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NOISEWARE 4

PROFESSIONAL AND STANDARD PLUG-IN

USER'S GUIDE

BY IMAGENOMIC
2006

Noiseware Professional and Standard Plug-in 4.1 User's Guide

Noiseware Professional and Standard Plug-in 4.1 User's Guide Updated October 31, 2006 Contact Imagenomic at http://www.imagenomic.com/contact Copyright 2004-2006 Imagenomic, LLC. All rights reserved

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction................................................................................................................................................ 5 Whats New in Noiseware Plug-in 4.............................................................................................. 5 Technical Support................................................................................................................................6 Installation................................................................................................................................................... 7 Requirements........................................................................................................................................ 8 Modifying Noiseware Plug-In Installation for Windows........................................................8 Running Noiseware Plug-In............................................................................................................. 9 Installing License Key....................................................................................................................... 10 Key Features ............................................................................................................................................ 11 IntelliProfile Engine ......................................................................................................................12 Manual Noise Profile ....................................................................................................................... 12 DetailGuard .....................................................................................................................................12 Advanced filter controls..................................................................................................................12 Basic Use ................................................................................................................................................... 13 Filtering Noise..................................................................................................................................... 14 Filtering at the Default Setting................................................................................................ 14 Using Predefined Setting Presets........................................................................................... 15 Filter Preview.......................................................................................................................................15 Preview window navigation controls................................................................................... 16 Navigator Window............................................................................................................................ 16 Advanced Use.......................................................................................................................................... 17 Fine-Tuning..........................................................................................................................................18 Filter controls................................................................................................................................. 18 Noise Level Adjustment............................................................................................................. 18 Noise Reduction............................................................................................................................ 19 Luminance and Color Noise controls.................................................................................... 19 Noise Frequency........................................................................................................................... 19 Color Range.....................................................................................................................................22 Detail Protection with DetailGuard....................................................................................23 Sharpening and Contrast...........................................................................................................23 Edge Smoothening...................................................................................................................... 23 Saving settings to create new filter presets........................................................................23

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Undo/Redo filter operation........................................................................................................... 24 Multiple Previews and Bracketing...............................................................................................24 Multiple Previews......................................................................................................................... 24 Bracketing........................................................................................................................................ 26 IntelliProfile Engine.......................................................................................................................27 What is Noise Profile?.................................................................................................................. 27 Automatic Noise Profile..............................................................................................................27 Manual Noise Profile....................................................................................................................28 Sampling regions...................................................................................................................28 Preview results........................................................................................................................29 Creating Multiple Manual Profiles...................................................................................29 Saving Manual Profiles........................................................................................................ 30 Self-Learning Noise Profiles...................................................................................................... 30 Noise Profile Information........................................................................................................... 31 Preferences.......................................................................................................................................... 32 Noise profile.................................................................................................................................... 32 Self-learning....................................................................................................................................32 Multi-Processor and Multi-Core support............................................................................. 33 Resizing Noiseware Plug-in Window......................................................................................... 33 Photoshop Action And Scripting Support............................................................................... 34 Keyboard and mouse controls..................................................................................................... 36

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Introduction

INTRODUCTION
Noiseware is the highly-acclaimed, award-winning software tool from Imagenomic that is setting the standard for digital image noise reduction. Noiseware leads the field for speed, quality and ease-of-use in restoring image fidelity by eliminating digital noise and unwanted artifacts introduced by high ISO photography and less than optimal environmental conditions. Unlike most image processing software techniques that utilize simple methods (such as median filters) to treat digital noise in images, Noiseware features a sophisticated yet fast noise filtering algorithm. Using the adaptive noise profile capability and sharpening function, Noiseware greatly reduces the visible noise while keeping the details in the images.

