19 Jun More Topaz Software Revelations

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Boats on Derwentwater at sunset – click to view larger image

This past week has seen me focussing on finishing my latest video course (it’s still not finished). It’s been three months in the making so far, but I don’t want to rush things. So, alongside video editing, I’ve been tidying up my photos on Redbubble, and that’s why I’m sharing today’s image.

I won’t go into the technicalities of Redbubble sizing, but I wanted the image to be 7,100pixels on the long edge. The native size of the image was 5,595pixels on the long edge, so I needed to increase the resolution.

After resizing the image, I checked the detail at 100% and was surprised to see quite a bit of noise in the sky. Ultimately, I traced this back to my editing using Nik Color Efex Pro, which I must admit can exaggerate noise. Rather than try to reprocess the entire image I thought I would run the image through Nik Dfine. This did a reasonable job, but I could still see traces of noise artefacts in the sky that I couldn’t remove. That’s when I thought I would try Topaz DeNoise.

I originally purchased Topaz DeNoise years ago, when the first version came out. I always found it good, but it required a lot of fiddling with the controls. As Topaz has a policy of selling a product license for

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