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Tonight I tried the sharpening program. A small sample, but I am impressed so far. I bought Franzis Project package – primarily to test out the focus stacking.
First session with Franzis sharpening
Add Comment Even though the noise reduction capabilities of cameras has improved greatly over the last few years, there are still occasions where noise does spoil your shots. When this happens, you can save your images by opening them up in editing software that’s specifically designed to remove noise.
The software can remove 7 forms of image noise, including luminance noise and colour noise, and in the recent version, the Smart Pattern Matching noise technology the software uses has been redeveloped to improve results.
Both versions work as plug-ins with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom which is a unique selling point for FRANZIS as other software creators have made this a perk for those who purchase their ‘premium’ level. The software’s also compatible with both Windows and Mac, too we’re testing the Windows version. The download and installation process is simple to follow and the software’s quickly installed within a matter of minutes.
When you open the software up, you’re greeted with a blank work area that has various options available in a toolbar for loading images. There are even sample photos available should you wish to put the software to the test but don’t have any noisy images to hand. When you do load a photo the noise processing begins automatically and it’s surprisingly quick, even for larger sized files. Once loaded, you’re presented with the automated noise suppression options to the left and options for further enhancing these to the right including options for restricting the denoise calculation to a specific area.
It’s a really useful tool for making quick checks with up close. In fact, the software seemed to pick the best preset for removing noise almost every time we ran a noisy image through it. Although on occasion, noise was still clearly visible and as a result, we had to choose a different preset. When flicking through the presets, it can take a while for certain ones to load but as the software’s doing a lot of processing, this is to be expected.
Don’t let the numbers confuse you on the presets as they’re simply there as guides and don’t have to be used on images that have that specific ISO number. It’s also worth remembering that the lower the number is on the preset, the less noise reduction will be applied. The Analysis number in the right-hand column is a nifty figure FRANZIS has included as it tells you how much of your image was made up of noise before and then what percentage of the image includes noise after the preset has been applied.
To compare the changes the present has made with the original image, you can hover your cursor over the image and right-click. In the right-hand column is where you’ll also find the three different degrees of intensity that are available with this automatic process. The balance option will be automatically applied after loading the image but if you want an image with a softer or grainier noise removal result, you can adjust the automatic preset with one click on the ‘soft’ or ‘grainy’ button as well as clicking the presets in the left column.
The colour denosining space is a useful tool as you can choose a specific tone to remove noise from, with reduced loss to other colours. Also, you can save valuable time by restricting areas in the manual noise removal setting. The smaller the noise reduction area, the faster the calculation then once you are satisfied with the results, reactivate the denoising for the entire image.
Do remember that making adjustments can lead to a loss in detail and softness appearing in your shot and this is very much apparent in the higher noise suppression presets.
However, overall, the software does a good job at removing noise from shots and preserving detail so long as you stick to the more subtle presets. As well as noise correction, there’s a button that opens up a window for removing scratches and sensor spots that’s really easy to use and does a good job.
There’s also a RAW editor you can make image adjustments in. In fact, all of the tools listed are used by the software to assemble the presets. If you have an effect that you would like to have at a different position in the order of edits, simply use the mouse to pick it up and slide it to the desired place.
The result will be automatically refreshed. There’s also a tool that’s similar to working with Masks in Photoshop called ‘Selective Editing’. Selective areas can be either positive green or negative red.
A positive area allows you to specify an area of the effect layer to be modified while the rest of the image remains unaffected while a negative area does the opposite. These can be applied to individual effect layers and they give you the chance to alter the curvature, sharpness and strength of a specific effect. The effect shows a high intensity in bright areas and a lesser intensity in darker areas. All of the extra manual tools are great for those who require more control over the edits and for those who already know quite a bit about noise reduction but for those just starting out, it can all seem a little too complicated and can take some time to get your head around.
However, the presets offer a quick and easy way for those just wanting a quick, easy fix without the process getting too complicated. One problem with the manual edits is that every little change you make has to be processed and applied there are no live edits which can be rather time-consuming especially as you can’t do anything else in the software while the process is running.
So if you do want to make some manual adjustments, patience better be one of your character traits. In comparison to what’s on offer from Macphun and Topaz, all three pieces of software do perform well.
Although, Topaz handled the night shot of London better so it seems they all have their plus and minus points. Original image, Right:
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Add Comment Even though the noise reduction capabilities of cameras has improved greatly over the last few years, there are still occasions where noise does spoil your shots. When this happens, you can save your images by opening them up in editing software that’s specifically designed to remove noise. The software can remove 7 forms of image noise, including luminance noise and colour noise, and in the recent version, the Smart Pattern Matching noise technology the software uses has been redeveloped to improve results. Both versions work as plug-ins with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom which is a unique selling point for FRANZIS as other software creators have made this a perk for those who purchase their ‘premium’ level. The software’s also compatible with both Windows and Mac, too we’re testing the Windows version.
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