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Piccure Plugin Magically Reduces Camera Shake, Beats Adobe to the Punch

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A couple of weeks ago, we shared a sneak peek of Adobe’s upcoming Shake Reduction Tool for Photoshop that has been dropping jaws ever since an advanced preview was debuted all the way back in October of 2011. The tool selects a section of the image, uses some complicated calculations to determine how the camera was moving when the photo was taken, and then remove the blur — pretty incredible stuff.

But it looks like Adobe has been beaten to this magical release by the small startup Intelligent Imaging Solutions and their newly announced Photoshop plugin Piccure.

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Announced officially today, the Piccure plugin just claimed the title of “first software to automatically detect and correct camera shake in images.” At its core, the plugin works the same way as Adobe’s tool will, it uses sophisticated algorithms to determine how the camera was moving when the picture was taken, and then reverses the effect through a process called “deconvolution.”

The tool is meant to work on both the macro and micro levels, meaning that Piccure should work just as well in situations where the crispest detail is your goal as it does in salvaging a blurry mess. Here are a few examples showing off what the Beta can do:

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Piccure will be available for Photoshop CS4 and above, making it (most likely) a much cheaper choice than buying whatever version of Photoshop Adobe decides to drop Shake Reduction into first. For now, it’s available as a free 14-day beta — no official release or pricing info yet — and all the Intelligent Imaging Solution folks ask for in return is your valuable feedback in improving the plugin.

For more info or to download the beta for yourself (it’s available for both Windows and Mac), head over to Piccure’s website by clicking here.


Update: A couple of our readers have pointed out in the comments that their antivirus software classifies Piccure as a trojan. We asked the company about this, and here’s the response we received:

The reason is the software protection we are using (LimeLM). Some antivirus software (here: Kaspersky) does not like it. Reason being: software protection often uses code that looks similar to virus code in terms of bifurcation to make it harder to crack. We are already in touch with LimeLM to see how we can fix it.

In the meantime we posted a statement on the webpage, Facebook and Twitter. Piccure is safe — we would not make this giant effort of developing a camera shake removal plugin for Photoshop to spread Malware (the target group would be way too small…). We are working on the problem and hope it will be fixed soon. Apologies!


Update: Piccure tells us they’re planning to launch a final commercial version of this product in 4-6 weeks.


 
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  • photosforus

    These images must be doctored. I used their images, photoshop CS5.1 and It didn’t do anything to fix the image, it make it look WORSE.

  • Mosjkhjehj99

    because you are not very intelligent and should read the provided infos first.
    it works just fine.

  • Mike

    Well, It’s nice.
    I always get a rather mixed result. The sliders don’t seem to cover many cases and the setting between medium and large is too small, but large is way too big. So it’s impossible to tweak it to the sweet spot.

    In any case, I’ve had no success removing the terrible halos in a “busy” detailed image. Also stuff that wasn’t very motion blurred was “fixed” by the software either, not good.

    It’s a good step in the right direction, but my old Phenom II X4 955 @3.7GHz seems to handle running a 12MP image through this plugin at quality setting in less than 9 seconds (all 4 cores at 99%). So I say- make it more accurate and make use of more powerful processors.

  • photosforus

    Oh, OK.

  • BLOCKED BOB!!!

    As a photographer, how many blurred photos have I created over the years? None. I’m assuming, just assuming that anyone who can fully comprehend Photoshop & has spent £££ or $$$ on the software will defo not be needing this filter! This is only for the Photographic retards of the World & Photoshop should pass it by.

  • Samuel

    The main thing this beta has taught me is how hard it is to find a photo in my archives that has camera shake. The best i could come up with was an accidental photo on a bus, it handled it sort of and slightly improved it. The others i tried went all sorts of weird. Not bad for a beta and for making data out of no data but not as required as i thought i’d find it

  • http://twitter.com/Lemiu Lemiu

    It is identified as malware and trojan on my system – any facts about this?

  • Mosjkhjehj99

    what you are is a stinking liar.
    maybe you have only taken 4 photos in your life moron.
    but EVERY photographer takes blurry photos once in a while.
    even heisler and mc nally.

  • Jake

    What do you shoot? Studio still lifes?

  • Sarpent

    Am I missing something? I can’t find any mention of what this is going to cost post beta. I don’t want to even play around with something that’s could be ridiculously expensive compared with what will eventually be coming from Adobe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trausti-Hraunfjord/100000966675892 Trausti Hraunfjörð

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 lists it as a
    PDM:Trojan.Win32Generic
    I trust Kaspersky on this one, and can only recommend people to stay away far away from this… unfortunately.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    We’ve asked the company about this and have updated this post with their response. Thanks guys!

  • Jill

    Awesome!

  • BLOCKED BOB!!!

    Not that easy PP!

  • http://nikolaovcharski.com/ Nikola Ovcharski

    The results aren’t good

  • onarom

    The results for me were awful! It turned a blurred, shakey photo into a completely unusable photo. I tried using both a RAW and JPEG file and the results were the same. Oh well…

  • http://twitter.com/StyleQuotient Melo

    Long story short… it barely works. Creates an oversaturated image with transparent sections where no adjustments are applied. No blending mode can fix it.

    I emailed support and they offered little insight.

    This dish is undercooked and not ready for serving.

  • RTPhoto

    The download is a 14-day evaluation only. How much is the fully-licensed software?

  • Rick

    The problem is that most of the absurd images magically repaired requires a lot of skill and very in depth PS knowledge. The same thing can be done manually with no plugins. I’ve been using PS since the 90′s I could do it on some pretty F’d images but not nearly as good some of the people born with natural art talent far exceeding my own.

    The way a lot of these companies advertise their software is misleading when applied to rare/casual users.