WHATS NEW IN NOISEWARE PLUG-IN 4


Increased Performance Additional 25% performance increase for a single core processor Dual processor support resulting in 2X performance increase New Adjustment Controls Three additional control sets to adjust noise levels and noise reduction by tonal and color ranges. New DetailGuard for enhanced detail protection and control Added new detail protection controls Improved color preservation for details New interface features Split-screen preview and enhanced zoom Enhanced bracketing New Manual Profiling Added manual profiling module New IntelliProfile automatic noise profiler Overall improvement in noise recognition New self-learning feature for automatic profiles Other improvements Improved coarse color noise and color banding treatment Improved transparency layer support Noiseware now fully supports Photoshop Lab mode and works directly on individual Lab channels to provide more accurate noise reduction while ensuring color, luminance and contrast preservation. Enhanced host compatibility In addition to Adobe Photoshop and Elements now supports several major plug-in hosts

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Technical support for Noiseware products is available via Imagenomics website at http://www.imagenomic.com/support

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Installation

INSTALLATION
REQUIREMENTS MODIFYING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN INSTALLATION INSTALLING LICENSE KEY RUNNING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN

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REQUIREMENTS
Noiseware Plug-In works with both 8-bit and 16-bit* images and is compatible with leading image editing tools including. The following table contains the compatibility and the basic feature-set matrix.
Custom Presets Manual Profiling Auto Profiling 16 bit* SelfLearning

Host Application

8 bit

Actions

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, CS and CS2 Adobe Photoshop Elements 2/3/4 Corel Paint Shop Pro 9 and X Corel Draw 10, 11 and 12 Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 Ulead PhotoImpact XL, 10 and 11

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* - 16 bit mode is only available for Noiseware Professional Plug-in **- 16 bit and Self-learning are not available for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

The following are the minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP 256MB free RAM 10MB free hard drive space 1024x768 screen resolution Mac OS X 10.2.x/10.3.x/10.4.x 256MB free RAM 10MB free hard drive space 1024x768 screen resolution

MODIFYING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN INSTALLATION FOR WINDOWS


To modify Noiseware Professional Plug-in installation, select "Modify Noiseware Professional Plug-in Installation" from "Imagenomic" program group in Start>Programs->Imagenomic->Noiseware Professional Plug-in. The Installation Wizard automatically detects compatible host programs that are available on your computer. You can add programs not detected by the wizard or remove the ones that you do not want to associate with Noiseware Professional Plug-in.

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Installation

RUNNING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN


For Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements click on the Filter menu and select Imagenomic > Noiseware Professional

Figure 1: Running Noiseware Pug-in from Adobe Photoshop CS2

For Corel Paint Shop Pro click on the Effects menu and select Plugin > Imagenomic > Noiseware Professional For Corel Paint Shop Pro click on the Effects menu and select Plugin > Imagenomic > Noiseware Professional For Corel Draw click on the Effects menu and select Imagenomic > Noiseware Professional For Microsoft Digital Image Suite click on the Effects menu and select Plug-in Filters and then select Noiseware Professional For Ulead PhotoImpact click on the Effect menu and select Imagenomic > Noiseware Professional

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INSTALLING LICENSE KEY


To install the license key open the "About Noiseware" window by clicking on the "About" button and click on the "Install License" button. The "License Key Installation" window will show where you can enter your license information.

Figure 2: License Key Installation window

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Key Features

KEY FEATURES
INTELLIPROFILE MANUAL PROFILING DETAILGUARD ADVANCED FILTER CONTROLS

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INTELLIPROFILE ENGINE
IntelliProfile is a built-in expert system that supports operation of Noisewares core noise suppression engine. It employs powerful Artificial Intelligence methods to analyze and recognize noise patterns and to enable effective noise detection. Furthermore, IntelliProfile employs the results of its analysis and the EXIF data to build a knowledge repository that matures as more images are being processed. Noiseware learns to perfect its processing capabilities by fine-tuning the treatment variables such as the noise levels based on its knowledge repository.

