updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed August 17, 2011
Offers extensive options for denoising
The Plugin Site has debuted the Mac OS X version of its NoiseControl plug-in for use with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Going beyond the normal levels of noise reduction or blending, NoiseControl offers fine control over denoising parameters in shadows, midtones and highlights as well as nine color areas of an image. It features four modes of denoising, a split-view for easy comparisons, and a sophisticated sharpening technique that doesn't amplify noise.
The Auto Sample feature automatically tries to find a uniform image area without details (like the sky), or users can choose the Auto Preset feature that detects camera model and ISO values from the EXIF data and denoises accordingly. Fully manual and visual modes for selecting sample areas or fine-tuning noise in certain parts of an image (and the ability to view luminance and color channel data) are also available.
Users can select areas to manually denoise with sliders or an eyedropper tool, and zoom in to an image up to 3,200 percent. NoiseControl supports multi-core CPUs and auto-detects L2/L3 cache for faster rendering as well. It supports batch processing, grayscale and RGB images using 8-bit and 16-bit per channel.
The NoiseControl plug-in is available for Windows (Windows 98 or higher) and Mac (works with both PowerPC and Intel-based machines). It requires Photoshop CS2 or higher (or Photoshop Elements 6 or higher) and will work in 64-bit mode with CS5 and higher. The plug-in is also known to work with Computerinsel's Photoline (v16.50 or later), Adobe Illustrator (CS2 and later) and Adobe Fireworks (CS3 or later).
Other programs that accept Photoshop plug-ins may also be compatible. A demo version is available from the company's website.