Photo Scanning Tip: How To Use Photoshop To Sharpen Your Images So They’re Not Blurry

If You Use The Photo Scanning Tips In This Article, You’ll Get Results Like This…

fix blurry photo scans in photoshop so they look sharper

Sometimes your photos will look OK.  But when you scan them and have a closer look, they look a bit blurry.  Or maybe your dad just took a blurry photo!

In any case, this is pretty easy to fix.  Here’s how…


1. What Tool To Use To Sharpen Photo Scans

Open your photo scan, and find the Unsharp Mask tool.  Here’s where to find it…

us unsharp mask to fix blurry photo scans in photoshop

The command is: Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask


2. How To Use Unsharp Mask To Sharpen Photos

When you open the Unsharp Make, you’ll see something like this…

unsharp mask in photoshop will sharpen your photo scans


Now, see Amount, Radius, Threshold?  After playing around with these setting many time, here’s the best setup:


how to use unsharp mask to fix blurry photo scans


A. Amount:  This is the one I use the most.  It can range from 5% to 80%, depending how blurry your photo scan is.
B. Radius: I usually keep this around 2 – 6 pixels.  You don’t have to move it too much.
C. Threshold:  I usually never touch this, and keep it at 0.


3 Action Step To Do RIGHT NOW…

Step 1.  Open a blurry photo scan in Photoshop.

Step 2. Open the Unsharp Mask tool (Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask)

Step 3. Keep Threshold at 0; Radius 2 – 3; and only move Amount until your image looks sharp enough.


Still Stuck With Your Photo Scanning Project?

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