We all have them, I’m sure. The subject of the photo moves all of a sudden or maybe it was an action shot you weren’t prepared for. Or maybe you’re like me and blurry photos tend to be a more normal occurrence than you’d like. But what’s done is done and sometimes it’s the only photo you’ve got, and sometimes the sharpen filters just aren’t doing the job. So let’s talk about a couple of tricks for getting blurry photos to look great on the page.
Blending and Texture
A good way to hide the fact that the photo isn’t the greatest quality is to give the layout a more artistic look by blending the photo into the background.
This photo was a happy accident. We thought the automatic timer had gone off already and we didn’t know it was set to take a series of photos. This is my very favorite photo from our trip, but it’s got a bit of a blur because we were still moving when it took the picture. Of course I wanted to scrap it!
I used a smear as a clipping mask for the photo.
Clip the photo.
I wanted our faces to be clear, so I used a soft brush to make another mask on top of the smear, duplicated the photo and then clipped it to the new mask.
Another way to improve the blurry photos is to give the photo some texture.
Here, I’ve blended the photo into two different papers, giving the layout and photo some really great texture and at the same time, removing the dark scenery from the background.
Come back tomorrow and let me introduce you to a photo repair tool I recently learned about - and a bonus tutorial on how to use it!