Old Favorite or New Challenger?

No matter what camera you own, there will be times when noise can be an issue in an image. After getting such good results with Topaz Gigapixel AI, I decided to try the new DeNoise AI and compare it to my old favorite, Neat Image Reduce Noise.

I have been using Neat Image for about a year and a half and I wrote one of my first blog entries on it (https://www.lewiskemper.com/blog/neat-image-noise-reduction) in March of 2018. I have shown it to countless students and have featured it on my website.

I was very anxious to see how Topaz DeNoise AI was going to compare with my dependable standby.

One thing that has always bothered me about Neat Image was there was no really good live preview. If you made any custom changes to the myriad of sliders you really had to process an image and look at it in Photoshop to see what the changes would look like and that was a confusing, time consuming process. Right off the bat I saw the preview function in DeNoise AI was much better. Although I don’t really like the default of having the auto preview on, because after every slight slider move you have to wait for the image to preview and you can move more than one slider at a time. Fortunately, you can turn that off so you can make multiple slider changes and then manually initiate the preview.

I decided for this blog it is much easier to show you the comparisons and the operation of these products live, so I created a video to share with you. Watch it to see what I discovered.



The one feature I would love to see the folks at Topaz Labs add would be the ability to save presets that you can load for future use. Otherwise, I think they have a winner on their hands!


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