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Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:40 am

I use a Sony DSC-S70..

Is there a neat image noise profile for my camera?
Would you recommend I use neat image for my camera?

I just downloaded neat image and I'm trying to understand how I can best utilize the program.
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RE: Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:23 pm

All the NeatImage profiles are listed here:

If you dont use a profile you do have to kind of play around with the settings to see what looks best. NI is very powerful so it can take away valuable details from the image if you are not careful.

NeatImage has a forum on their site, maybe if there is no profile listed you can ask on that forum and someone can upload or make one.

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RE: Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:38 pm

I have a problem with mine, it seems to compress the file after I have got rid of the noise.

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RE: Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:35 pm

Yes. But do you mean you can SEE the effect on the quality? I do not - but i definitely know that NeatImage reduced (big time) the file size. A file that would be over 1mb if saved in the highest quality normally can be as much as half that size after doing the neat image.

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RE: Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:42 pm

The filesize reduction is I think a reasonable expectation... let's see if I can analogise this...

Consider that a grainy image has millions and millions of individual pixels each with their own colour value... it's grainy after all!

When you run it through Neat-Image you are removing the grain and making the image colours "Smoother", so the number of individually coloured pixels is down and therefore more amenable to JPEG compression.

Hehehe! I'm sure someone far more verbose will have a better explanation for you guys very shortly!


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RE: Neat Image Question

Wed Mar 31, 2004 8:20 pm

I've found the best "trick" with NeatImage is to select a box in the sky of your photo, just big enough to be able to analyze high/med/low freqs. (but NOT very low freqs) - and then analyze it. Then on the next tab, use a "Y" value of between 40-60%, and have the very-low freq. box checked off. Usually does the job everytime without making the shot look like a fake painting.


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