…seriously, I’m just a chump. People will really like this. People will love it.”

Adobe Technology Previews

Not many software companies can say their feature set was inspired or rather, demanded by an actor from The Office! We even heard the folks from NPR discuss it yesterday – relating the capability to what we often see in movies and TV shows where experts race to look at a blurry photograph and magically make the image crystal clear. Everyone is talking about this sneak that unblurs blurry photos and wondering when they’ll see it in the next version of Photoshop.

Adobe previews technology because we want to give you a peek at what we’re exploring for the future. We’re not just focused on the features we can deliver to you today – but we’re looking far beyond that – even taking the cool stuff you see in the movies and trying to make it real, useful and practical in your everyday life.

How the Deblur Effort Began

Deblur isn’t anything new for the Photoshop team. Jeff Chien, Principal Scientist, has been working at Adobe for over 20 years and collaborated with Todor Georgiev, Sr. Research Scientist II, taking on the challenge of Unsharp Mask in Photoshop and trying to improve it with Smart Sharpen. He has been responsible for bringing marquis features like the Healing Brush, Match Color, Content Aware Scaling and Content Aware Fill to life and now works hand in hand with Jue Wang and others from the ATL group to bring futuristic innovation into the product. He has always been fascinated with the idea of taking a blurry image and exposing more detail, as it is a very common and important problem to solve.

Jeff commented, “We added Smart Sharpen in CS2, but deblur technology wasn’t mature enough yet for Photoshop and it’s been nagging me ever since. Given the nature of the heavy computation needed, the technology is really dependent on the evolution of the hardware, which provides a more powerful CPU and GPU for us to leverage.”

Challenges with Deblur

However, there is still quite a bit of development left to do before this feature is ready for prime time. Although some of these early demos will wow audiences, there is a lot more to blur than meets the eye. For instance, there are algorithms that estimate where blurs occur in an image and determine what type they are, and others that then reconstruct the image.

The before image below has a blur caused by camera shake. The after image shows the type of magic that can occur when the right algorithm is applied using Jue’s new prototype.

The tricky part is when an image has more than one kind of blur, which occurs in most images. Current deblur technology can’t solve for different blur types occurring in different parts of a single image, or on top of one another. For example, if you photograph a person running and also shake the camera when you press the shutter, the runner will be blurry because he is moving and the whole image might have some blur due to the camera shake. If an image has other issues like the noise you often get from camera phones, or if it was taken in low light, the algorithms might identify the wrong parts of an image as blurry, and thus add artifacts in the deblur process that actually make it look worse.

Strong edges in an image help the technology estimate the type of blur. The image below shows the same algorithm run on the image above without the benefit of strong edges. You see that it fails in this case.

Next Steps for Deblur Technology

This issue isn’t solved yet, which is why this project is still a prototype and not yet in a product. Special thanks to Jue, Jeff and a bunch of really smart people who are dedicating a lot of time to this problem so they can eventually ship deblur to customers: Professor Seungyong Lee and his students Jin Cho and Sunghyun Cho, Jue Wang, Jeff Chien, Sarah Kong, Simon Chen, Steve Schiller, Gregg Wilensky, Scott Cohen and Sylvain Paris.

Currently, the most practical use case for the deblur technology we have seen from this prototype is for image forensics – when an investigator needs to deblur an image enough to read some text like a phone number or license plate – but isn’t trying to perfect an image. For example, you can see how well the prototype deblurs the text in the image below.

Eventually, we will move beyond image forensics to solve more common issues – like a low resolution image from your camera phone – and make it as crisp as what you saw in the real-world moment.

When our research team and scientists chase after solutions to complex problems, they’re always placing their bets on what they think will really amaze, surprise and impact our customers. For the team, your enthusiasm around this topic is validation that their hard work is paying off. The first step is to finish solving the complex formulas and technology behind the feature. After that, we will build a simple user experience around it to seamlessly fit it into a real-world workflow.

Put simply – our work has just begun…

UPDATE: For those who are curious – some additional background on the images used during the recent MAX demo of our “deblur” technology. The first two images we showed – the crowd scene and the image of the poster, were examples of motion blur from camera shake. The image of Kevin Lynch was synthetically blurred from a sharp image taken from the web. What do we mean by synthetic blur? A synthetic blur was created by extracting the camera shake information from another real blurry image and applying it to the Kevin Lynch image to create a realistic simulation. This kind of blur is created with our research tool. Because the camera shake data is real, it is much more complicated than anything we can simulate using Photoshop’s blur capabilities. When this new image was loaded as a JPEG into the deblur plug-in, the software has no idea it was synthetically generated. This is common practice in research and we used the Kevin example because we wanted it to be entertaining and relevant to the audience – Kevin being the star of the Adobe MAX conference!

