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Old 11-08-2004, 09:40 PM
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Remaining Noise

Hello everyone...

Ive been working on this pic for a while. I think Ive gotten quite a bit of noise cleared up, but Im still not satisfied with it overall. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to continue with this photo. I used Neat Image earlier and dont want to blur it too much more, at least thats what seems to happen if I use it at this point.

Thanks for any input...

Cedwar
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:26 AM
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Quite often when I need to do selective noise reduction I use Noise Ninja. I allows you to go back and repaint back in noise to areas you don't want blurred any further. These areas can then be gone over with a very fine smoothing brush to reduce some of the artifacts.

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Old 11-09-2004, 02:09 AM
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Hi Cedwar, had a go with your image, and managed to reduce the noise by doing the following.

Duplicate Image to new layer.
Apply Median Filter to new layer, Radius 1
Apply Gaussian Blur, Radius 0.2
Apply Unsharp Mask Radius 0.6, Amount 150, Threshold 0.

Apply layer mask, and brush out areas you're not happy with, using soft black brush.

Have attatched an image, but because of file size constraints, have had to reduce its size and compress it, so it may not show the improvement in noise so well.
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Old 11-09-2004, 11:26 AM
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Here I tried on part of the image with Image Doctor Pro by Alien Skin software demo. with more work it would probably turnout quite nice.

One thing I've noticed is that you have to apply the spot lifter to very small patches at a time to keep the tonality correct.
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:39 PM
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Hi,

I also had a go at your picture .... Surely not what you had in mind, because the end result is more blurred than yours .... but here is what I did:
  • Gaussian Blur (Radius 0.6/0.8) on the whole picture.
  • Blur Tool on 'skin' with addition of very little noise (Uniform, Monochromatic, Amount 0.7)
  • Overlay empty Layer where, with a fuzzy White/Black Brush (Opacity 10-15%) I painted over parts of faces and arms to minimize dark spots and/or emphasize flat features.
  • Merged Visible.
  • USM to very lightly sharpen the picture.
  • Duplicated the sharpened Layer and created a Layer Mask (Hide All).
  • Working on the underlying sharpened Layer, I used the Gaussian Blur to blur the whole picture.
  • Working on the Layer Mask of the top sharpened Layer, using a soft white brush, I painted over the couple to reveal the sharper version against the blurred background.
  • Merged Visible.
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Old 11-13-2004, 11:17 AM
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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all of your efforts on adding a final touch to this pic. Its interesting to see different techniques.

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Old 11-13-2004, 04:23 PM
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This was done with a couple of applications of PS:Noise: Despeckle and then a High Pass Filter set at 10 then faded back 50% in Soft Light mode.

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