MANUAL NOISE PROFILE


In addition to the automatic mode which considers the whole image, IntelliProfile provides mechanism for manual noise profiling which allows fine-tuning the input to the profiling engine by specifying custom image regions to be analyzed. A sample region can span across different tonal, color or detail intensive areas of the image. Noiseware will automatically allocate the respective noise indicators across the results derived from all sampling regions.

DETAILGUARD
There is a fine balance between the effects of aggressive noise reduction and eliminating important image information contained in small details. DetailGuard provides greater control over filtering process to safeguard image details from excessive alteration. Additionally, it includes an advanced detail color protection to retain the color fidelity of the image.

ADVANCED FILTER CONTROLS


Noiseware filter control sets provide wide range of fine-tuning depending on specific image requirements. The available controls include frequency, color and tonal range adjustment and noise reduction parameters as well as dedicated controls for luminance and color noise filtering. By varying these parameters you can fine-tune your custom filter configuration for optimal results.

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Basic Use

BASIC USE
FILTERING NOISE FILTER PREVIEW NAVIGATOR WINDOW

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FILTERING NOISE
Filtering at the Default Setting
Noiseware can operate in a fully automatic mode enabling a click-less workflow and optimal results in a matter of seconds. When you start Noiseware Plug-in, it automatically calculates the noise profile and processes the image. All you need to do in order to save the result is to click once the OK button. When you start Noiseware Plug-in for the first time, the noise filter is set to the "Default" setting. The main preview window will automatically display a filtered copy of your image processed at the "Default" setting. You can examine a filtered sample by using the zoom, split-screen and panning tools as well as compare with the original by click&hold in the preview area. If you are satisfied with the result, all you need is to click the "OK" button.

Figure 3: Noiseware at the Default setting

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Basic Use

Using Predefined Setting Presets


In addition to the "Default" setting, Noiseware provides 14 predefined setting presets fine-tuned for various images. Depending on the image type you would choose a corresponding preset. For example, for most of landscape-type shots, you would use the "Landscape" preset to produce the optimal result, such as smoother "skies" while preserving the detail-intensive areas of the image. Generally on start-up Noiseware will default to the last used filter settings.

Figure 4: Noiseware predefined setting presets

FILTER PREVIEW
The preview window displays a processed copy of the image. Noiseware updates the visible part of this preview in real-time when you apply a filter setting or modify any individual parameter. Once the filtering operation is completed you can click (and hold) on the processed image with the left mouse button to view the original image or to use panning. To zoom, you can use the [-]/[+] buttons located under the preview window. The zoom value can vary from 25% to 800%. In addition you can view the image in a horizontal or vertical split mode with original (top or left window section) and processed (bottom or right window section) copies both visible in the main window area. Analogous to the single view mode, you can click to pan or to see the original image.

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Preview window navigation controls


In addition to mouse panning, you can use mouse wheel to scroll vertically and Ctrlwheel to scroll horizontally. You can also zoom using the Alt-Wheel. Zoom-in can be also activated with Ctrl-click and zoom-out with Alt-click. Right-click on the preview image area will display context pop-up menu with zoom, display mode and tool selection.

Figure 5: Filter Preview in vertical split mode zoomed at 200%

NAVIGATOR WINDOW
The Navigator window allows navigating the image by dragging the red square cursor or by clicking on a different area of the image. The corresponding area of the image is then displayed in the main preview window.

Figure 6: Navigator window

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Advanced Use

ADVANCED USE
FINE-TUNING MULTIPLE PREVIEWS AND BRACKETING INTELLIPROFILE ENGINE PREFERENCES RESIZING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN WINDOW PHOTOSHOP ACTION AND SCRIPTING SUPPORT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS

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FINE-TUNING
Filter controls
Noiseware filter control sets provide wide range of fine-tuning depending on specific image requirements. In addition to the default and other presets that come predefined with Noiseware, you can adjust any of the controls to fine-tune your custom filter configuration for optimal results. The controls are grouped into five functional sets to enable effective workflow. Each set is explained in more detail in the following sections.

