Topaz Labs DeNoise AI

mikekeck

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Anyone using Topaz Labs DeNoise AI? I am playing with it for the first time and I am very impressed. I have always just used Lightroom to denoise. I think AlanF has commented that Lightroom is not very good for denoising, but I did not realize how bad it was until I tried Topaz. Just using "auto" I am getting less noise and better details than I ever got before.
 
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Mt Spokane Photography

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I've tried them all many times over the years, Lightroom does need extra work but the results end up looking the same to me. I sometimes use the brush to select areas to remove noise if its critical, usually, its not.

For someone who is able to perceive a difference, go for the one that works best for you.
 

Durf

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Anyone using Topaz Labs DeNoise AI? I am playing with it for the first time and I am very impressed. I have always just used Lightroom to denoise. I think AlanF has commented that Lightroom is not very good for denoising, but I did not realize how bad it was until I tried Topaz. Just using "auto" I am getting less noise and better details than I ever got before.

I use DeNoise when I have some really high ISO shots and love it. I've saved several really noisy images that just a couple years ago I would of deleted for being too noisy.
AI Clear works fine too, which I normally use, but when they are really noisy I use DeNoise AI.
I haven't used Adobe for 3 years now so not sure how much they've improved since then when it comes to noise reduction.
 
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I use Topaz Denoise AI which does much better job than Lightroom on high ISO pictures in general. I was used to use the NIK collection denoise that was a little better than Lightroom. But the Denoise AI is better than both and the default setting does usually a pretty good job. I can find some pre and post samples with Denoise AI and post them here, if needed.
 
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Keith_Reeder

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Plug-in noise solutions are completely unnecessary, if you just break your dependence on LightRoom - there are a number of Raw converters out there that kick Lr's arse for noise handling.
 
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Bert63

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DxO PL3 does a fantastic job, better than Lightroom IMO, and isn't a subscription model.

That said - I've used Topaz on random JPGs before and agree it does a nice job.
 
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PBguy

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I haven't used Topaz Labs DeNoise AI yet but a friend that shoots deep sky astro shots just posted a comparison image, with it and without, and the difference is incredible. I plan to test it on some Milky Way shots.
 

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Anyone using Topaz Labs DeNoise AI? I am playing with it for the first time and I am very impressed. I have always just used Lightroom to denoise. I think AlanF has commented that Lightroom is not very good for denoising, but I did not realize how bad it was until I tried Topaz. Just using "auto" I am getting less noise and better details than I ever got before.
I use it very often for wildlife photographs. I find that lightroom deals with colour noise better, so my workflow usually is:
Do all my adjustments in LR except texture, clarity, luminance, sharpen, and add colour noise reduction until chroma noise removed
Open image in PS and duplicate layer
Apply Topaz denoise to duplicated layer (I find Low Light and Severe Noise to work best for what I do)
If I notice some weird artefacts on the processed image (sometimes happen with Topaz which tries to add texture to some areas), I mask those out with a layer mask
Flatten the image and save it
This will create a new TIF file in LR
Do my sharpening, texture and clarity adjustments on that file and Bob's your uncle
 

JPAZ

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I use it very often for wildlife photographs. I find that lightroom deals with colour noise better, so my workflow usually is:
Do all my adjustments in LR except texture, clarity, luminance, sharpen, and add colour noise reduction until chroma noise removed
Open image in PS and duplicate layer
Apply Topaz denoise to duplicated layer (I find Low Light and Severe Noise to work best for what I do)
If I notice some weird artefacts on the processed image (sometimes happen with Topaz which tries to add texture to some areas), I mask those out with a layer mask
Flatten the image and save it
This will create a new TIF file in LR
Do my sharpening, texture and clarity adjustments on that file and Bob's your uncle
This is a lot like my workflow. Mostly use LR. Then, when needed, send to PS, duplicate layer, then select and mask and send (as filter) in PS to Topaz. After getting what I want in Topaz AI denoise, applying change saves it back to the PS layer. A few tweeks (if needed) and save brings me back to LR as a TIFF. That way I have my original RAW, my LR rendering, and a final product.