Six Digital Noise reduction applications
Digital noise is the equivalent of film grain, but unlike film grain digital noise can be reduced or virtually eliminated by software. We take a look at six noise reduction applications to see how well they perform.
Neat image – $39.90
Neat image is available as both a standalone application or as a Photoshop plug-in. On launching, the interface is minimal in appearance, but clicking on the Auto profile will place a rectangle over an area containing noise. From here click on the Noise Filter Settings tab to make all the necessary Noise Level adjustments, Noise Reduction Amounts and Sharpening. Different values can be applied for High, Mid and Low frequencies for full control on all areas of the image.
This plug-in is very fast in operation, noise reductions can be quickly previewed on the whole image or you can view the colour channels as separate windows. Settings can be saved and applied to other images. It features an impressive noise reduction filter.