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Adobe sneak peeks amazing "de-blurring" plug-in for Photoshop

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October 11, 2011

A sneak peek of the amazing Adobe de-blur tool

A sneak peek of the amazing Adobe de-blur tool

Adobe showed what it calls a "sneak peek" of some technology at last week's MAX conference, that may or may not make its way into a future version of Photoshop (we're pretty sure it will). It's a method for de-blurring photographs by analyzing them and constructing the motion path that the camera lens followed to create the original blur. Using some highly advanced magic, the resulting blur can then be removed to an impressive degree - blurred text, for instance, becomes readable.

The algorithm seems to work on low resolution phone pics just as well. Now, when they say "enhance that section right there" in just about every modern police procedural TV show, it might actually mean something.

Peter Elst captured the "sneak peek" presentation in this video:

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Vincent Rice Vincent Rice has been an audio-visual design consultant for almost 30 years including six years with Warner Brothers Cinemas. He has designed several large retail installations in London and a dozen major nightclubs across the world from Belfast to Brno to Beruit. An accomplished musician and 3D computer graphics artist, Vince also writes for AV Magazine in the U.K. and the Loudscreen digital signage blog.   All articles by Vincent Rice
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5 Comments

So all those CIA, MI5, etc. spy movies were correct all along!

Astroyny
12th October, 2011 @ 10:29 am PDT

Stunning plaugin!

Kirill Belousov
12th October, 2011 @ 11:50 am PDT

Now you can find out the license plate number of the Jerk who almost wiped out your writer!!!

Jason Woods
12th October, 2011 @ 12:10 pm PDT

Would be nice if the before and after images were available to show the improvement.

This reminds me of how the FBI un-swirled the face of a pedophile and used the corrected photos to catch him. He figured the using the swirl effect on his face would make it impossible to identify him. If he'd spun it a bunch more or simply used the smudge tool to mess it up more it would have been impossible to un-do the swirl.

They went public with the corrected image as a last resort because the FBI didn't want to reveal it was possible to do that.

Gregg Eshelman
12th October, 2011 @ 03:39 pm PDT

Still, you won't be able to read the license number off the plates of a car in a photo that's 10 by 10 pixels wide :)

Doru Negru
17th October, 2011 @ 07:27 am PDT
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