If you’ve ever needed to access a Course Hero answer but couldn’t because it was blurred out, this tutorial is for you.
The blur function on Course Hero can be very frustrating if you want to look up an answer and don’t have the time or patience to try and decipher the blurry text.
In this post, I will show you how to get rid of that pesky blur!
Before unblurring, let me give a brief introduction about course hero, and its features.
Table Of Content
- 1 What Is Course Hero?
- 2 Why You Would Need To Unblur Course Hero Answer?
- 3 5 Ways to Unblur Course Hero Answer
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- 5 Conclusion
What Is Course Hero?
Course Hero is an online resource for students to access study materials and even submit their own. They also allow users to ask and answer questions in order to get help when they are stuck on something.
Their website is very user friendly and allows you to save certain pages in order to reference them later.
Course hero also covers other topics besides just school work, so if you want to learn something new or are passionate about a topic, Course Hero is the place for you.
What makes Course Hero unique is that they allow anyone to answer another person’s question. This could be useful if you’re not sure about something or want someone else’s opinions.
The person asking the original question may give you insight into how they think and what they believe (so long as the asker doesn’t change it), which could be helpful especially when studying for a test or quiz.
However, when a user asks a question or answers one, certain parts of the page are blurred out. This is in order to prevent people from using Course Hero as a place to copy and paste solutions.
Course Hero requires that all answers submitted be vetted by Course Hero staff before they can be posted publicly; however, there were several instances where the blur feature was accidentally turned on instead of the submit button.
By the way course hero has many great features, which are listed below,
Why You Would Need To Unblur Course Hero Answer?
There are several reasons why you would need to unblur a Course Hero answer, including but not limited to:
You can’t read the text in blurry images because of colour or font issues.
The image is just too blurry for you to make out any words.
You want to look up answers on Course Hero without having to go through all the hassles of trying to figure out what they say.
5 Ways to Unblur Course Hero Answer
The short answer to this question is that you cannot simply turn off the blur feature on your own. Course Hero claims they are trying to fix issues with blurring but have not yet stated when these changes will be made available.
However, there are ways to unblur the answer without having to wait for Course Hero. Here is what you can do:
1. Using the “Unblur” Feature on the Course Hero Site
To unblur a question submitted on your subject of choice, go to the course hero site and click “Answers” then “Browse All Answers”.
From there, find the answer you need help with and click on it. Then, click submit a new answer or vote for this answer if it is already posted.
On the next page, scroll down until you see a section called “Expert Feedback.” Here, you can see all sorts of information about who answered and vote on that specific question.
Click either “Unblur Text” or “Unblur Image” to get rid of the blur! Although this method may be helpful in some cases, be warned that not all questions are covered by Course Hero staff.
So, if you can’t find a way to unblur the answer on the website itself, please move on to method #2!
2. Using Microsoft Paint or Similar Image Editing Programs
This method takes a little more time and is only recommended if you have access to image editing programs such as Photoshop, Paintbrush or even MS paint which is part of all Windows systems. The steps are as follows:
1) Download the original blurry Course Hero image from your computer by either right-clicking on it and choosing “save as” or opening up an internet browser and going directly to my hero profile where you will see the image attached in the centre of their page. Then copy this image into your clipboard.
2) Go to this website which allows you to create screenshots of your screen.
3) Use the screenshot application to take a picture of the Course Hero answer that is too blurry for you to read.
Make sure that you are taking a full-page screenshot so that it completely captures everything including empty space on both sides!
Please note: if you are unable to take a full-page screenshot, try using the print screen function on your keyboard and follow steps 4 & 5 below.
4) Open up MS Paint or any image editing program under Windows programs (eg. Adobe Photoshop CS5 or even paintbrush).
Paste it into the blank canvas by clicking “edit” then “paste”. Delete the original text that may have been printed out with this picture.
5) Next, find the section where the answer begins and ends. Highlight this text by clicking on it and dragging your mouse over all the words you want to unblur (make sure to include empty space as well).
