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How to remove noise from a photo

Image noise can be hard to avoid when photographing in dark conditions. Fortunately, photo noise reduction is easy with Photo Studio. You can correct your digital pictures in seconds thanks to the handy slider settings.

To follow along and test this tutorial in real time, download the free trial version of Photo Studio below:

What is noise reduction in photo editing?

Image noise reduction or “denoise” is the process of removing digital noise from a picture. Noise distortion is unique to digital photos and is particularly common in photos taken in low light situations. It creates a grainy or pixelated look in pictures and in some cases can cause spots of discoloration in an image. Denoise therefore helps to minimize distortions for a more natural-looking photo.

Before and after denoising photo

How to remove noise from an image

  1. Open your image in Photo Editor
  2. Select the Corrections tab and click the Noise Reduction tool
  3. Move the Reduce noise slider to the right to correct the image
  4. Once you’re happy with the photo, click save

Noise reduction tools in Photo Editor

Tip: Try editing in a before/after view. This lets you compare your new image with the original as you edit.

  • Select a before/after view from the menu in the top toolbar.

Before/After view menu in Photo Editor

Additional denoise settings

Photo Editor offers two other settings to refine noise reduction: Color noise and Radius. To view these settings, expand the menu by clicking the small arrow beneath the Reduce noise slider.

Noise reduction sliders

Color noise

Color noise is a type of noise that causes colored blotches or flecks in a picture. It usually appears in areas of shadow in an image.

  • Move the color noise slider to the right to reduce color noise in a picture.

Radius

Depending on what device you used to take your picture, you may want to adjust the noise reduction radius. The radius slider sets the amount of denoising around each pixel. A higher radius will make the image look smoother but could also lose some details.

  • Move the slider to the right to increase the radius, or to the left to decrease it.

Tip: A lower radius is best for photos with fine details, taken with a high-quality camera. A higher radius is often better for smartphone pictures or photos with coarse details.

Adding sharpness

Sometimes denoising a photo can cause it to lose sharpness, but don’t worry as you can easily resharpen an image:

  1. Staying in the Corrections tab, click the Sharpness tool
  2. Move the slider to the right to increase sharpness

Sharpness tool slider

Now you know all there is to know about denoising a photo in Photo Studio!

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