Figure 7: Noiseware control panel

Noise Level Adjustment


You can adjust the noise level detected by Noiseware by operating the corresponding sliders in the Noise Level section. The adjusted values can vary from -20 to +20 of the noise profile. A negative value instructs Noiseware that the image contains less noise than detected by the noise profiler. A positive value means the actual noise level is more that the detected noise level.

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Noise Reduction
You can set the noise reduction level by operating the corresponding sliders in the Noise Reduction section. The values can vary from 0% to 100%. The less the noise reduction value, the more of the original image is included in the output. The more the noise reduction value, the more of the filtered image per each filtering parameter is included in the output.

Luminance and Color Noise controls


You can adjust the noise level and respective noise reduction amounts for Luminance and Color Channels. For most cases, the optimal values for these settings have been found to be around 60%-70% and 80%-90% for Luminance and Color noise reduction amounts respectively. The adjustment settings can be normally left unchanged since Noiseware profiling mechanism calculates the optimal noise level as represented by the 0 adjustment setting. In certain cases such as when the image detail and image noise are difficult to distinguish, the profiling mechanism may slightly under- or overestimate the noise levels for either channel. In these situations, the adjustment controls can be effectively applied to correct the detected noise levels. You can further fine-tune the noise level adjustment and noise reduction amount by operating specialized Noiseware controls for frequency, tonal and color ranges.

Noise Frequency
Noiseware provides respective noise level adjustment and noise reduction controls for four progressive frequency ranges. The concept of noise frequency can be said to describe the different components or types of the visual noise present in a given image which affect it in different ways. These noise types can be characterized into following basic categories: a spatially smaller noise also known as a high-frequency noise, which is contained in individual pixels and affects the appearance of the fine details of the image and a spatially larger noise signal (a lower frequency noise) as represented by a group of pixels rather than a single pixel. These larger noise artifacts interfere with the appearance of larger image elements as collectively represented by those pixels. In other words, higher frequency noise represents finer or pixel level noise while lower frequency range corresponds to larger artifacts including color banding and blotches. The high-frequency noise is prevalent in luminance channel which can range from fine grain to more distinct speckle noise. Most of the time, this type of noise doesnt affect the image quality significantly and can be left untreated. On the other hand the lower frequency noise is present in both luminance and color channels and can significantly degrade the image quality. Noiseware intelligently detects the respective effects of each noise type and applies adaptive treatment to achieve optimal noise suppression for each noise category. The illustrations below show the noise in Luminance and Color channels, as well noise in all four frequencies. As you can see, the lower frequency the more of color noise is visible.

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Figure 8: Original image crop

Figure 9: Noise removed with Noiseware

Figure 10: Luminance noise

Figure 11: Color noise

Figure 12: High frequency noise

Figure 13: Mid frequency noise

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Figure 14: Low frequency noise

Figure 15: Very low frequency noise

The Frequency controls set the noise level and the noise reduction amount for four different frequencies: High, Mid, Low and Very Low. The values can vary from -20 to +20 of the noise profile for the adjustment and from 0% to +100% for the noise reduction settings.

Figure 16: Frequency controls

Tonal Range The Tonal Range controls set the noise level and the noise reduction amount in shadows, mid-tones and highlights. The values can vary from -20 to +20 of the noise profile for the adjustment and from 0% to +100% for the noise reduction settings.

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Figure 17: Tonal Range controls

Color Range
The Color Range controls set the noise level and the noise reduction amount for seven color ranges: Reds, Yellows, Greens, Cyans, Blues, Magentas and Neutrals. The values can vary from -20 to +20 of the noise profile for the adjustment and from 0% to +100% for the noise reduction settings.

Figure 18: Color Range controls

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Advanced Use

Detail Protection with DetailGuard


DetailGuard provides greater control over filtering process by setting the detail protection levels for luminance and color channels. The values can vary from 0 to 20.

