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Jan 10, 2022 08:36:51   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
I have seen some terribly blurry portraits turned into crystal clear ones. Much clearer than Topaz AI Sharpen or denoise can even come close to. Anyone know what the trick is??

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Jan 10, 2022 08:51:41   #
davidrb Loc: Hangar i13
 
sodapop wrote:
I have seen some terribly blurry portraits turned into crystal clear ones. Much clearer than Topaz AI Sharpen or denoise can even come close to. Anyone know what the trick is??


It's called a tripod.

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Jan 10, 2022 08:53:19   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
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Jan 10, 2022 09:05:02   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
Sorry I did not make myself clear. I restore old photos of people taken years ago. They are blurry when I get them and I have no control over how they were taken since the photographer in many cases is dead and gone. I am attaching a before and after that someone fixed, and I hope to find out how it was done. Neither Topaz Ai Sharpen or deniose come close nor does Photoshop. (Maybe I am doing something wrong?) Please help and thank you for your replies


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Jan 10, 2022 09:15:21   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
sodapop wrote:
Sorry I did not make myself clear. I restore old photos of people taken years ago. They are blurry when I get them and I have no control over how they were taken since the photographer in many cases is dead and gone. I am attaching a before and after that someone fixed, and I hope to find out how it was done. Neither Topaz Ai Sharpen or deniose come close nor does Photoshop. (Maybe I am doing something wrong?) Please help and thank you for your replies


WOW, I do not know but also would like to know.
Who did this for you and ask them.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:20:19   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
sodapop wrote:
Sorry I did not make myself clear. I restore old photos of people taken years ago. They are blurry when I get them and I have no control over how they were taken since the photographer in many cases is dead and gone. I am attaching a before and after that someone fixed, and I hope to find out how it was done. Neither Topaz Ai Sharpen or deniose come close nor does Photoshop. (Maybe I am doing something wrong?) Please help and thank you for your replies


With an example, it makes more sense. I've seen this type of 'sharpening' from my Epson Scanner, but never so pronounced and successfully done. Having only scanned 35mm negatives, if this was an Espon result, it seems the larger image source delivered better results, possibly with further digital editing work against the file after scanning to a digital format.

Look at the 'shaping' of the noise and chin, shaping would be my term, rather than sharpening. I've seen exactly these added lines / details coming out of my Epson v600 scans, many times in the same areas.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:22:18   #
bob7fred
 
Wow! Impressive! Be great to know how.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:25:19   #
charlienow Loc: Hershey, PA
 
Amazing

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Jan 10, 2022 09:27:56   #
Don, the 2nd son Loc: Crowded Florida
 
Architect1776 wrote:
WOW, I do not know but also would like to know.
Who did this for you and ask them.


Waiting with "a"bated breath!

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Jan 10, 2022 09:44:38   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
Thanks for all the replies. I have asked this person but it is someone I do not know and so they aren't Talken'. Not to divulge something like this to a stranger would not surprise me, I will keep you posted. I wondered it has something like blending edges or with a style found in Photoshop? Cartoon blend?. This is not the only one I have seen, have seen some from others as well. Stay tuned
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Jan 10, 2022 09:45:47   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
Don, the 2nd son wrote:
Waiting with "a"bated breath!


I am even waiting with bad breath, but that is another subject

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Jan 10, 2022 09:50:14   #
radiojohn
 
Your question was very clear, unlike some replies. There is a lot of AI sharpening or focus correcting out there that goes way beyond an unsharp mask. You might want to see if there are any news releases from the CES show in Las Vegas. Other times, you can tell a new version is coming out when the existing version is drastically reduced in price. Try googling AI focus correcting and them AI shrapening and see what pops up. Some of it may online only.

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Jan 10, 2022 10:13:09   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
sodapop wrote:
I have seen some terribly blurry portraits turned into crystal clear ones. Much clearer than Topaz AI Sharpen or denoise can even come close to. Anyone know what the trick is??


The "restored" image looks impossible to me. And for more many reasons and from experience using many physical and software tools.

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Jan 10, 2022 10:15:50   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Reshoot, or close your eyes and imagine clarity.


Tell me how I can reshoot a photo that was taken in 1920?

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Jan 10, 2022 10:17:58   #
sodapop Loc: Belcamp, MD
 
radiojohn wrote:
Your question was very clear, unlike some replies. There is a lot of AI sharpening or focus correcting out there that goes way beyond an unsharp mask. You might want to see if there are any news releases from the CES show in Las Vegas. Other times, you can tell a new version is coming out when the existing version is drastically reduced in price. Try googling AI focus correcting and them AI shrapening and see what pops up. Some of it may online only.


In my original question I clearly stated that Topaz and photshop could not achieve this. Please read original statements more carefully.

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