smoothing over film grain ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' 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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    Dr. J. Smith Guest

    Do a search for SGBNR (stands for Selective Gaussian Blur Noise Reduction).
    Saw it at the Pleiades Astrophoto site. Never had a need for it myself but
    saved the page just in case I got some spare time to check it out. The links
    and original address didn't save. It's a non-commercial number that might
    need some tweaking.

    "The advanced implementation of the SGBNR technique makes this program a
    powerful tool to reduce noise in digital astrophotographic images, including
    film grain in scanned conventional astrophotos as well as background noise
    in CCD images. When adequately applied to a variety of astronomical imaging
    works, we have consistently achieved excellent results with this program..."

    Dr. J. Smith, Dec 7, 2003
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    Andy Guest

    Do a Google search for a plug in called Eye Fidelity tools. [EFT]
    Its awesome at that and many other methods of smoothing grain and cleaning
    up your pics.
    Andy, Dec 7, 2003
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    John Hawkins Guest

    Here's a comprehensive review of various softwares/actions. I
    tried the Noise Ninja demo with good results but everyone has a
    different eye of course.
    John Hawkins, Dec 7, 2003
  5. Try Neat Image. There is a free version and it works very well.

    Dennis Petito, Dec 7, 2003
  6. Also try Clear Skin FX and DC Enhancer, both free and both small, both from

    I did some tests yesterday on CSFX, DCE, and SGBNR. I'd like to tell you
    that one is better than the other, but not so. They do produce different
    results, however.

    To clean up a really rough photo of a woman's face I used SGBNR (the subject
    of my tests), then sharpened the resulting TIFF (SGBNR's only output) in
    Photoshop, then sent the result to PhotoPro 2.0 to remove the major skin
    imperfections (much easier and more intuitive than Photoshop), and then sent
    the result to Clean Skin FX to get rid of the remaining larger pores, pits,
    etc. Final output: a clean, sharp, somewhat plastic-looking JPG.

    Walter Donavan, Dec 10, 2003
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