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Topaz DeNoise - review

Noise is a random and unwanted problém caused by the sensor (determined by your ISO settings) in digital cameras.  Noise can also appear as unevenness in color, random pixels of color or as a variation in brightness within your image. The presence of noise creates a visually unpleasant image with reduced image detail and clarity. Noise will also create an inconsistency in darker ares of the image such as blacks or shadows, leaving these areas looking grainy and often with random color specks Noise can be a result of a number of things including: a very sensitive sensor,   Low light combined with a high ISO.
There are two generál types of noise that we will see in ouer digital images:
1. Luminance Noise is the black and white noise orgrain” in an image.
2. Chrominance is the pastel-colored, speckled noise often seen in mid-tone or shadow areas. Generally, iťs always best to use the lowest ISO setting possible. However, a higher ISO enables:
1. Faster shutter speeds to freeze motion - ideál for indoor sports photography
2. Better performance in low light
3. Reduce image blurwhen shootinghand held
There are a variety of noise reduction tools available for eliminating image noise. However all tools come with the unwanted side effect of detail loss, which affects the overall quality of our image. Another common side effect is image blurring as a result of lost detail. These side effects lower the quality and value of your image.
Topaz DeNoise, uses the advanced algorithm to preserve detail.
Topaz DeNoise (http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise ) is an advanced noise detection and removal program that reduces noise while retaining an restoring image detail offering unprecedented control over the clarity of your photos Topaz DeNoise specializes in reducing digital image noise, while preserving detail and increasing image sharpness. The primary functions of Topaz DeNoise are:
1. Remove image noise
2. Retain and restore important image details previ- ously obscured by noise.
3. Sharpen edges and color edges.
4. Smooth color unevenness.
5. Eliminate horizontál and vertical banding lineš
6. Correct image black levels to restore true color in black and shadow areas.
7. Rescue underexposed images by removing the ex- cessive noise that accompanies all brightening expo sure adjustments.
8. Rescue low-light, high ISO images
9. Help users create high-quality JPEG images
The new Correct Black Level parameter in DeNoise 5 allows to clean up this hazy color cast and restore the true richness of blacks and shadows in digital im- ages. This unique color correction tool allows users to retain and restore balanced, contrasted color within images.
Topaz DeNoise makes noise remover quicker than its ever been. There are two main phases to noise reduction with DeNoise.  Phase 1: Noise Reduction and phase 2: Detail Recovery. Setting the appropriate slidervalues in both of these phases is the key to achieving optimal image results. Two optional steps include banding removal and black level color correction.
Topaz DeNoise 5.0 features
1. Speed Increase. Now you can process images twice as fast.
2. Double the image size. Process images twice as large.
3. Debanding Tab. Horizontál and vertical banding noise is eliminated with the new dual-directional
Debanding feature
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4. Correct Black Levels slider in the Noise Reduction Tab. Helps reduce haze (caused by noise) and reveal the true richness in the darkest parts of an image.

Topaz DeNoise interface may look intimidating at first glance, but don't worry,  it's quite simple and easy to use. You willl soon be a pro after experimenting with it for a bit.
Presets are a great way to speed up and simplify the whole process of using Topaz DeNoise. Presets are set previews with previously defined settings that you can recall and reapply at any time. Some of default presets are included in the Topaz DeNoise. They serve as  starting points for customized tweaking. Applying a default přeset is easy and intuitive. To get the exact results you want, you may still want to go through the tabs and tweak the parameters. User  will need to select a Relative or Absolute Přeset Type. A Relative přeset setting is generally ušed for broader types of image noise that require less precision. An Absolute přeset setting is ideál for specific camera and ISO settings.
User will use the various tools in the tools panel  during your workflow to make image adjustments.
1. Preview Navigátor - Displays the region of the preview image you are currently focused on.
2. Zoom Buttons - Use the zoom buttons to zoom in and out of your image.
3. Preview Display Modes - View image noise based on the color channel that it is in.
4. Auto Brightness - add temporary brightness to your image to help you identity and remove noise.
5. Undo and Redo buttons - reverse and reapply image settings.
6. Snap & Recall buttons - savé up to 99 snap shot settings tor comparison.
7. Sliders and Parameters - Controls the editing pro- cess using sliders to adjust the various effects.
8. Reset All Buttons - Use the “Reset Allbutton to reset all of the sliders values back to zero.
Topaz DeNoise has three settings tabs and a total of 10 parameters, plus 5 display modes, to help you achieve optimal image results.
The Noise Reduction tab includes parameters that are related to noise removal. These tools are the main ones that you will use, and they will resolve most of your image noise issues. This is also where you will start when making any adjustments in DeNoise. All of the subsequent sliders are relative to the Overall Strength slider. Overal Strenght Slider is the main noise removal tool that reduces overall image noise that affects the imae. IT is the only feature  you will need to use when editing images that háve noise issues.
Another parameters are:  Adjust Shadow, Adjust Highlight, Adjust ColorRed, Adjust ColorBlue, Clean Color, Correct Black Levels
DeNoise ofFers 6 different Preview Display Modes that you can use to help with noise removal and detail recovery while usingTopaz DeNoise.  Detail recovery brings originál details back into the image. Reduce Blur parameter is an intelligent de-blurring function that is useful for correcting blurry or soft edges after removing noise.  Add Grain adds fine monochromatic grain to the image for a lightly textured and natural look. The debanding tab allows to remove horizontál and / or vertical banding from your image.

Topaz DeNoise brings very good documentation, including on-line and printatble PDF User Guide. 
The User Guide includes 3 Example projects.  The Gallery and the Forum are valuable source of experience for amatér users.  
Using great noise reduction is like upgrading your lens. One big reason is that the higher-quality lens lets in more light. When available light is an issue, using a better lens often lets us take photos that we otherwise wouldn't be able to get. It's the same way with noise reduction. Most noise reduction tools try to do dozens of different things. Topaz DeNoise focuses on doing just one thing well: removing noise while keeping detail. If you've used cheape noise reduction tool before, in many cases you'll be surprised by the image quality you get with DeNoise.
More information : http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise and All-in-One Slideshow-review, which will be publisher soon - with the link from this webog.