For more information and examples on the common practice of synthetic blurring being used as part of research in this area, check out:

http://grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/mdf_deblurring/synth_results/index.html

http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/projects/robust_deblur/

http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~levina/papers/deconvLevinEtalCVPR09.pdf

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Excellent work! Can’t wait to utilize this tool in an everyday environment.

Wow, the advances in photo editing are astounding. I can’t wait to try this tool!

    Astounding indeed. And even better, Adobe has just released more (brand new) before-and-after images from this tool – some historical photos included. You can also submit your own, very cool…

    http://prodesigntools.com/photoshop-image-deblur-adobe-releases-new-photos.html

      Where can i send my photo to test this amazing addon on it? :)

    Thanks very nice work you done by this blog.By this you told how we use advance technology .

Wow, great tchnology, waiting for its release..

zoom in! enhance! deblur!

This is just awwssommee! Though not for every condition, but I think this tool is going to rock!

Awesome!!! (≧Д≦)b for its release!!!

being a designer, I always wish that it could happen, that i can make blurry image look realistic but i knew it can’t happen.
but today by reading this article, I m truly amazed.
i will be waiting for this plug-in in version of Photoshop.
and hats off the developing team.

yes its help me

or you could just take a decent photo. Adobe stop trying to ride the world of good photographers please. It’s killing my living

    rid the world. stupid autocorrect

      Apple, stop creating a useful auto-correct; it’s ruining us English majors out there.

        ^^^ wins

        I found your weblog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback…

    Nonsense – I hope you provide more than just sharp photos, or you’ll be run out of the business by VR.

    Lighting, composition and general aesthetic pleasantness are things no filter or crop tool can fix; you need to provide ART, not just technical excellence.

    Really? What’s with all the photographers with the “Whoa is me” attitude? What about about the designers that are given crap photos to work with. I’m a photographer and designer and I think this tool is amazing because sometimes you don’t always get the shot, but if the technology is there to help you in post to make the best of what you’ve got, then more power to all of us.

    Adobe isn’t trying to rid anyone of anything. I’m sure you don’t use Photoshop AT ALL. Right? They’re just creating useful tools for different scenarios.

      “whoa is me”? I don’t get it. Am I missing something punny, or is this just a fail?

        Should be “oh woe is me”.

          I found the article really informative. I will be bookmarking the site and recommending to my friends. I hope you are planning to some more similar high quality articles.

This will be very helpful when I restore old photographs. Can’t wait until its available.

awesome work!! hope to get this in cs 6 ? ;)

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You appear to understand so much about this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you can do with some percent to drive the message home a little bit, however other than that, that is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back…

This would be really amazing if it was release as a separate application for phones, so that the debora can be done right from the phone, just sec after a photo is taken.

Love adobe and the work they do, keep up the amazing work!

    Ding Ding Ding! A winner. That is brilliant

I knew I shouldn’t have deleted all those blurry porn pictures I took.

I’m amazed. I look forward to using this tool for my fabric photo collages.

Wow Awesome, great photo shop…

I was there to see the demo first hand and really is amazing. I applaud Adobe’s willingness to see behind the curtain — and the follow up (this blog) on where it stands and some insights on the team that is making it happen. Content aware has been huge timesaver for me, and I expect when this is ready for prime time it will do the same. As to putting photogs out of biz ….I do not agree — all the elements of what differentiate a professional photog still apply. Where I see this being useful is particularly for my web design work, where I have to use client supplied images and so often they are not as sharp as you would like…this would be great for these type of projects.

Can we not get a ‘softer’ version of this in the form of a sharpening filter? I mean, if debluring isn’t ready for prime time, can the same technique be used for super effective sharpening?

If this shows up in CS6, I will definitely be the first one at the store in the morning.

pues para fotos accidentalmente mal tomadas servira, todo lo k sea posible utilizar es bueno los extremos producen malestar, a esperar su lanzamiento.

