3 Great Ways to Reduce Noise/Grain in Photoshop

This video tutorial by portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) takes a look at at 3 ways of reducing noise in Photoshop.

Reducing noise is not a problem – you can easily remove all the noise from almost any image – the question really is how you can reduce noise but still maintain the details in your image which is what Dodson is trying in this video.

The first technique uses the smart sharpen tool to Reduce Noise (it has a reduce noise slider which you can use). This is nice but not the best technique in the world.

The second option is using the reduce noise filter – but not just simply using it (which is pretty bad) but by rasterizing the layer and duplicating the layer  and using the noise filter. This still reduce the detail level of the image. What we can do is blend if slider to only effect certain colors which are more effected.

Finally, the best method is going to be camera RAW noise reduction. Go to the detail tab which has noise reduction – playing with the sliders here are going to be your best bet for a quick and easy noise reduction.

 In the past we have looked at sharpening and noise reduction techniques many times. Some of the videos that we have looked at were “Sharpening and Noise Reduction in Lightroom 6” by  Anthony Morganti ,“How to Make Your Vacation Photos Look Amazing in Photoshop” by Aaron Nace from Phlearn, What You Need to Know About Sharpening Images by Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes and “Enhance Texture and Detail with Intelligent High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop” by Michael Woloszynowicz from vibrantshot.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check Dodson’s previous videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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