Sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2032 posts, RR: 34 Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3241 times:
I've been looking at some old scanned pictures I've processed with neatimage recently, and have observed this effect it can give in photographs, which I must admit is quite distinctive once you notice it. Bright highlights become 'smoky', as if applied with an airbrush, and surfaces can get this strange, almost 'plastic' look. It almost appears (in some cases) if the image is halfway between a photograph and a painting/rendering.
I'm sorry if this sounds vague, but I'm struggling to articulate what it is - I'm sure people here know what I'm getting at - what's it commonly referred to as?
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Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
I think the term you're looking for is "smoothing". Basically what is happening is Neatimage is failing to distinguish between noise and actual detail, and removing too much. Noise removal tools need to be applied with extreme care, and ideally in the case of Neatimage, profiled to the camera, if not the individual picture - ie. you need to teach Neatimage the difference between noise and photographic detail.