An Introduction to Topaz Labs – DeNoise 5


This is one of the most useful filters that Topaz makes. It works really well in eliminating noise in your phone images as well as your high ISO images. It is really an essential tool for everyone’s digital dark room.

I should perhaps point put what noise is the notion that some noise is a good thing. Noise can be compared to snow on a TV broadcast, hmm some of you likely don’t know about over the air TV, Ok how about static on the radio…umm no radio. If you don’t know what those are just Google it. Noise most often occurs in low light situations were you are using a higher ISO than is comfortable for your camera.

Grain is something that we expect to see in an image and throwing out the grain with the noise can often make an image appear fake or plastic. You’ll see what I mean right away when you use the plug-in.

This is an un-retouched snapshot from my iPhone 4. You can clearly see the noise levels in the blue sky.

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After using Topaz Labs DeNoise plugin the sky has a much more natural look with the vast majority of the noise removed. This was a 1 click fix using the Moderate Noise JPG preset.

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From Topaz

Topaz DeNoise is a Photoshop plug-in that offers the fastest and most effective way to reduce heavy ISO noise – putting unrivaled noise reduction quality at your fingertips. Whether you’re shooting in low light, fast speeds, or other noisy conditions, DeNoise gives you the peace of mind to know that you’ll always end up with a clean, clear, noise-free image.

DeNoise 5 also introduces two exciting noise reduction tools. The new dual-directional debanding technology tackles banding noise (Learn more about banding noise), while the exclusive Correct Black Level parameter is employed to restore shadow tones to their true richness and color.

Other noise reduction methods utilize a range of subtle blurring techniques that often removes detail as well as noise. Topaz DeNoise 5 is the only software of its kind that is able to recover crisp detail while simultaneously removing up to four stops of noise with the utmost quality.

  • The fastest and most effective way to remove high ISO noise.
  • Shadow tone restoration to correct image black levels.
  • Dual-directional debanding technology.
  • Removes up to four stops of noise naturally and effectively.
  • Sharpens colors and edges.
  • Double increase in processing speed.
  • Twice the maximum image size capabilities.

Here is another image that shows the noise levels before DeNoise was applied. This is an old image originally shot in jpg mode. Particularly notice the green areas in front of the bird.

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Once more, this is the image after 1 click in Topaz Labs DeNoise 5!

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Also as gesture of my thanks for you reading my stories and looking at my images and such, I’m going to give you 15% off of your purchase at Topaz labs. Well technically Topaz is giving it to you on my behalf. All you have to do is use code Jeff15 and you will save 15% on your purchase.

What are you waiting for, head on over to the download page at Topaz Labs…HERE.

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I’d love to see your work with the filters, leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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