Sharpening and Contrast


Sharpening and Contrast control provides 20 level adjustment (0 to 20) and uses unsharp mask with predefined parameters and over-sharpening control.

Edge Smoothening
You can choose between four different Edge Smoothening settings (Auto, High, Normal, Low). The effect of the Edge Smoothening settings is most noticeable if you select full suppression, and if the amount of noise is rather high. It essentially sets the level of smoothening of the edges and lines. So, if you feel that the image does not look natural - i.e. it looks over-processed - you can change the Edge Smoothening to a lower setting. Low" setting should be used when you want to preserve more details - i.e. landscape shots with many small and tiny details, and the "High" setting should be used when a smoother image is more desirable - i.e. portraits. In the Auto mode, Noiseware automatically decides what setting to apply depending on the amount of noise detected at each frequency and channel.

Figure 19: Detail Protection and Detail Enhancement Settings

Saving settings to create new filter presets


You can create your own custom presets by using the "Save Custom" from the popup menu. The popup menu appears when you click on the round arrow button on the right side of the "Settings" combo-box. To delete a custom preset use the "Delete Custom" from the popup menu.

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Figure 20: Save, Delete, Undo and Redo buttons

Figure 21: Save Custom Filter Settings window

UNDO/REDO FILTER OPERATION


You can revert or re-apply the last settings used by clicking the Undo... and Redo... button controls next to the preset combo-box or by using CTRL+Z or CTRL+Y keyboard combinations respectively. These controls can be also accessed by right-clicking on a slider control.

MULTIPLE PREVIEWS AND BRACKETING


Multiple Previews
Noiseware preview feature provides mechanism for opening multiple preview windows, up to 20 for the same image file. This allows to compare different filter settings by simply switching between preview tabs. The filter settings will be automatically set to their respective values for each preview. To create a preview click on the button next to the "Preview" and select "Add Preview". To close a preview select "Close Preview" and the current preview will be closed. You can also "Close Other Previews" which will close all other previews and keep current preview.

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Figure 22: Preview pop up menu

Alternatively, you can add a new preview by clicking on the Add New Previewbutton on the top of the preview window.

Figure 23: Preview Window Buttons

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Bracketing
In addition to creating custom multiple previews, Noiseware provides an automated bracketing feature for quickly generating preset series of previews for noise reduction and noise level filter settings. For each original setting, the bracketing creates three previews with 20% bracketing interval. Furthermore, you can specify additional parameters along with the number of the bracketing previews (3/5/7) and the bracketing interval (5%-30% for noise reduction and 2-10 for noise level). To bracket or to set up a bracketing preset, click on the button next to the "Preview" and select "Parameter Bracketing..." item. Once the preset in created, it will appear in the same menu selection. When using bracketing, you can view the name of the respective bracketing parameter and its absolute value on the preview tabs. A tab will also reflect custom changes made to the bracketing parameters values for a given preview. In addition the mouse roll-over any inactive preview tab it would display a tool tip that would specify the parameter value differences relative to the parameter values of the currently open preview. Bracketing can be also activated by right-clicking on respective slider controls in the Filter section.

Figure 24: Parameter Bracketing window

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Figure 25: 26: Right-click Bracketing pop Parameter up menu Name withand bracketing values in options preview tabs

INTELLIPROFILE ENGINE
What is Noise Profile?
Noise Profile for a given image is a collection of data that characterizes the noise information across tonal range, frequency and channel. Noiseware relies on the noise profiles to achieve the optimal noise removal. Accurate noise profiles that best describe the various noise components help attain the better filtering quality. Noiseware provides for two modes of generating precise noise profiles - automatic with enabled self-learning mechanism and manual noise profiling. Normally, in the automatic mode either with the self-learning ON or with the self-learning OFF, Noiseware will produce the optimal noise profile and hence the optimal filtering quality. However, in some cases you may find necessary to fine-tune the noise profiling by manually selecting the image regions to be included in the analysis.

