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Tests of Neat Image 4.0 Pro +

Tests of Neat Image Noise Reduction Software as of April 12, 2004. The current version 4.0 Pro + is compared to the noise reduction tools in Adobe Camera Raw, which is the raw converter for Adobe Photoshop CS. The latest results are remarkably close. But although Adobe's luminance and chrominance controls reduce both types of noise somewhat, they leave small, unsightly digital artifacts. For realism, all images have been sharpened using an edge sharpening technique with each image sharpened in exactly the same amounts.

Neat Image 4.0, properly tweaked, was smoother and almost noise-free. Adobe retains slightly greater apparent sharpness, but this could be a product of both the degree of noise reduction selected in each program and a perception of sharpness created by the digital artifacts themselves.

On this image, the best Neat Image results were achieved using the appropriate downloaded profile, and magnifying the image to 200% while manipulating the noise reduction controls until luminance and chrominance noise are reduced no more than necessary to remove most of the noise without causing excessive loss of detail. Don't get greedy. A little noise is needed for a realistic appearance.

Tests of earlier versions of Neat Image are shown from a year earlier. Undoubtedly my efforts were clumsier in those days, but so was Neat Image. If not properly handled, it was easy to achieve undecorous plasticity and loss of detail that greatly detracted from the images.
Neat Image 4.0 Game at High ISO 1250 No CS Noise Control.jpg
Neat Image 4.0 Game at High ISO 1250 No CS Noise Control.jpg
Adobe CS Best Lum  Chrom Control.jpg
Adobe CS Best Lum Chrom Control.jpg
Neat Image Game at High ISO 1250 No CS Noise Control 100 Crop.jpg
Neat Image Game at High ISO 1250 No CS Noise Control 100 Crop.jpg
Adobe CS Best Lum  Chrom Control 100 Crop.jpg
Adobe CS Best Lum Chrom Control 100 Crop.jpg
No Noise Reduction 100 Crop.jpg
No Noise Reduction 100 Crop.jpg
Nowitzki Shoots No Noise Filter.jpg
Nowitzki Shoots No Noise Filter.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane NI_filtered sharp.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane NI_filtered sharp.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane No Noise Filter 100 Crop.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane No Noise Filter 100 Crop.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane NI_filtered 100 Crop.jpg
Nowitzki Fires in the Lane NI_filtered 100 Crop.jpg
Jamison Goes for a Three No Noise Filter.jpg
Jamison Goes for a Three No Noise Filter.jpg
Jamison Three_NI filtered sharp.jpg
Jamison Three_NI filtered sharp.jpg
Jamison Three No Noise Filter 100% Crop.jpg
Jamison Three No Noise Filter 100% Crop.jpg
Jamison Three_NI filtered sharp 100 crop.jpg
Jamison Three_NI filtered sharp 100 crop.jpg
White Blossoms_filtered.tif
White Blossoms_filtered.tif