hiding film grain?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by fg, Dec 6, 2003.

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    fg Guest

    when the film grain is objectionable, are there filters or plug-ins that are
    really good at smoothing it?
    I have looked at the 'remove grain' component of GrainSurgery v.1, and it
    isn't too good.
    It is not a bad scan but the original slide film was too fast/grainy
     
    fg, Dec 6, 2003
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    jjs Guest

    Tough s*t. Grain isn't a bad thing with a good picture. Now if you want, I
    do have a rather spendy plug-in, "Silk Purse from Sow's Ear".
     
    jjs, Dec 6, 2003
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    jjs is having one of his grumpy spells.

    The best way to reduce grain is to use a scanner with Digital GEM.
    The second best way that I know of is Neat Image:
    http://www.neatimage.com/
     
    Warren Sarle, Dec 6, 2003
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    fg Guest

    thanks Warren - I'll look into your suggestions.
    (that other poster has some attitude huh, i wonder if his images can back up
    his judgemental outbursts - unlikely)
     
    fg, Dec 6, 2003
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  5. Grain is also digital 'noise' which you can reduce with standard PS plugins
    under 'noise'.
    MR
     
    Milo Rambaldi, Dec 7, 2003
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    jjs Guest

    What you are speaking of is probably grain-aliasing, but we won't quibble.

    He might try copying the image a new layer, drag the new layer below the
    original, then apply a modest (try 3 pixel) median to the new layer, then
    set the mode of the original layer (above the medianed) to 'screen'. Works
    pretty well for very 'grainy' images which have fairly good detail.
     
    jjs, Dec 7, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    NeatImage is really cool and does a great job. You do have to create
    profiles for your devices so that it knows what is picture and what is
    grain/noise, but once that is done it does and incredible job.

    As JJS pointed out in a not so polite way some grain is good and helps to
    make the image look...well better and more real. If you use NeatImage to
    remove all of it the image can look fake so leave some.

    Robert
     
    Guest, Dec 7, 2003
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  8. Digital GEM is what I use . It used to be made by Applied Science
    Fiction but they have now been bought out by Kodak. I have been plagued
    with grain from my Polaroid SS4000 even with Fuji Provia 100 but GEM can
    be set to smooth out the grain whilst not loosing too much detail. You
    can download a trial version from their site.

    Tony Robinson.
     
    Tony Robinson, Dec 9, 2003
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    Norman Black Guest

    The best way to reduce grain is to use a scanner with Digital GEM.

    GEM is a pure software operation and you can now buy a GEM plugin
    directly from Asf (applied science fiction)

    Norman
     
    Norman Black, Dec 11, 2003
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    Norman Black Guest

    You can try Digital GEM from Applied science fiction.
    I like using Fred Miranda's ISOx plugin.
    NeatImage is also very good.

    Norman
     
    Norman Black, Dec 11, 2003
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