Don’t forget to select both lines of text as shown in the image below:
6) Once you’ve highlighted what you need unblurred, click “edit” then “copy” or just press CTRL+C on your keyboard.
Now paste this information into word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer and remove all spaces until every letter is jammed together without any breaks between them.
You will see that everything should become much more clear! At this point, if you are unable to read any or all of the words, you may move on to method #3.
7) Save the file as a .jpeg rather than a .doc so that you have a readable file to send to your friend!
Now, you can copy and paste this link directly into an email or IM and send it off to them.
3. Using Text-To-Image Websites
If neither of the above methods worked, open up any image editing program such as Paintbrush for Macs or even MS Paint under Windows programs (eg Photoshop CS5).
Then click on “file” followed by “new” and make sure the width is 525 pixels and height is 350 pixels which will create a long but thin picture with many words on it.
Next, paste the blurry Course Hero answer directly onto this blank canvas you just created. Now highlight both lines of text as shown in the image below:
Click “file” then “save as” to save this file as a .jpeg rather than a .doc so that your friend can read it properly!
You can now copy and paste this link into an email or IM and send it off to them. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, answers are simply unbearable for whatever reason.
If nothing at all worked, do not be discouraged – instead, ask for help from staff members who will gladly reply within 24 hours.
4. Using the Hand Tool on Course Hero
This method is not recommended if you want to send your answer directly to a friend because it might not work that well and instead will just end up looking like gibberish.
However, if you’re trying this for fun and aren’t really concerned about how readable the text looks (for example: playing an interactive CSI mystery game), follow these steps:
1) Go to Course Hero and aim your cursor at the blurry answer so it becomes a hand icon as shown below:
2) Click on this “hand” icon once so that all of the words are selected as one object as indicated by a dotted line on top of the words.
3) Now, click on “edit” then “copy” or press CTRL+C on your keyboard to copy the answer. Paste this answer into an image editing program such as Paintbrush for Macs or even MS Paint under Windows programs (eg Photoshop CS5).
4) Delete all background colours and objects around the text so that it is just black letters against a plain white background with no distractions in the way.
5) Follow steps 4-7 of method #3 above to unblur all of the text!
5) Using the Genetic Algorithm Method
If something under genetic algorithm worked for you but not everything did, copy and paste only unblurred text of the answer into word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer and remove all letters that got jumbled up.
Then, copy these letters and paste them onto a blank page in your image editing program of choice.
Now highlight everything with your mouse so the entire text object is selected as shown below by a dotted line on top of the words:
Next, click “file” then “save as” to save this file as a .jpeg rather than a .doc so that you have a readable picture to send to your friend!
Now, simply copy and paste this link into an email or IM and send it off!
This answer should be much more clear for your friend although it may have been quite blurry using method #5 above.
If it worked well, do not hesitate to let us know in the comment section below!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does the Genetic Algorithm Method do?
It rearranges letters that may have been jumbled up from the other blurring methods to make a more clear answer!
What does the Hand Tool do?
It selects all of the letters in a text object at once so that they can be copied and pasted into an image editing program to unblur them!
Why is it sometimes not possible to unblur the answer at all?
Text on some images may be harder to read because of poor image quality or other reasons.
However, if this problem occurs frequently and affects many answers, they may try to fix this glitch in a future update!
What does “shaking” or “moving” the answer updo?
It makes the letters move around so that it may work better for you!
Why can’t I find some answers?
Their teams do their best to keep Course Hero as accurate as possible for all of their users and some answers may be removed or replaced with others by site moderators.
Furthermore, many answers on the website are only visible if you sign up for a free account so it is recommended that you consider doing this!
Course Hero has helped us realize how detrimental blurring text can be to our understanding of the image.
Although these methods are used by many people, it is recommended that you do not abuse it!
Blurred answers are often difficult to understand because they may have been copied and pasted from textbooks or other seemingly factual text.
Thus, only use this method if you are absolutely sure of what you’re trying to find out! Furthermore, never try to change blurred answers on Course Hero because it will mess up their system and cause errors for both of you.
Thanks For Reading!