Automatic Noise Profile


When you start Noiseware Plug-in, it automatically calculates the noise profile for the image. Noise Profile Viewer displays noise values for four noise frequency groups (high, mid, low and very low), and for each luminance and chrominance channels (Y, Cr, Cb for RGB color mode and L, a, b for Lab color mode); Noise values are calculated based on the brightness levels of the image and have relative values ranging from

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0% to 100%, where 0% means that noise is not found for the given brightness level on the selected frequency, and 100% means that noise level is extremely high.

Figure 27: Noise Profile viewer

Manual Noise Profile


The automatic Noise Profiling considers the whole image when calculating respective noise levels. As an alternative to the default automatic mode, the Noise Profile can be created by manually selecting the image regions which will be used to calculate the Noise Profile.
Sampling regions To define a single region, use the rectangular "Single Selection" tool. Once sampling is completed, it will automatically switch to the "Multiple Regions Selection" tool to allow adding more regions to the current sampling. You can sample up to 10 regions to create a manual noise profile. To reset the current region selection, please select the "Single Region Selection" and define a new region or select the "Automatic" profile mode. A sampling region must be at least 16X16 pixels. In order for the sample regions be representative of the actual noise contained in the image, we recommend to select spatial regions in different tonal and color ranges. It is not necessary to limit region selection to detail-less image areas. A sample region can span across different tonal, color or detail intensive areas of the image. Noiseware will automatically allocate the respective noise indicators across the results derived from all sampling regions.

Figure 28: Single Region Selecton Tool

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Preview results When a region is selected, Noiseware automatically analyses it and builds respective noise profile. When new regions are added to the sample, Noiseware automatically re-calculates and updates the noise profile data. At each step, the noise chart will be updated with the most recent data. At the same time a current noise profile will be automatically applied to the image and the filtered copy can be previewed in realtime in the pan or split modes.

When in the split preview window mode, you will be able to define the profiling regions in the original image section and see the result in the filtered section. In the full preview window mode, you will be able to define profiling regions only when viewing the original image.

Figure 29: Multiple Regions Selection Tool and horizontal split of the preview window

Creating Multiple Manual Profiles You can create multiple manual profiles for the same image to compare and choose the one that produces the desired results. To create a "New Manual Profile" or "Delete Manual Profile" use the pop-up menu selection to the right from the "Profile:" drop-down box. By clicking the "New Manual Profile" menu item, you will duplicate the current profile and can further adjust it by sampling new profiling regions. By switching between these profiles you can evaluate their effect on resulting filtering quality.

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Figure 30: New Manual Profile popup menu command

Saving Manual Profiles A manual profile can be saved together with filtering settings to create a custom preset. You need to click on the round arrow button on the right side of the "Settings" combo-box and select Save custom. A pop-window will appear to allow naming the custom preset and a check box to save the manual profile. It would allow applying this particular profile whenever this custom setting is selected.

In addition, a manual profile can be saved for future applications via Photoshops Actions. When you use Noiseware to record an action and use manual profiling, the respective manual profile used for final filtering is saved with the action along with the filtering parameters.

Self-Learning Noise Profiles


Noiseware's self-learning mechanism explores and perfects the noise detection capability over time as more images are processed. It uses EXIF data to identify relevant image variables including the acquisition device parameters and shooting conditions. This information together with respective noise data are analyzed and aggregated over time to generate a knowledge repository which contains rich information about your camera or other acquisition device. Self-learning requires that all pertinent EXIF data is present and works best with right-out-of-camera images that have not been altered by other image editing software including the plug-in host, especially if sharpened or softened. In addition to the standard EXIF parameters Noiseware's self-learning also supports Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). If the image does not contain all or some of the required EXIF data or the host program doesn't provide the EXIF data to plug-in, self-learning will be automatically disabled. You can also disable self-learning manually thus excluding respective images from the learning cycle. You can also specify to include a particular image in the learning process but not to apply the learned knowledge to this image and vice-versa. When you choose to apply the self-learning, Noiseware would independently decide whether to use the learned noise data to the particular image based on the maturity of the knowledge repository.

