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Old 11-07-2007, 05:21 AM
sagar sagar is offline
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Default Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

How different are the two softwares? Which one is more practically applicable?
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:50 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

I've been using Neat Image from day 1 and am quiet happy with the results.
I started with the free trial (which coincidentally NEVER seems to expire), then I moved onto the full version which runs as a filter inside Photoshop.

Sorry, I've never tried the Noiseware Community.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:26 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

Same for me.. Neat Image works well... even the free trial version!! :-)
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:16 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

hello,

I am using noiseware pro and this is also a great one, i think the result from neat and noiseware are very similar. but i always heard neat image was a little bit more efficient. as i was used with noiseware i keep it as tool. what i appreciate is you can have the noise reduce with an action bouton which is very speedy and there are some levels for portrait/landscape / hard noise ect..
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:15 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

I'm not using either one of them, but went for Noise Ninja photoshop plugin:
http://www.picturecode.com/

Here you will find a review of 22 (!) different noise reduction programs. The test is already a bit older, but giving a good overview on what's available on the market - and Noise Ninja came out pretty well: http://www.michaelalmond.com/Articles/noise.htm
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:37 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

very useful post Dennis.
thanks!!
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:45 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

Thanks all for the inputs. The links were really helpful Denis.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:47 AM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

You're welcome! A nice thing of Noise Ninja is also that you can do a general noise reduction and then undo it in certain areas of the picture with an undo-brush. The other way around you can also also brush the noise away in certain parts. Or you do a small noise reduction and then a heavier reduction in certain areas with the noise brush.

I'd always advise to do noise reduction in steps, rather then one big reduction on the original shot. Do one on the original shot of 3600 pix, resize in steps to 1400 pix, noise reduction and then resize to 800 or 720 pix for posting.

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Dennis
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:30 PM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

Thanks again Denis!!These are real helpful inputs !!!
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:24 PM
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Default Re: Neat Image vs Noiseware Community

Interesting. I agree about only applying NR where needed; but I disagree about the resizing bit.

Noise at 100% pixels is often somewhat predictable, due the Bayer filter pattern and interpolation algorithms used by the cameras, so I'd expect the algorithms used in NR are trained to recognise certain patterns as noise. If you resample down then that recognition might not work. Of course I'm only going on the noise that I see in images, and how I'd code to repair it; not from any inside knowledge of the products in question, so it's possible that your approach may actually be best. My gut feeling is that it possibly isn't though.

I'm using NeatImage in case anyone's curious. I just apply to a whole layer at original size, and then use an eraser to knock out any areas where I think NR shouldn't be done. This also has the advantage of making it easier to hit edges accurately (at 3888px wide an edge could be five pixels, but 1400 is could be just one or two, which would be harder to mask). As I say that's just my approach, there are no guarantees that it's the best!
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