ON1 NoNoise AI Noise reduction facilities.
There are several sliders in ON1 NoNoise AI you can use to manually correct an image if you don’t like the Auto Corrected version. In saying that I have found the Auto facility to work very well normally but sometimes you just want to tweek the adjustments a bit more and this is where you can do it.
The sliders are grouped into two sections… Noise Reduction and Sharpening so let’s look at the them in a bit more detail and see how they work.
Noise Reduction Sliders.
The three sliders in the Noise reduction section are Luminance, Detail and Colour.
Adjusting the luminance slider will adjust the strength of the luminance noise reduction with “0” having no effect on the image and “100” being the max Noise reduction. On this particular shot I was going from 40 to about 95 depending on how much noise I wanted to reduce and also the position of the other sliders also.
Enhance Detail Slider
The Enhance Detail slider is as you would expect going to enhance details in your image and helps bring back some of that sharpness that is often lost with noise reducing software. Again how far you push this is going to be different on every photograph and is also paired (in ways) to how much you use the other two Noise reducing sliders. Now the eagle eyed people out there will notice there is also a detail slider under the sharpness control but we will get to that in a minute.
Yes this slider is aimed at tackling the colour noise in your image and increasing the strength of this slider will help get rid of that pesky colour noise.
These three sharpening sliders are Amount, Detail and Treshold.
This slider basically adjusts the sharpening effect in your image and helps pull back some of the details that may have been lost during noise reduction. The higher the number the more sharpening is added. This is an incredibly powerful slider and should be paired carefully with the two sliders below.
I normally suggest you work through the sliders in the order they are in and once you get to this one, forget about the noise that’s showing up and adjust it to the amount of sharpening you want.DetailsAdjust the detail slider to the level of detail you want to pull back only this time. Now you might think why two detail sliders? Well there are two reasons for that, firstly it fine details even further and the way I use this software is I set my Sharpness amount to exactly what I want, slightly ignoring any noise in the image then I adjust the detail recovery option and then we go to the third slider below.
This slider basically adjusts the strength of the two sliders above but it’s not a global setting, this varies the intesity according to the edges in the image with “0” applying the settings to the whole image and “100” just adding the adjustments to the very defined edges.
Once I am done with the treshold slider I sometimes go back and tweek the other 2 sharpening setting to get the best effect.
Once you are finished applying the noise reducing effects you need to click on the “apply” button to lock them in and then you can use the left side panel menu and add layers to your edit also.
The Left side panel options
The first option is the “Crop” tool which basically lets you crop your image in the editor.
The second option is “Mask” here you can add a layer mask to your image if you really seriously want to try and pull back as much detail as possible you can edit one layer for maximum noise reduction and another for maximum sharpness then you can mask the layers so you get the best from both worlds giving you the ultimate noise reduction and sharpness in one image.
Next you have the “Refine” tool, this tool is used to refine the edges of your mask like around trees or hair or any complicated subject like that. It is there to take some of the painstaking work of masking a subject out of your workflow.
“Retouch” is as you guessed it a retouching tool to help you remove dust spots and little annoyances in your image and yet again it works well and is a handy little addition to the software.
Again all these little features are all positives over DeNoise AI and are really one of the reasons I moved to this software back in May 2022.
That’s more or less the end of my review for now for now but I will be updating it again with a video showing exactly how this software works and when it should be in your photography editing tool bags. I am also planning a side by side review of ON1 NoNoise AI vs Topaz DeNoise AI soon so that should be a good one.
If you are tempted to buy NoNoise then do remember you can also get a free trial if you want to try before you buy and also don’t forget to save yourself that 20% off the price by using My Exclusive On1 Promo code above and my money saving tip to get the ON1 Professional Plugin Bundle and save yourself a nice bit of money.
See you out there,
ON1 NoNoise AI Review by Landscape Photography Ireland reviewed by Kieran Hayes.