Im­prove your high-ISO images

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£17.99 (Stan­dard), £49.99 (Pro) De­vel­oper Mac­phun, mac­

Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher

Im­age noise re­duc­tion can be an ex­tremely time-con­sum­ing and com­plex busi­ness, and Noise­less aims to take a sim­pler ap­proach. It of­fers a se­lec­tion of pre­set noise re­duc­tion set­tings from ‘Light­est’ to ‘Ex­treme’, and you can ad­just the strength of the ef­fect us­ing the ‘Amount’ slider on the pre­set but­ton.

You can also add pre­sets to the app’s Fa­vorites panel or cre­ate your own cus­tom set­tings, but un­for­tu­nately there’s no way to ap­ply se­lec­tive noise ad­just­ments to spe­cific ar­eas of the im­age – though you can ad­just the strength separately for High­lights, Mid­tones, Shad­ows and De­tails.

We ran some quick tests with Noise­less against Light­room’s in­built noise re­duc­tion tools, DxO Op­tics Pro’s de­fault noise re­duc­tion process and Dfine 2 (from the Google Nik Col­lec­tion). All three yielded great re­sults but the out­comes were vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able, so in the end it more or less comes down to user pref­er­ence.

Noise­less is per­fect for users who want to take away im­age noise with­out get­ting sucked into a vor­tex of slid­ers and check­boxes. It can pro­duce quite re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tions on images where noise is the only is­sue and the un­der­ly­ing de­tail is good – but it can’t fix the gen­er­ally lower def­i­ni­tion you get at slow shut­ter speeds and high ISOs.

Still, the ease of use and sim­plic­ity are where Noise­less re­ally shines. As with any noise re­duc­tion tool, you have to tread a tightrope be­tween noise re­duc­tion and de­tail preser­va­tion, but here it’s as sim­ple as click­ing a pre­set, drag­ging a slider and check­ing the be­fore-and-af­ter pre­view for changes.

Up­grade to Pro and you can use Noise­less as a stand­alone app or as a plug-in for Pho­to­shop, El­e­ments, Light­room and Aper­ture. It also boasts ex­tra fea­tures and ad­vanced con­trols for fur­ther ad­just­ments. Rod Law­ton It’s no magic bul­let, but Noise­less of­fers quick and ef­fec­tive photo im­prove­ments with lit­tle ef­fort or know-how.

Drag the ‘wipe’ bar left and right to in­stantly see the be­fore and af­ter re­sults.

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