noise removal software

Started Dec 26, 2009 | Discussions
marcus300 Regular Member • Posts: 238
noise removal software

Help wanted.

I'm looking to get a noise removal program and wondered which was best?

I'm aware of two such programs: Noise Ninja & Neat Image.

I use both a D40 and D200 if this makes any differance to which would work best with my cameras.

thanks
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CaseyJ Senior Member • Posts: 1,843
TopazLabs Denoise

I have tried them all, Neat Image, Noise Ninja, Picture Cooler, etc, and the only one I would pay for (and have paid for) is TopazLabs Denoise. Slow but the very best of the lot in my humble opinion.

http://www.topazlabs.com/

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OP marcus300 Regular Member • Posts: 238
Re: TopazLabs Denoise

Thanks Casey, I was not aware of this program....The samples they have posted look excellent.

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BiscuitMonster Senior Member • Posts: 1,021
Re: noise removal software

Since I've been trying out the Lightroom 3 beta, I really can't imagine ever bothering with external noise reduction software again. LR3 produces excellent results from all the raw files I've thrown at it (Nikon D90/D300s/D700, Canon G10/S90/50D, Pentax K10D, K-7).

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malch Forum Pro • Posts: 14,048
Re: TopazLabs Denoise

marcus300 wrote:

Thanks Casey, I was not aware of this program....The samples they have posted look excellent.

I too like Topaz Denoise. However, be aware that:

1. It is only available as a Photoshop (or compatible) plugin. There is no standalone program so it's not going to work for you unless you have an application to host it.

2. As already mentioned, it's very slow although the results are worth it.

Also, if you use Photoshop and any of the compatible NR plugins, it's pretty easy to use a surface mask and that's a great way to protect detail whilst taking the noise out of skies and other smooth surfaces.

OP marcus300 Regular Member • Posts: 238
Re: TopazLabs Denoise

I should have mentioned that I do use Photoshop 7 but never tried with a noise removal plugin added. thanks

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Anada Senior Member • Posts: 1,500
G'MIC for Gimp

Another very slow but VERY good is G'MIC for Gimp. The best thing in these are the fact that you don't pay anything. I've used both Noiseware plugin on PS and G*MIC plugin on Gimp, and G*MIC has been the better one on D300, D200 and Panasonic TZ7.

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charleyd Senior Member • Posts: 1,077
Re: noise removal software

I am using Noiseware Community Edition 2.6. It is freeware. I checked it against ninja and a couple of other programs. I could see no difference in the results. In a couple of instances it actually did a cleaner job. Get it at http://www.imagenomic.com and give it a try.

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Gale Bizet Forum Pro • Posts: 15,266
Agree with topaz denoise..nt
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egrivel Senior Member • Posts: 1,840
Re: G'MIC for Gimp

Anada wrote:

Another very slow but VERY good is G'MIC for Gimp. The best thing in these are the fact that you don't pay anything. I've used both Noiseware plugin on PS and G*MIC plugin on Gimp, and G*MIC has been the better one on D300, D200 and Panasonic TZ7.

I found the G'MIC page at
http://gmic.sourceforge.net/index.shtml

but I don't quite see how this is a noise reduction software... am I looking at the right thing?

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berleconi Contributing Member • Posts: 671
test
REBlue Senior Member • Posts: 2,076
Re: noise removal software

Which ones work on raw files? I liked Noise Ninja, but it doesn't do raw files.
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maverick01 Contributing Member • Posts: 764
Re: test

berleconi wrote:

Independent noise reduction test of many tools

http://www.michaelalmond.com/Articles/noise1.htm
http://www.michaelalmond.com/Articles/noise_conc.htm

top 3
noise ninja http://www.picturecode.com
neat image http://www.neatimage.com also a free version
PC http://www.focusforensic.shorturl.com/ free denoiser

While a nice test, one should keep in mind that this test was last revised in 2005 and noise removal software has improved much since then.

Derek Hawkins Senior Member • Posts: 2,049
Which ones work on raw files?

NX1 and NX2. I actually prefer NX1's noise redution to Noise Ninja....Go figure.

REBlue Senior Member • Posts: 2,076
Re: Which ones work on raw files?

I use NX2, but it sometimes takes away too much detail for my liking.
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Noiseware and Dfine

Amazing how there's quite a few responses. My personal favorites are Imagenomic Noiseware: http://www.imagenomic.com/nwpg.aspx

.....and Nik Dfine 2.0:
http://www.niksoftware.com/dfine/usa/entry.php
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1971_M5
1971_M5 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,730
Photoshop

When I had a super-zoom bridge cam, I was always looking to remove noise. So... I bought Neat Image. Problem was... it de-noised the entire picture. Subsequently, I got a copy of Photoshop Elements (for reasons other than noise reduction) and I found an added bonus... it had an NR filter built-in and it was effectively much better since I could select the area(s) to apply the NR. Maybe the new versions of NR software can do this, but frankly I'm not interested; Photoshop (I use the old v4 Elements) does what I need in this regard. Typically, with the D300, I only need to apply NR to the sky in a few limited situations.

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Osvaldo Cristo
Osvaldo Cristo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,244
Re: TopazLabs Denoise

I use Noise Ninja for years and tested some months ago TopazDenoise. Generally it is praised and has good results with some reviews claiming it the best of the available solutions.

My personal experience (certainly it can be different for others):

1) I did not perceive any better results than Noise Ninja - mainly if you know to work with NN setup outside the default values

2) TopazDenoise is veeery slow (as mentioned previously)

3) If you have a major area underexposed, near detailless, Topaz constructs a strange pattern in the area, Noise Ninja presents ramdom artifacts

I decided to stay with Noise Ninja after the expiration of my try out period.

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Coraggio Junior Member • Posts: 38
which noise reduction sw can plunin NX2?

My work flow is pretty rely on NX2, and its noise reduction is not so satisified due to loose many details. Any of the recommendation above that can plug-in for NX2?

Thanks

Y Burger New Member • Posts: 9
Re: noise removal software

I like DFine 2.0 (NIK software) best. No need for separate camera profiles anymore and it is fast. It also supports Photoshops Smart Filters which can be a big plus. As mentioned earlier, be sure to check out the NR in Lightroom 3 (beta). Results seem also very promising!

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