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04/16/2006 07:33:38 AM · #1
NI is nice, but I like Noise Ninja better, the user interface is much more user friendly in Noise Ninja...

but they both do their job equally good....
04/16/2006 07:27:33 AM · #2
Originally posted by kenskid:

I have been tinkering with the free version for a few hours and wonder if I should upgrade.

Overall...how do you rate neat image over the photoshop noise reduction.

NI does a better job at removing digital artifacts than PS CS2's new "Noise Reduction" feature. It does a world better than any other PS feature. NI removes more artifacts from areas of smooth tonal variation, such as sky and clouds, than PS but fewer from everywhere else. That is exactly what you want. PS CS2's color noise reduction, however, seems to be a little better than NI's. I sometomes use them in conjunction with each other for noise reduction taking advantage of best features.

If you want to purchase NI I'd recommend either the Home+ or Pro+ versions. I own the Pro+ version.

The main reasons to buy NI are:
1-The plus (Home+ and Pro+) versions come with a plugin that works seemlessly within PS like any other PS filter. That alone is worth the price. The plus (Home+ or Pro+) versions are HIGHLY recommended.

2-The purchased version supports all file types for output. That makes a HUGE difference if you work with .tiff or .psd post processing master files.

3-The purchased version preserves EXIF and Metadata and the free version does not.

4-The "pro" versions support 48-bit RGB and 16-bit greyscale. The others only 24/8-bit. That is important for high quality image processing in newer versions of photo editors.

5-"Pro+" is supported within PS actions. That means you can create a stored action that calls and uses NeatImage for those folks into that sort of thing.

Over the free version, the purchased versions do other nice little things like support batch processing and drag and drop in MS Windows.
04/16/2006 04:07:45 AM · #3
NI is great but just watch out how much you apply. :) and I use the full version. the freebie is great for 640x480 but not for large prints.

Message edited by author 2006-04-16 04:08:13.
04/16/2006 03:59:46 AM · #4
Depends on what you like out of your images. I almost never use it on moderately/heavily noisy images, because I'd rather have a grainy image with detail rather than the soft, odd looking images you get with noise reduction software (I use Noise Ninja). On the other hand, I'm sure some people would rather have that than any noise at all, so to each their own. I think NR software is to slightly improve on an image; it's not a miracle worker.
04/15/2006 05:03:57 AM · #5
Dang, I just use the free version, which is good. The big key is taking the time to learn to use all the controls and what the different channels.

I am sure that the full version is great since the free one does everything I need:)
04/15/2006 12:55:15 AM · #6
Oh ok YES! But get the full version. I am going to get NN as well. software, Like lenses, I can never have enough of. :-)
04/15/2006 12:48:30 AM · #7
YES!
04/15/2006 12:45:41 AM · #8
Yes!
04/15/2006 12:37:00 AM · #9
Neat image definately worth the $$$ in my opinion and experience.

Doug
04/15/2006 12:31:43 AM · #10
NoiseNinja seems to also been recommended a bunch of times. I can't get the right effect from the freebie version of NeatImage so I have not used it in a long while.
04/14/2006 10:43:03 PM · #11
Hello,

I have been tinkering with the free version for a few hours and wonder if I should upgrade.

Overall...how do you rate neat image over the photoshop noise reduction.

Thanks,

KS
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