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How Can You Remove Grain from Photographs?


Question

I've took some photographs at a photoshoot last week. The lighting conditions weren't right for the shoot (my fault entirely) and the camera we used was a compact. Unfortunately this means that the photograph is quite grainy. Anyone know a good Photoshop (or similar) technique to improve this?

2011/01/18
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1/18/2011 1:47:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Filter > Noise > Reduce noise.

Reducing noise usually blurs the pixels making the image less sharp. play with the sliders to strike a good balance between sharpness and noise reduction

If the image is shot in RAW (unlikely on a compact) then Camera RAW v6 brought significant updates to the noise reduction engine. You'll get a better result removing noise from the RAW before you bring it into photoshop.

2011/01/18
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1/18/2011 12:16:00 PM

Maybe push it in the other direction. Leverage the lo-fi-ness of it and further tweak the imagery in that direction?

2011/01/18