In COVID19, we are going through old pictures. I found these on computer, but except "WACHOVIA CHAMPIONSHIP", I can't clearly see books and smaller objects con shelves! How ENHANCE these pictures like you see in movies or TV? I zoomed in, but still too blurry!

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    You can't. Real life is not full of "CSI magic tricks". – Scott May 11 '20 at 7:58
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    There's some very good coverage on the "CSI" public perception issue on photo.stackexchange.com/questions/17098/… including one answer from a company who does this professionally. – Tetsujin May 11 '20 at 8:58
  • Do note that the asnwer @Tetsujin links to is some nine years old by the time of writing. Judging by the company's samples page technology hasn't visibly improved--or at least their hasn't. – Vincent May 11 '20 at 11:09
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    Is it weird when I think the basic premise of this question -- wanting to enhance apparent webcam images -- is either left to law enforcement and thus non-public, or really creepy? – Vincent May 11 '20 at 11:24
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    @Vincent, lol. The OP says "found these on computer". Which computer? 😂 – Wolff May 11 '20 at 11:39

Your images have too low resolution and are too blurred to enhance significantly.

To understand why, you only need to understand one simple concept: An image only contains the information stored in its pixels. There is no additional data about what lies between the pixels.

Here are some letters in high resolution:

If we reduce the resolution a little, we get some pixelation, but we can still clearly see the properties of each letter, making it possible to read them:

The letter E needs to be at least 5 pixels tall because it has 3 horizontal lines and 2 gaps. If we reduce the image to a height of 5 pixels we can still decipher the text:

But if the resolution gets so low that the defining details can't be reproduced with the available pixels, it gets impossible to read the letters:

No computer application will be able to recreate those missing details because they aren't stored anywhere. Many different letters could have resulted in this image.


Lets sum it up. If this is all you have then no you can not do it.

If you would have a database of books you might have a better chance but even, then you can not enhance the image just correlate it with possible books.

If you would have several images you could use superscale to enhance images by up to 50%. Still nothing for most of your images.

Life is not CSI

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