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Figure 31: Self-Learning options

Noise Profile Information


You can view detailed information for noise profile by accessing the "Noise profile Info..." menu item. It shows the noise profile type, profile sources and the selflearning status in % completed. Self-learning status reflects the aggregated precision for the noise profiles from the knowledge repository and the learning curve specified by the user.

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Figure 32: Noise Profile Information window

PREFERENCES
Noise profile
Noiseware allows configuring the noise profile settings. To open the "Preferences..." window, click on the respective menu item to the right of the "Profile:" combo-box in the Profile Chart section. You can specify whether Noiseware should use the Last saved or automatically generated profile at the start-up. Furthermore, you can choose to automatically use the saved custom noise profile if the respective custom filter setting has been selected.

Self-learning
Self-learning can be completely shut off by checking the respective check-box. When activated, you can specify the status of the self-learner when an image is processed

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either within the plug-in window or in an action. You can also specify the learning curve length.

Multi-Processor and Multi-Core support


The value of this property is determined automatically based on whether you have a multi-processor or multi-core system. It is not recommended to modify this property, since it may result in performance degradation. To restore it to its default value, click on the Default" button.

Figure 33: Preferences window

RESIZING NOISEWARE PLUG-IN WINDOW


Noiseware Plug-in window can be resized by dragging the lower-right corner of the window. You can adjust the size of the window to better fit your screen resolution and processor speed. You can click "OK" button to remember the current size or "Cancel" to restore the previous size.

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Figure 34: Resized Noiseware window with Preview zoomed out to 25%

PHOTOSHOP ACTION AND SCRIPTING SUPPORT


Noiseware Professional Plug-in provides full action and scripting support within Photoshop. The recorded actions contain all Noiseware Professional Plug-in adjustable parameters including noise level adjustment, noise reduction, detail protection and detail enhancement values as well as manual profile data.

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Figure 35: Recorder action with Noiseware Professional

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Noiseware Professional and Standard Plug-in 4.1 User's Guide

KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS


Section Preview window Windows Space+Click CTRL+Click ALT+Click Ctrl + Plus Ctrl + Minus Ctrl + 0 Ctrl+Alt + 0 Mouse wheel Ctrl+Mouse wheel Alt+Mouse wheel Right Click Ctrl+N Alt + [ Alt + ] Alt + < Alt + > Ctrl+Alt+F Ctrl+Alt+V Ctrl+Alt+H Sliders Up/Down keys Shift+Up/Down keys Tab/Shift+Tab Right Click Mouse wheel Shift + Mouse wheel Ctrl+Z Ctrl+Y Ctrl+S Plug-in window Alt Mac Space+Click Command+Click Option+Click Command +Plus Command +Minus Command +0 Command +Option+0 Mouse wheel Command+Mouse wheel Option+Mouse wheel Right Click Command+N Option + [ Option + ] Option + < Option + > Command+Option+F Command+Option+V Command+Option+R Up/Down keys Shift+Up/Down keys Tab/Shift+Tab Right Click Mouse wheel Shift + Mouse wheel Command+Z Command+Y Command+S Option Description Panning Zoom in Zoom out Zoom In Zoom Out Zoom to 10% Zoom to 100% Vertical scroll Horizontal scroll Zoom Context menu New Preview Previous Preview Next Preview First Preview Last Preview Full Preview mode Vertical split preview mode Horizontal split preview Increase/Decrease by 1 Increase/Decrease by 10 Change sliders Context menu Increase/Decrease by 1 Increase/Decrease by 10 Undo Redo Save Current Settings Switch between Cancel and Reset

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