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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:36 pm 
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http://www.colormancer.ca/free/download ... wnload.htm

Just saw this on dyxum. I'm at work so haven't had a chance to download and try them myself, but posting here to serve as a reminder for later :)

Of particular interest to me are the noise reduction plug in and a highlight recovery plugin. I will compare the NR to neat image which I've already purchased, and the highlight recovery can be compared vs the built in photoshop function.

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Only had a very quick play with the Freeware Boundry Noise Reduction plugin, which I will call FBNR for short. It downloads as a zip file with the plugin (32 and 64 bit versions) which you have to manually put in the plugin directory of photoshop or other software that understands the same format.

The screen you get is very basic. You get an overview of the image, and a close up before and after.

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Very simple to use. Defaults seem to work reasonably enough, and the few sliders can basically tune the result. If you hit the advanced button, you get all the options of the full version but the output then is watermarked as a demo. If you stick with the basic mode, the image is not watermarked.

The strength of the NR applied by default seems to lie roughly between Neat Image remove half noise and remove all noise. FBNR seems to remove more chroma noise in high detail areas than NI, but even turning up the strength, smooth areas don't go as smoother as NI. I guess that is the tradeoff for trying to keep more detail means less noise is removed.

This has only been a quick play, and I do need to try it on more image types. But even now, particularly if you're not already using a commercial noise reduction plugin, this is definitely worth trying.

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Very neat looking plugin. If only I'd have known about it before I bought neat image ;)

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Paid for Neat Image definitely has more power. This however gives some nice improvements and you can't complain about the price, but if you want more power you still need to go commercial.

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The feature of paid for Neat Image that I regularly use is the batch processing. That one is just awesome sauce.

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