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12-30-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Help with Adobe Elements 8

I downloaded the trial version of AE8, and I have played around a bit with some RAW images my wife and I shot recently with our new K7. One feature I was particularly interested in was noise reduction. So, we took some night time indoor shots with ISO ramped up to 3200. I applied the AE8 noise reduction and was thoroughly unimpressed. Granted I am using an Apple macbook, so the screen resolution isn't the most ideal, still after applying the noise reduction I could see no difference.

Does the noise reduction suck in AE8? Should I be using Noise Ninja instead of the Adobe plug in?

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I don't know wheteher I would say it sucks, but I HAVE found Noiseware's product --even their free Community edition www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx-- to actually work better than the noise reduction in PSE.
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QuoteOriginally posted by clmonk Quote
I don't know wheteher I would say it sucks, but I HAVE found Noiseware's product --even their free Community edition www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx-- to actually work better than the noise reduction in PSE.
+1 same experience I had. Noiseware is the goto for me.
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I have Elements 7 and PS CS4, and I am unimpressed with the noise reduction for both those Adobe products. I use Neat Image - noise reduction.

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I've always felt that the noise reduction in Adobe's Lightroom also is lacking.

I currently use Topaz Denoise.

Lightroom Ver 3 Beta is out and advertises that it provides better noise removal, but we'll see.
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+1 for neat image. Especially for removal of scan noise.
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It's not your Macbook, my Macbook Pro is the same. I'm using Topaz deNoise, and like it better than Noise Ninja.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
I have Elements 7 and PS CS4, and I am unimpressed with the noise reduction for both those Adobe products. I use Neat Image - noise reduction.
Another vote for Neat Image.

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And another vote for Noiseware. I really don't find that Adobe NR has much value at all.

The Noiseware Community Edition is free, not just a trial verson. There are also plugin and stand-alone paid editions available for trial. Even the free edition is worlds ahead of Adobe's integrated (but mostly harmless) attempt. If I were noise, I'd not see Adobe as a threat.

Between Neat Image and Noiseware, you should find something at a reasonable price - free isn't too shabby in my book! Let us know what you learn and decide!
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Thanks for the noiseware tip. I'll give the plugin a go - Free is indeed all good.
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I do not use the noise reduction in AE8, instead, like others here, I use Neatimage--nice software. BTW, there is a free version of Neatimage, which is what I use, available at their site too.
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