Blurity Magically Deblurs Photos Affected by Slow Shutters and Shaky Hands

In October of 2011, the tech world went into a frenzy after Adobe showed off some crazy image deblurring research it’s working on. By calculating the camera movements that caused the blur in the first place, the algorithm is able to “reverse” the motion blur and sharpen the photo. If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the feature to show up in a new version of Photoshop, you might want to check out Blurity, a similar blur removal tool that’s already available. The software has been available to Windows users for a while now, but just recently launched for Mac OS X as well.

Just like Adobe researchers are trying to do, Blurity calculates a “blur model” when you run the program on a blurry photograph, which is then used to deblur the image. Here’s a video showing Blurity in action:

The Blurity website features some examples of the program’s effectiveness, along with images showing what competitor’s programs (e.g. Photoshop) do to the same images.

One example is this photo of a TI-89 graphing calculator. There’s a moderate amount of motion blur that makes a lot of the text on the device unreadable:

Running the image through Photoshop CS3’s Smart Sharpen filter reduces some of the blur, but the double image still causes most of the small text to be illegible:

Blurity kills much of the doubling, clearing up the small labels above the calculator buttons:

Pretty impressive huh?

If you want to play around with the magic for yourself, Blurity is free to download and try. The demo version watermarks your images though, so you’ll have to fork over $39 for the full program. We’re guessing Adobe’s version will be appearing in Photoshop in the not-so-distant future, but until then, Blurity seems like it can definitely do the trick.

Blurity (via The Next Web)

  • Phil Johnston

    What a load of utter crap! Why not just get the image right in camera . Impressive ? The end result is still horrific!

  • Joseph Teeter

    My guess is this is aimed toward the point & shoot crowd, I can’t really see any self respecting photographers try to pass off a “de-blurred” image as legit.

  • WTF

    Not even worth wasting a couple megs to download this on my hard drive that has over 1 terabyte of available space. That last calculator image is a joke. Get it right in camera or don’t even bother.

  • Michael Zhang

    Just like with the Adobe version, one of the big applications is information recovery. You’re probably not going to use this to pass off a badly shot photo as art, but might use it to recover detail that you’d like to see (what a certain blurred section of text says, for example) — detail that would be difficult to recover using standard photo editing programs.

  • Manuel

    I think that a good competitor to compare Blurity is Five, the program made by Amped, and not Photoshop!

  • Zak Henry

    No one is suggesting that this is supposed to be used by photographers trying to make art. But if you are a photojournalist in a combat zone you might not have the luxury of a tripod or being able to get up close, so deblurring might be quite useful for some.

  • 11

    I thought one cannot do such editing in photojournalism… That or any such software can produce false information..

  • Mark Wheadon

    Nobody here always gets it right in camera – sometimes the immediate conditions are such that you can’t, and you don’t have to be photographing war for that to happen – it could even be (shock horror) an error by the photographer, but whatever the reason, some images can’t be re-captured to fix a problem. The moment is gone and life has moved on – it doesn’t wait for you to grab your flash, fetch your tripod, …

  • Eric Johnson

    For all those who aren’t able to think of the applications: photos are data, this process is data recovery. Site inspections, aerial photography, crime investigations, recovering an important shot in photojournalism, documenting anything: like procedures, as-builts, safety where time is money and you didn’t realize one shot was blurry.

  • Friend

    Just tried it out, I don’t see the value of this app, in any situation, for any photographer, ever. I like the idea of the tech but this ain’t it.