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Please give me a solution to this if possible. Image showing white outlines when zoomed.


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Zoomed: White outlines and omg my face :(


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Dave Nelson's comment seems to be right: The image is overly sharpened, creating a halo. You do not see it when zoomed out simply because it becomes too small; it is still there.
Look at Dave Nelson's comment for a link to a detailed explanation on digital sharpening.

Edit: Smartphones and even DSLRs typically add digital sharpening themselves. Maybe you have access to the settings of that shaprening.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I didnt sharpen it. I guess it was the camera app. So is there a solution? I mean to remove those halos \$\endgroup\$
    Oct 21, 2014 at 3:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ To solve the problem for future photographs, you can reduce the sharpening in your camera, in most cases, by adjusting a 'picture style' or set of 'parameters'. Check your manual. \$\endgroup\$
    – TroyR
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ To work with this photo... oh, boy. I'd start with considering a reshoot, but failing that, start by cloning the halo out in Photoshop/GIMP with a very small brush size. You could get fancier, but you're in for a lot of work unless someone here knows a selective blurring trick... \$\endgroup\$
    – TroyR
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have a question - how large is this intended to be printed/viewed? If nobody is going to see this at original size, try scaling it down to the resolution of a 4x6" print (1200px by 1800px @ 300 DPI) and see what you think of it. \$\endgroup\$
    – TroyR
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Quick thought: try duplicating the layer, using threshold to capture the range of brightness as close to the halo brightness as possible, and creating a selection from the threshold layer, thus creating a selection fitting the halo of the original photograph. Edit the selection to taste, pop it on the original layer, and blur that halo to your preference. YMMV. \$\endgroup\$
    – TroyR
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:32

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