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NoiseControl Photoshop Plugin - Noise Reduction Tool
The Plugin Site is glad to announce NoiseControl, a further highly refined product within the PhotoWiz series. NoiseControl removes image noise and other artifacts while keeping image edges and details intact and at the same time applies sophisticated sharpening without amplifying noise. It distinguishes details from noise by performing thousands of clever calculation per pixel. Thus it is able to achieve a superior detail/noise ratio by keeping indispensable details while filtering noise. For best results it internally operates with 16-bit and 32-bit precision, even when processing 8-bit images.
NoiseControl offers two methods for automatically choosing effective denoising parameters: The Auto Sample feature finds and evaluates a noise sample, a uniform image area without any details, whereas the Auto Preset feature chooses an existing preset according to the embedded EXIF data, mainly the camera model and ISO value, of the photo.
There are also various possibilities to manually fine-tune the denoising settings. You can manually select a noise sample in the preview by drawing a sample area, visually compare split views with different settings and select one of them or you can manually adjust the denoising controls. The ability to view luminance and color channels separately is an additional aid for manual fine-tuning.
In order to selectively adjusting the denoising for various image areas, NoiseControl allows you to alter the denoising parameters in shadows, midtones, highlights and nine color areas of the image. These selective adjustments can be performed with the help of sliders or by clicking on the appropriate image area with the eyedropper tool and dragging left or right.
NoiseControl also provides various facilities known from other PhotoWiz plugins. It offers a simple mode for novices as well as an advanced mode for pro users. There are three preview tab sheets for quickly comparing and adjusting three versions of the image at the same time. A Navigator tab sheet lets you quickly scroll the preview image and the preview zoom can be set between 6% and 3200%.
In contrast to other noise reduction tools NoiseControl grants several fine-tuning methods including automatic, semiautomatic, manual and visual options. Thus it achieves superior denoising results, especially when fighting strong noise. In addition to that NoiseControl's sharpening feature makes details crisp again without side-effects.
With NoiseControl Obtrusive noise can be turned into very fine grain, thus preserving a higher photographic quality. Hence there are moderate default values and the "Control" part of the NoiseControl name. Nevertheless NoiseControl also allows to produce a soft look if desired.
NoiseControl is available as a Photoshop-compatible plugin for Windows. It works in dozens of Graphics applications, including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint, PhotoImpact and IrfanView among others. It supports batch processing, smart filtering and processes grayscale and RGB images with 8-bit and 16-bit/channel.
NoiseControl costs USD 50 (Academic/educational license: USD 30). A demo version can be downloaded. Standalone/Lightroom and a MacOS X versions are already under development.
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