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Nik Multimedia DFine

URL: www.nikmultimedia.com
Cost: $99.95
Platforms: Mac & PC
Version Tested: 1.0
Demo available: Yes. As you can see below, the demo version stamps "DEMO" throughout the image.

This Photoshop plugin offers a bewildering set of noise reduction algorithms. For luminance reduction it offers the following algorithms, each with their own specific configurable attributes:

  • Quick fix - simple reduction, pick how noisy your image looks
  • Print optimized with different low, normal and strong algorithms
  • Reduce noise, also with different low, normal and strong algorithms
  • Color targeted reduction to reduce noise in a certain color range - perfect for just skys or dark shadows
  • Camera specific profiles (which cost $35 extra for each camera) for algorithms targeted for that particular model of camera.

That's just for luminance noise. For chroma noise you also get to choose from:

  • Quick fix - simple reduction, pick how noisy your image looks
  • Global Reduction - general chroma noise reduction
  • Protected Reduction - protects color detail
  • JPG Reprocessing - fixes JPG artifacts as well as chroma noise

It can also fix up lighting/contrast and color cast/balance.

Dfine did a fantastic job getting rid of the JPG artifacts, especially in the sky.

Settings:

  • Luminance: Reduce Noise: normal
    • Noise Reduction Strength: 11
    • Detail Protection Strength: 75%
  • Chroma: JPG Reprocessing
    • JPG Artifact Intensity: 100%
    • Chrominance Noise Level: 6

The transitions between the different tones got blurred a little too much.

Settings:

  • Luminance: Camera specific profile
    • 80%, 50%, 50%, 60%, 10%
  • Chroma: JPG Reprocessing
    • JPG Artifact Intensity: 100%
    • Chrominance Noise Level: 3

Detail was retained pretty well, but the overall brightness of the image is noticeably lower in the shadows.

Settings:

  • Luminance: Camera specific profile
    • 65%, 50%, 20%, 20%, 81%
  • Chroma: JPG Reprocessing
    • JPG Artifact Intensity: 100%
    • Chrominance Noise Level: 4

Pros:

  • Very good JPG artifact removal
  • Multiple preview windows, lets you see the changes in detail in different areas of the image at the same time.
  • It can highlight what changes are going to be made, enabling you to fine tune the results
  • Special Dfine brushes let you selectively reduce noise and optimize detail
  • Lots of options

Cons:

  • Lots of options!
  • Camera specific profiles add to the overall cost.
  • It is pretty slow

Fixer Labs NoiseFixer

URL: www.fixerlabs.com
Cost: $17
Platforms: Mac & PC
Version Tested: 1.0
Demo available: Yes

Noise Fixer is a Photoshop plugin that has two noise reduction controls, one for chroma noise and one for luminance noise. It has four preview windows that are linked. One shows how the color noise is being effected, one shows how the luminance noise is being effected, one shows the original image and one shows the results.

A surprising amount of detail remains, even though all the noise is removed from the sky and trees. JPG artifacts tend to remain though.

Settings:

  • Color noise: 10
  • Luminance noise: 19

Higher levels of noise reduction could be used and the outline of the trees still remained sharp. Strangely the other transition areas did not remain as sharp.

Settings:

  • Color noise: 9
  • Luminance noise: 25

It did not take a very high color noise setting before things got blurry between the maintains and the sky, but luminance noise was easily removed while keeping detail. JPG artifacts in the sky were noticeably left behind.

Settings:

  • Color noise: 5
  • Luminance noise: 15

Pros:

  • Great luminance noise removal, while preserving detail.
  • Fast. Preview windows update almost instantly.
  • Cheap.

Cons:

  • Zooming in more than 100% stops the preview windows from working.
  • Preview windows are pretty small and not resizeable.
  • Color noise removal tends to smear the colors, blurring the image.
  • JPG artifacts tend to be left behind.

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