I think you have a product now. I know you are concerned that the results aren’t good enough. But, seeing what it can do right now far outweighs not having it! Let it up to the designer’s discretion as to whether or not to use it.

A carpenter doesn’t always need a wrench – it doesn’t make sense to use a wrench on a nail. But all carpenters have a wrench because it’s there when they need it!

PS – Make this feature into a server-side service. Take a picture with your phone. Upload it to the service, and it will send you a link to download the image. Charge 5 cents a pic or something!

Definitely needs to find its way to Lightroom. I’m imagining a set of simple controls (sliders?) to provide hints to the algorithm to find the right blur to correct.

I read it with great pleasure of this great achievment that Adobe family is bringing us. I use Photoshop from the early times like from Photoshop 3. Now we are at Photoshop CS5, amazing thing that what a software can do for an image. But the story does not end there, as a Pro Photographer, at this time we DO struggle to survive, lots of us are out of business, because the technology is delivering all the possible tools to the “amature” world and making them “pro”s, and the technology is within the hands of the kids, how would yuo exect a photographer can survive with all these facts. The more WE (pro photographers) run faster to have all the tools and the updates within our reach, meanwhile the public has the same tools already and they don’t need us anymore, they can do with any cheap camera the same pro work we used to do unfortunately. God helps us. we are already out of business.

    When has survival NOT been a struggle, especially for an artist? (Or craftsman, or whatever you consider yourself)

Great ♥

Sure hope you get this out soon, even in its imperfect state. (Adobe Labs maybe?) I can imagine it could take ages to get it working perfectly, and it looks like that Camera Shake functionality on its own would be very useful even in its current form.

I would love to see a (convincing) rebuttal of this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15543694@N06/5117266025

Until then, I’ll continue to file ‘deblurring’ under ‘snake oil’

    Please see “Detail Man’s” comment posted above within these comments. It refers to and cites Martin’s comment directly above (and was intended to be submitted as a reply to Martin’s comment directly above).

      @ Detail Man, I’m not seeing your other comment to which you refer. Where is it?

        The explanation was added just above at the bottom of the main article, under “UPDATE.”

        Seems a tempest in a teapot.

          Well, Martin pointed out Falsehood #1. Adobe themselves has now admitted to Falsehood #1, and admitted guilt to a Falsehood #2 (relating to the image that Adobe refers to in their statement today as “the crowd scene”). See:

          http://www.dpreview.com/news/1110/11101813adobeclarifies.asp

          I pointed out the strong implication of a Falsehood #3 (that there exists no discernible difference WHATSOVER between the alleged “before processing” and “after processing” version of the “sarah-dog.png”), and, therefore, Adobe’s public statements are (here, yet again) the communication of a knowing and willful falsehood.

          I also pointed out that (in my opinion) Adobe’s present implementation of deconvolution-deblurring processes exhibits significant and highly problematic processing artifacts relative to the deconvolution-deblurring processes implemented by DxO Optics Pro 6.x.

          The deliberate communication of falsehoods have a way of degrading and destroying a corporation’s credibility with the public, thus alienating prospective customers as a result.

          Smarmy grunts like yours make you look like a pompous and dismissive Adobe fanboy.

          Different people have different aesthetic preferences and tastes. I don’t really care what you or anybody else may personally come to prefer, purchase, or use in order to accomplish image-processing tasks.

          Many people are interested in deciding for themselves about such things – and have very little interest in what comes off as the mere biases of steeped-out teabags apparently already depleted by Adobe of their disposable-income …

          This is very informative post, its about adobe max, your work is very important for photographers. I like this post.
          Thanks.

Tempest in a teapot, indeed. In fact, I would really like a convincing motion blur tool since it now appears that the new algorithm can identify motion and correct for it and you can revers the process and apply a motion pattern to a sharp image. Photoshop’s motion blur is mechanical and unconvincing. I’d love to be able to save blur profiles to apply later or even freehand draw my own. Consider that a feature request.

amazing! you guys should be releasing next version of photoshop!

We’ve included an update to the end of the blog post today that explains the standard protocol that our team and other researchers implement to test deblur functionality.

@Detail Man – In terms of the Sarah dog image, there aren’t discernable differences in the image. That was the point – to show how an image without strong edges makes it harder for the technology to deblur. We wanted to expose where it fails. Our goal was to share some of the challenges that currently exist today and to help folks understand that although we’ve made some great strides, this will be something we continue to investigate and develop.

