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Best Noise Reduction Software???

Dyun Baline , Sep 03, 2010; 05:53 p.m.

I had a chance to try out Adobe Photoshop CS5 and really liked the noise reduction capabilities. I don't know how long before I can afford to buy CS5, so my question is;
Is there Noise reduction software that compares or even surpasses CS5? What do you use and prefer? Ideally I would prefer a stand-alone program, but I do have CS3 if need be. The noise reduction in CS3 (in my opinion) doesn't really come close to CS5.
Thanks for your time!


Steve Wagner , Sep 03, 2010; 06:12 p.m.

Jana, you might search, this has been discussed many times before

Peter Y , Sep 03, 2010; 07:50 p.m.

Give Lightroom 3 a try... same(similar) noise reduction as CS5..
One I used in the pas t was very happy with is noiseware by Imagenomic, also read/heard good things about noise ninja..
Like Brett suggested a quick search... will help you decide which one is best for you.
All 3 I mentioned have trial versions for download.

D.B. Cooper , Sep 03, 2010; 10:28 p.m.

I don't know how long before I can afford to buy CS5...
Give Lightroom 3 a try... same(similar) noise reduction as CS5..

LR3 ($299) is $100 more than the cost of the upgrade from PS CS3 from PS CS5 ($199), unless you both were talking about the entire Adobe Creative Suite, which would cost a lot more.

I use Nik Dfine ($100 stand-alone) with LR and Topaz DeNoise ($80 stand-alone) with PS. I don't have stand-alone versions, but they work the same as the stand-alone versions. I prefer the control points with Dfine. Either one is available as a free demo. Hope this helped.

jacopo brembati , Sep 04, 2010; 04:20 a.m.


Mike Earussi , Sep 04, 2010; 11:13 a.m.

I use Neat Image which is a free download as long as you don't mind working in 8 bits (you have to buy it if you want to work in 16 bit files).

Bill Tuthill , Sep 04, 2010; 01:24 p.m.

Although this topic has been discussed before, the answer is different now. Topaz Denoise is way better than Noiseware, Neat Image, Noise Ninja, etc. Also Lightroom 3 (and CS5, if it uses the same algorithms) is now in the running.

PhotoDenoising is free, interesting, have not tried it. DB, last I checked Topaz Denoise is available only as a plugin, not stand-alone.

Here is a blog that compares three widely-respected choices: (link)

Luminous-landscape also has an essay on Topaz with a Lightroom 3 comparison at the end.

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