dealing with grainy images

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Shawn Hirn, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Shawn Hirn

    Shawn Hirn Guest

    Last weekend, I shot a few photos with my Canon Digital Rebel at a
    friend's wedding. The photos were shot in camera raw format. After
    adjusting the images in Photoshop CS to improve contrast and brighten
    them up a bit, I am very happy with the composition and clarity of my
    photos, but a few of them are very grainy. Does anyone know how I can
    reduce the grain in my images, either in Photoshop or with a plug-in? I
    want to print some of these images and have them framed in order to give
    them to the married couple as a gift.
    Shawn Hirn, Jul 16, 2005
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  2. SNIP
    In print the grain may be less visible than on screen, else use a
    noise/grain reduction program like "Neat Image" (also available as a

    Bart van der Wolf, Jul 16, 2005
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    johnboy Guest

    Please. :) It's not grain. It is noise. Only film has grain.
    johnboy, Jul 16, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Does anyone know how I can
    Another vote for "Neat Image" ....
    Bill Hilton, Jul 16, 2005
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    jim evans Guest

    jim evans, Jul 17, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Jim Evans writes ...
    There are at least 3 or 4 programs like this that supposedly do a nice
    job. I think most of them have free download trial versions so
    probably the best option is to download several and wring them out,
    then pick the one that seems most intuitive and cost effective to you.
    I have Neat Image and rarely need to use it since I shoot fine-grained
    slide film (iso 50-100) for scans and my digital cameras have very low
    noise below ISO 400, but when I've pushed the film or when I had to
    shoot ISO 800 or higher with the digital bodies then I call up NI and
    go to work. So for my extremely modest needs Neat Image, which is
    pretty cheap, fit perfectly. You might easily prefer a different
    program for any number of reasons ... I've heard good things about
    Noise Ninja and Grain Surgery, for example.

    Bill Hilton, Jul 17, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    I use Noise Ninja and am very happy with it. Reviews that I've read rate
    it very close to Neat Image. It's probably 6 one way and half a dozen
    the other. Choose by user interface that you like rather than results.

    Clyde, Jul 18, 2005
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    Sean Guest

    Another trick for reducing grain/noise is to simply print on matte
    rather than glossy paper.

    Otherwise, there are the usual suspects already noted. A centralized
    review can be found at:

    And you already have had the best advice, download the demos and see
    what works best for you.



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    Sean, Jul 18, 2005
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    Hunt Guest

    I too vote for NI. Even from a p&s CP5700 at ISO 800, it does an acceptable
    job. I've also used it for scanned 4x5 T-64 (6118, pushed +1/2 f) that went to
    a 9' poster. NI made it look like Kodachrome 25.

    While I've not tried Noise Ninja, or any other noise programs, all seem to
    work well, based on the responses on the Usenet. As others have said, grab a
    few, play with them, and see which one suits you best. I think you will like
    the results of each.

    Hunt, Jul 18, 2005
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