    Cari Gushiken:

    The Adobe blog-post authored by you states:

    “Strong edges in an image help the technology estimate the type of blur.”

    One does not have to be a “rocket-scientist” to see that that, in fact, the statement (describing “sarah-dog.png”):

    “The image below shows the same algorithm run on the image above without the benefit of strong edges.”

    … is patently false, as the “sarah-dog.png” image actually DOES indeed contain a number of strong edges within it (appearing in the details of the house in the background of the shot) – edges that appear to be every bit as well defined as many of the (now admitted to be artificially blurred) edges that exist in the the left-half portion of the “Plaza.png” image.

    The Adobe blog-post authored by you states (in relation to Adobe’s claim that the image shown in the right-half of “sarah-dog.png” results from the application of ANY IMAGE-PROCESSING WHATSOEVER to the image shown in the left-half of “sarah-dog.png”):

    “You see that it fails in this case.”

    What careful analysis reveals is that NOT ONE SINGLE PIXEL DIFFERS in any way between the (exact duplicate) images existing within the left and right halves of the “sarah-dog.png” image. The actual application of ANY algorithm (that did more than absolutely NOTHING whatsoever) would obviously show some (albeit perhaps small) finite difference(s) between the left and right halves of the “sarah-dog.png” image posted in the blog that you have authored.

    To claim that ANY image-processing was performed on the “sarah-dog” image WHATSOEVER is clearly an even more absurd assertion than were the two knowing and willfully deliberate falsehoods that Adobe has already now publicly admitted to:

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1110/11101813adobeclarifies.asp

    If your employer is seeking to “clarify” (that is, admit to deliberate falsehoods that were indisputably transmitted in their public statements), why not (also) admit to this patently false statement contained within the blog-post that you composed and publicized for Adobe in return for monetary compensation ?

    Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, defines the term “fraud” as:

    “An intentional perversion of truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him … ” …

    … “A false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed … ” …

    … “any kind of artifice employed by one person to deceive another.”

    The prosecution rests. Your witness, counselor …

    – Detail Man

    Adobe Corporation:

    “UPDATE: For those who are curious – some additional background on the images used during the recent MAX demo of our “deblur” technology. The first two images we showed – the crowd scene and the image of the poster, were examples of motion blur from camera shake.”

    The image that appears in the left-half of your now widely disseminated “plaza.png” (allegedly “motion-blurred” as a result of “camera shake” has a mean (average) value (in the vertical as well as the horizontal dimensional axes) that appears to be equal to the allegedly “clarified” image that appears in the right-half of your now widely disseminated “plaza.png”.

    Had the image that appears in the left-half of “plaza.png” actually been generated by a real-world camera in (angular or linear, in the vertical or horizontal axes) motion, such a result would (for all practical purposes) be essentially impossible (or so improbable as to be highly suspect, to say the least).

    Determining (and thus verifying) my assertion can be very easily done – using a copy of Adobe’s now widely disseminated “plaza.png” image, and the software applications Photoshop (or even more easily, it appears, using PaintShop Pro).

    The procedure is relatively simple, and need not be absolutely precise:

    (1) As the two halves of the “plaza.png” image are (curiously) not precisely aligned, it is necessary to crop a similar section from each half which includes image-detail. This is relatively easy to do. I did it manually three separate times, with success in each of those three separate efforts.

    (2) It is recommended that each of the two (blurred and un-blurred) crops then be converted from color to gray-scale (to facilitate the viewing process).

    (3) Then, using Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, or any other image-processing application capable of performing image-averaging [ ( A + B ) / ( 2 ) ], combine the crops derived from the left and the right halves of “plaza.png” (with equal weighting) while also scaling the combined images by a factor of one-half (in order to ensure that the result remains with the maximum gray-level value).

    You will surely be astounded and quite amazed to find that the (so averaged) result is extremely “sharp” and well-defined, and that a very high level of fine-details can readily be seen in the resulting averaged image (including even the smallest signage-lettering existing in the far-field of the image).

    Again: had the image that appears in the left-half of “plaza.png” actually been generated by a real-world camera in (angular or linear, in the vertical or horizontal axes) motion, such a result would (for all practical purposes) be essentially impossible (or so improbable as to be highly suspect, to say the least).

