Correct Blurred Photo of Neuschwanstein Castle with AKVIS Enhancer

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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century Bavarian castle. Located in Germany, near Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, the castle was built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner, the King's inspiring muse.

The conception of the castle was outlined by Ludwig II in a letter to Richard Wagner, dated May 13, 1868; "It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin at Hohenschwangau near the Pollat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights' castles...the location is the most beautiful one could find, holy and unapproachable, a worthy temple for the divine friend who has brought salvation and true blessing to the world."

Unfortunately our photos are not always of a high quality, but we can impove them. For example we have a blurred image like human memories. Using AKVIS Enhancer and standard Photoshop tools we'll try to make our dark photos clearer and better.

Original image and result
Original Image After Correction

Note, that though we use Adobe Photoshop and the plugin version of AKVIS Enhancer, you can take the standalone program AKVIS Enhancer and use its features, including the Post Processing tab (instead of the Photoshop tools).

  • Step 1. Open an image in Adobe Photoshop.

    Original Photo
  • Step 2. Call AKVIS Enhancer from the main menu of your photo editor: Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer.

    Select Improve Detail mode. Here you can see the plugin window with the default settings.

    Atref AKVIS Enhancer

    Press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window.

  • Step 3. We have removed the smoke, but the image became colorless. We can make our image brighter. Choose from the main menu of your photo editor Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation and set the value of the Saturation to 25.

    Hue/Saturation settings

    Press the button OK.

    Increase Saturation
  • Step 4. Call Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast from the menu and increase the value of the Contrast parameter to 20.

    Brightness/Contrast settings

    Press the button ОК.

    Increase Contrast
  • Step 5. As you can see our image now has a pink tint. Let’s remove this tint. Call Image -> Adjustments -> Color Balance and set the values of the parameters as shown below.
    Color Balance settings

    Press the button OK.

Let’s compare these photos:

Before and after correction
Original Dark Image After AKVIS Enhancer

Do you like the result?

You can try other modes of AKVIS Enhancer to improve this photo: for example, first Tone Correction, then Prepress. The result will be impressive!

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Improve Detail — Improve Detail
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Tone Correction — Tone Correction
   — Comparison of Modes — Comparison of Modes
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Lighten a Dark Street Photo — Lighten a Dark Street Photo
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase Image Clarity — Increase Image Clarity
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Lightening a Dark Photo — Lightening a Dark Photo
   — Show Details in Shadows — Show Details in Shadows
   — The Golden Pavilion — The Golden Pavilion
   — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect
   — Perfect Lighting — Perfect Lighting
   — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes


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