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Noise Reduction Techniques in Camera Raw

By Matt Kloskowski  ·  March 13th, 2013

Shooting at a high ISO can be convenient and a necessary evil depending on your situation. However, once those images shot at 1600 ISO are loaded on the computer, the noise becomes almost overwhelming. Matt walks you through the wonders of Camera Raw’s amazing Noise Reduction panel to help you polish off your photos!


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19 Replies to Noise Reduction Techniques in Camera Raw:

  1. Shirley

    March 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    What a great tip. Thanks Matt.

    • Lawrence

      March 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Matt: You are right Matt, Photoshop Elements 11 Does a great job of removing
      color noise at ISO 800 as well as luminance. 8.5×11 prints show no noise.
      Thanks again for the video.

  2. Lana

    March 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I really miss having cheat sheets with these videos.

    • Tony

      March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

      me, too!
      I’d prefer to have a written out tutorial.
      Thanks in advance.

  3. Henry

    March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Very helpful.
    Does the mov have sound?

  4. Lanis B

    March 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    What about Color Detail? Does that resaturate areas?

  5. JoAnn

    March 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I hope I can do this in Elements 10. I shoot in raw all the time. Please bring back the cheat cheats also. It really helps.

    Thanks You

  6. JWC

    March 15, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Thanks Matt! Just yesterday I was trying to figure out how to use the noise reduction panel. Very helpful and exactly when I needed it!

    Regards, Wilma

  7. Steve

    March 15, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This is a big help, Matt. Thanks.
    Can you do a cheatsheet? They also are helpful.

  8. Bruce

    March 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks, Matt- VERY useful.
    Yes, I support the need for a cheatsheet!
    Please note on the screen description for this video that it applies to PSE 11 (and above!!??). It would also be great to have a similar “how to …” video for earlier versions of PSE, as not everyone buys the latest version!
    Perhaps someone needs to check out why the software developers added that Luminance slider that Matt can’t find a use for! :<)

  9. Doris

    March 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    RAW, RAW, RAW. Thanks for the tips.

  10. Mike

    March 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks Matt, another useful practical tutorial. I was thinking my Sony was the problem; now I need to look at Noise Reduction.

  11. Bruce

    March 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I really like the recent tutorials for using CRAW. These surely will save money in the future as I re-think the plug-in I buy for PSE. Three cheers for Matt and Camera RAW!

  12. Robert

    March 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Break down and buy Elements 11. This was really worth the cost. Thanks Matt!

  13. Linda

    April 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I am very disappointed that there are no cheatsheets with the latest tutorial videos. If it comes down to one or the other I’d rather have the written tutorial…

  14. Chris

    June 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    A good basic intro to noise reduction in ACR as far as it goes, but I think that to be effective, a Raw workflow should attempt to optimize sharpness and noise reduction together. I have found use of the Masking slider can itself give the impression of reducing noise because an appropriate degree of masking in areas where sharp detail is not needed will enable us to avoid sharpening noise.

  15. Norman

    August 13, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I have a project where I want to photograph a very very old map in RAW so that I can have it printed out 3 x 2 metres.
    The map is , or was in B & W , but the paper has discoloured with age,
    As I have never used RAW before I wonder if some kind soul could help me along the right track.

  16. William

    January 1, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Is there a way to convert a jpg to CRAW so I can use this tool on photos that were not shot in RAW? Or, conversely, is there a tool that will have these adjustments for the jpg?

  17. Robert

    January 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    William, you can open a jpeg file in Elements 11 by clicking on File, Open As, click on your jpeg image, in the Open As menu choose Camera Raw. In Elements 12 its even easier…Click on File, Open in Camera Raw, select any format image.

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