    For those readers who do not own a copy of PaintShop Pro (which performs such image-averaging in a one-click arithmetic operation in the “Arithmetic” tools), you will find instructions for relatively accomplishing such image-averaging of two images using layers in Photoshop. See the “Averaging Images in Photoshop Using Layers” section here:

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/image-averaging-noise.htm

    Thank you, Adobe, for making it so trivial for any interested party to very easily determine that the image appearing in the left-half of “plaza.png” could not possibly have been generated by an actual camera in motion – and I (and a few others, I imagine, at this point) look forward to reading Adobe’s forthcoming statement which comes forth with the actual and unvarnished truth surrounding what (rather rudimentary, and with a zero-mean) synthetic methods have (also, in the case of “plaza.png”) been used to mock this one up, as well.

    – Detail Man

      Detail Man is also waiting for “forthcoming statements” on the faked moon landing, chemtrails, and the inner workings of the trilateral commission.

      He tries to apply simple math and somehow make it sound really complex, while using all the wrong analysis. Sleight of hand doesn’t cover the fact that you’re using irrelevant statistics. How does averaging the 2 images determine anything about the mean of each image? How does it determine anything about the source of the blur? Who are you trying to mislead here? Why are you throwing so much irrelevant B.S. at a simple technology demo? Who are you working for? How long have you been a member of the Flat Earth Society?

        And the blurry parts of sarahdog.png are Sarah and the dog – not the house, you eeediot!

    The work you shown by this blog is very informative and interesting, I have never seen such kind of work on others sites. This site also provide me very important material.

But it raises questions on privacy matters. What about images on the net where faces, numbers have been intentionally blurred to safeguard identity? Now, anyone with the tool would be able to deblur those as well.

    Regarding privacy concerns over deblurring intentionally blurred faces etc., a properly executed blur with a large enough Gaussian filter or a coarse pixelation will destroy the high-frequency information you need to reconstruct the original image. So there’s no way to deblur it, *IF* the blurring was done correctly.

    The technique presented here is very specifically for dealing with motion blur. In that case, you typically have a fairly crisp opening and closing of the shutter at the beginning and end of the motion, and that will conserve a lot of the high-frequency information in the image. You’ll probably use some information in the high-frequency component along the track of the motion, but there should be enough left to deconvolute it, if you can model the motion accurately.

      That being said – I’ve seen plenty examples where the blur was *not* executed well enough to hide someone’s face. Next time you see someone on TV being interviewed “anonymously” with a blurred face, try squinting at them through almost-closed eyelids. You can often make out enough of the structure of their face that you would be able recognize them if it was someone you knew. Our brain is *really* good at recognizing faces, even if most of the high frequencies are missing.

      But that has nothing to do with whether or not *this* deblurring method should cause any privacy concerns…

You can demo deblurring a sharp image blurred synthetically all you want but then make it clear it’s not a real-world example. I feel like a fool.

The guy in the demo:
“Okay one more comparison. We found this image online. It’s random internet photo… it’s bad.”

I wonder if this tool can be utilized for blurry or bad images like jpegs of drawings or illustrations? I wonder how it will take account the DPI.

Demonstrating that one can deblur an artificially blurred image doesn’t show
that one can deblur a real image. For an artificially blurred image the kernel
is well defined. Its less clear whether this will always be true for real
images (multiple motions, noise, other artifacts …)

They are also wrong about the experimental protocol. The protocol is to
do some tests with synthetic images (and clearly specified as such) to
compute some numbers etc but then to also show some experiments with real
images.

    Well, in fact they said it won’t always work for real images, they made that clear in the article above.

    However, “The first two images we showed – the crowd scene and the image of the poster, were examples of motion blur from [real] camera shake.”

      The work you done by this post is very beneficial. Your topic is very good and easily understandable by others.

why not just take better pictures?

Detail Man – you’re bonkers.

    Frankie,

    I’d rather be “bonkers” in your “book” (whether it be one born of original thought, or mere regurgitation of techno-pablum) than be a mindless chump sitting in the audience of faithful pedestrians in that Adobe propaganda video “oohing and aahing” like a circus crowd while being spoon-fed some of the most specious techno-tripe that I have ever seen tendered for the purpose of engendering and maintaining an intravenous blood-line into the pocketbooks of all too willing fools.

