Increase Detail With Focus Magic

Focus Magic is a piece of software that sharpens and de-blurs photos in a special way through use of sophisticated algorithms. Besides using it to repair photos that have blur or focus issues, I also sometimes use it as a final-pass item that punches up the sharpness. It’s another of my “secret weapons.”

I find that using Focus Magic in my workflow after I have saved the photo as a JPEG in my “gallery” folder, works to give an extra sharpness to any photo. I use the “focus” setting with various blur widths (1-4) and a strength of 25-50%, and it works almost every time.

A lot of times I may think I have completed a photo and its ready for display in my gallery, but the sharpness that I thought I had in the photo simply isn’t there if I compare it to the same photo processed through Focus Magic. By using Focus Magic at the end of my process, details are increased and there is a “tack sharp” look to the photo. It’s really impressive!

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Without (left) and with (right) Focus Magic correction.

While the forensic-strength deconvolution algorithms used in Focus Magic work wonders, it only works with JPEG photos. That is why I leave it as a final step in my process, even after I have saved a photo to my gallery collection. The other drawback is that it erases the metadata from the photo when it saves the finished JPEG. I remedy this by synchronizing the metadata with the original afterward in Lightroom.

Sometimes this technique of using Focus Magic in this way just doesn’t work either. The sharpening gained is sometimes too much for a particular photo. In this case, there is nothing lost, I just don’t use the final product or I go back in and adjust the Focus Magic settings a bit (reducing the blur width or the percentage).

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Without (left) and with (right) Focus Magic corrections.

There you have it – another secret weapon you can use for those problematic photos! With Focus Magic, you’ll end up salvaging some photos you thought were unusable and improving some that are marginal, giving you a better portfolio of photos!

Thank you for reading what I wrote — I hope you enjoyed it.