Adobe has offered a peek at an upcoming feature for Photoshop that could make blurred photos a thing of the past by calculating the movements of the camera at the time the image was taken and enabling a one-click fix. The new feature was demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event, where attendees oohed and aahed as the software corrected an image snapped with a smartphone camera and even made a section of text in the photo more legible.
The anti-blur feature is not available for Photoshop yet and Adobe isn't saying when we'll see it in a shipping product. The company warned that all sneak peek features were just prototypes with no concrete product plans, but if it works as good as they make it to be (the video demonstration doing the rounds online is kind of blurry, ironically), it's probably safe to assume that the blur-fixing feature will make it to a future version of Photoshop.
There are various methods that can help reduce blur from photographs, but these typically require manual adjustments to photos and a deep knowledge of photo editing software -- which a majority of people don't have. Adobe's new blur-fixing feature would allow anyone to quickly and easily correct photos in just a few steps.
It uses what Adobe is calling a "blur kernel," which can show information such as what the motion trajectory of the camera was while the shutter was open -- causing the blur in the first place -- and can align the whole image for a sharp resulting photo with the click of a button. Though professional photographers will want to stick to expensive stabilization in D-SLR lenses and tripods, this could certainly save a lot of impromptu photos from all types of users.
It's important to note that this technique doesn't appear to be able to correct shots that weren't correctly focused. For that another company is developing so-called Lytro cameras, which allow you to refocus shots after they're taken.