    The unfortunate truth is that this whole pitiful affair – and the gullibility and mediocrity of intellect revealed by the rhetorical “audience” to this modern version of a traveling snake-oil show – exemplifies our culture of “paper tigers” who more than willingly buy the idea that, merely because they have been (or will in the future be) relieved of some of their disposable-income by some dubious techno-tribal cult offering a phony sense of emotional belonging and a (faux) “ownership” of creativity and competency, they (too) as a result possess the intellectual standing to rise up and jerk their knees in pompous outrage that their beloved “Emperor” has (by his own hands, and as if somehow possessing a secret wish to be uncovered and revealed) shown himself to be entirely without clothes …

    Yes, Doctor, your “diagnosis” of “bonkers” is oh so apropos … this modern “medicine show” (which need no longer travel by foot, delivering itself instead by cyber-courier directly to your bank account) is indistinguishable from the theocratic and jingoistic cults of human history which have, using the most lame and baseless premises, successfully endeavored to extract “real wealth” from many a populace under a phony rubric of an externally imbued competency.

    Take heart, Private, are a good soldier in the “army of the faithful” – and as a result of your stunning originality of thought we have recommended you for promotion to the distinguished title of Sergeant forthwith! The King is dead – long live the King!

      er….i didn’t read any of that. Please continue to waste your time by writing another 500 words.

        And (I hereby swear) I did not read your response, either, Frankie. Always remember the credo of enlightenment: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”! … ;)

          Thumbs up Detail Man thumbs up.

          Words of gold.

          Thank you

          G says:

          Thumbs up Detail Man thumbs up.
          Words of gold.
          Thank you
          .
          G: For your sincere adherence to the Party’s “HIPD” credo (Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, and Duty), you are hereby promoted to the esteemed rank of “Major Major” forthwith !

          And, “Detail Man”, no more sardonic quips about our “Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Prejudice, and Denial”, if you would, pleeease ! Please do remember that “Corporations Are People, too”, and “even Unicorns Shed Tears” … *~<|:-0

          G: The previously posted comment was (in fact) a humorous compliment to you … :)

          I am glad that (somebody lurking these hallowed halls of commerce) enjoys and appreciates my sincere thoughts and observations.

          Best Regards, DM

    Your topic is very interesting and your writing style is also very nice.
    I really like this site because of its informative blogs.

This shows promise, so keep working on it. Regarding artificially blurring an image: don’t do it. Instead, use a camera to generate a series of blurred images that can be placed in the public domain and used as a standard set of real world images for testing deblurring and refocusing applications.

Photoshop continues to do better in this area, but when I have a heavily blurred or defocused image, I usually use the deconvolution functions in Pixinsight.

For those complaining about your techniques, get a life. From an aging photographer with arthritis, you are working on career saving technology. Do not waste time with clowns with nothing better to do than call names like schoolchildren while they accomplish nothing. Abobe Photoshop itself speaks more than you will ever have to say about what you can accomplish. Thank you, thank you for following this line of research. God speed!

Umm, I think you mean “marquee”, not “marquis”.

Lol, fireballed.

I’d like to see the synthetic blur effect added to Photoshop; I can imagine a number of uses for it.

I saw this kind of algorithm in a GIMP plugin some (many) years ago. It was extremely slow (given pc’s of the time) and required a lot of cryptic values inputted (with not much documentation). Still if you had the patience you could get things right – especially for text. Unfortunately it was not mantained and failed into oblivion. I always wondered why as it showed promise and was curious with time if it couldn’t work better given the performance gains of current computers. I’m happy to see it picked up, it seems to be the improvement I was waiting for…

I feel like you are putting us photographers out of business!! Now everyone has a camera and everyone can do there own work. SAD

To many of you this is new, but really it’s not at all. There are many software products which do this already.
http://www.topazlabs.com/infocus/
The exact same text sharpening demo is there… and that’s just one product.

I can’t wait for new photoshop!! It’s amazing!

To the moaning ‘professional photographers’ who are ‘going out of business’, I think everyone should have access to the best possible tools so that they can create the best possible images. This tool could save a lot of otherwise priceless photos from being put in the trash because of motion blur.

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I saw it in a movie once. The Pentagon had the deblurr program and was using it on a poloroid to try and catch Kevin Costner, thought to be a spy. I’ve been saving my blurry photos ever since, waiting for this day.

Adobe should buy this company before one of the Big Boys (Sony, Canon, Nikon) does and locks up the patents for itself: Lytro

See this video for a look at their technology.

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