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Old Sep 25, 2011, 1:42 PM   #1
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Default Easy to use But effective noise removal software?

Hi, I need a noise removal tool, effective but easy to use as I am not that computer savvy.
Best if it can be used as aperture 3 Plugin.
Some contenders are:
Nik Dfine
Topas Denoise,

So which is easier to use specially in a Mac environment?

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Old Sep 25, 2011, 6:00 PM   #2
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I've used both Nik and Topaz in Lightroom. Both work OK, but I prefer Topaz. I find that it retains detail a bit more than Nik and is just as effective with reducing noise. The other thing I like is that you can use Topaz in Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop/Photoshop Elements in the same version, while Nik charges more for a version that works with Photoshop. Nik's software has fewer adjustment sliders, but you can use their control points to adjust different parts of the picture. If I think I want to apply noise reduction to only part of a picture when using DeNoise, I'll do it in Photoshop and use layers - that way I can change things if I decide I don't like how I did it originally.

Both are available as free trials - my recommendation is to download both and play with them, then decide which will work well for you. I made the mistake of buying Noise Ninja before trying it, and was very disappointed with it. Others could get great results with it, but I could never could.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 6:36 PM   #3
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I will second the recommendation for Topaz. I have used some others, including Neat Image, which is very good, but takes a bit more time to get profiled for each camera and set of conditions. Topaz is very simple to use, and works with my editing software quite seamlessly.

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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I am hung up on NIK'S Dfine. It is part of my normal workload. I mainly use PSPX4 as well as CS5. I have noise ninja, and neat image, and Kodak Digital Gem. but dfine is my favorite and the one I use almost exclusively. Actually the new PaintShopPro X4's built in Digital Noise removal is pretty dern good. check out my stuff at www.thegreygeek.us
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Thanks a lot.. I have just downloaded topaz denoise, and so far I like it...
What are your thoughts about the other topaz programs?
Anything worth trying now with the free trial?

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Topaz' InFocus does a very good job of sharpening and deblurring. Takes care of misfocus as well as motion blur problems. A really good addition for getting that last bit of sharpness without artifacts.

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Focusmagic has been part of my normal workload,but now you tweaked my interest in Topaz! I will try it! Have you compared it to focus magic?
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I tried out Focusmagic some time ago and liked it, but have found the Topaz plugin to be better at removing artifacts. It seemed that Focusmagic had a better range of motion blur removal, though, IIRC.

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I spent a lot of time yesterday trying all of the Topaz plugins. And.... Still like Focus Magic over InFocus... mainly I'm too lazy to make all the adjustments in InFocus, whereas I just automatically do a FocusMagic setting of 1 to allmost all of my images. If the image is badly out of focus, It's probably better to trash it! Unless of course, it happens to be one-of-a-kind and non repeatable? Then, yep use any and all to fix it.

Todays adventure has been Topaz Remask 3: Now that is the plugin to have, it does extraction better than any other product I have ever tried. Wish I had it a few months ago.

You can go nuts with all these plugins, probably better to focus on taking better pictures.

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