How to Unblur An Image

You have just taken a picture on your phone camera and you like this shot so much. But, when returning to the Camera Roll folder, you find out that the picture is already blurry. Everyone, at least, has experienced this annoying problem one time and many of you usually think that there’s not much to do to fix that. Fortunately, there are still a few ways that can help you to unblur your blurry photos.

Most of these methods require using a computer, but I will show you a method to directly use it on your mobile phone.

Next time whenever you accidentally get shaky before taking a shot, you can remember that there are still a few ways to make it better.

Unblur Photos or Pictures

Remove blur from a photo with Gimp

There are several options to unblur a photo, but the first one I would like to recommend is Gimp software. While Gimp doesn’t have advanced elements as Photoshop has, it is a free Photoshop alternative and very handy to unblur photos. To remove blurry images using Gimp, just follow these steps below:

  • Download and install Gimp on your Windows PC first and open the tool.
  • In its interface, press Ctrl +O on the keyboard.
  • Head to ToolsPain Tools > choose Blur/Sharpen from the Toolbox. You can also press Shift + U keyboard shortcut.

Now, just use the sharpen tool and then drag the mouse over the image to sharpen it. When you drag the mouse over with Ctrl + Click, it will sharpen the image, and drag the mouse with a click to blur the image.

Once you are satisfied with the results, click on File >Save As” to create a new copy of the image.

Unblur Image using Paint

Paint is another free image editing tool that is useful for fixing blurry pictures. It’s one of the best programs to sharpen blurry images and make blurry photos clear. All you need is visit their website and then download the program on your Windows computer. Then, install it and you’re good to go.

  • Double click on the icon from the Desktop to launch the program.
  • Open the blurred image you want to sharpen.
  • Go to EffectsPicture > Sharpen
  • Move the slider to the right to your desired level.
  • When you are happy with the results, just click on OKand Save.

You can also edit the image further with the help of the Effects and Noise reduction to unblur a picture.

Unblur Photos with Photoshop

Photoshop is the most wide-used tool to edit photos, also meaning that it can do a good job when you want to make your pictures less blurry. There are several tools in Photoshop you can use to sharpen the image. I will show you three different ways:

Method 1:

  1. Launch Photoshop app on your computer
  2. Click on FilterSharpen > Shake Reduction
  3. Wait for the software to unblur the photo

Method 2:

  1. Duplicate the background layer and then select that layer
  2. Click on FilterOther > High Pass and set its value at 10%
  3. Set the “hard light” blend mode
  4. Adjust the opacity till the photo is no longer blurry

Method 3:

  1. Open the image that you want to unblur in Photoshop Elements
  2. From the Filters menu, click on Enhance
  3. Select Unsharp Mark
  4. Change the amount and radius until you’re satisfied

Make sure that you try all 3 methods to see which one made your photo look the best.

Unblur photos with Pintools

Another useful way to fix blurry photos is to use Pinetools, which is online editing software, allowing you to sharpen up your images.

  1. Visit Pinetools
  2. Click on Choose file
  3. Select the sharpen strength by dragging the button
  4. Click on sharpen

Wait for a few seconds and your photo will be unblurred.

Aside from that, you can also invert colors, lighten an image, as well as change the contracts to help your photo look even better than the original.

Unblur Image using Blurity

Unlike the free options on Windows OS, I choose a paid option for Mac, called Blurity.  You can also test the software for free before deciding to purchase or not. The program lets you use free usage, but there will be a watermark in output. You can only remove the watermark if you get a paid subscription.


  • Head to on your Mac and download the software. After that, install it on Mac and then open Blurity.
  • Open the blurred image.
  • Choose the area on the image you want to unblur.
  • Click on Process button and wait for the software to do its work.
  • Save the image when done.

Once again, you should remember that the free version will come with watermark all over the processed image. So, if you want to remove the watermark, you need to buy Blurity subscription.

Unblur Photo with Snapseed for iPhone & Android

If you are using an iPhone or Android and you want to bother picking up your computer to unblur your photo, you can try the free app, called Snapseed.

With this app, you can quickly unblur multiple photos on your iPhone/ Android device. To do so

  1. Launch Snapseed app and upload the blurry photo
  2. Tap on Details
  3. Choose sharpenunblur
  4. After unblurring, select Structure show more detail

You should give this app a try since it has 2 options to unblur a picture and using both these options together will give you a photo with better quality.

I hope you will find these options useful to fix blurry photos as well as sharpen them.