Nik Software Dfine 2.0 Brings Noise Reduction to Photoshop

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Nik Software Dfine 2.0

Of course there’s a noise reduction filter in Photoshop (Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise) but if that’s not enough, there’s always Nik Software’s Dfine 2.0.

The $100 plug-in boasts a U Point technology where the user simply points to an area of the image for selective editing. It also offers a completely new user interface that should be easier to use and should improve workflow for busy photographers.

Dfine 2.0 noise reduction can be applied globally or selectively using various controls: Control Points powered by U Point technology, Target Colors and Selective Tool.

With U Point control the user can place Control Points on an image and selectively adjust the amount of contrast (luminance) and color (chrominance) noise reduction.

With Target Colors, photographers can reduce noise based on a range of colors using an eyedropper tool to select colors. This method is ideal for batch processing a series of images.

The Selective Tool uses brushes to apply noise reduction selectively. For added control and fine detail adjustments, Dfine also supports pressure sensitive features optimized for Wacom Pen Tablets.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.