1 View Modes
Single Image View: In this view, the image is displayed with the noise reduction effect applied across the Image Preview area.
Split View: The image is displayed with a red line running either vertically or horizontally through it.
Side-by-side View: In this view, two separate previews appear. The previews are linked for zooming and panning. This lets you see the before- and after-images as a whole, or at the fine detail level.
The preview Function enables you to toggle on and off a preview of noise reduction effects applied to the active image. Check the Preview checkbox to display the effects, and uncheck the box to hide them.
The Select Tool lets you select and interact with either Measurement Rectangles that you add to your image during the measuring process or Control Points that are added during the noise reduction process.
The Zoom Tool lets you zoom in and out of your image. After selecting the tool, click on the area of the image within the interface that you want to zoom in to.
The Pan Tool lets you reposition your image while zoomed into the 100% or 300% views.
6 Background Selector
The Background Selector Tool lets you toggle the background color between Light Gray, Middle Gray, and Dark Gray.
7 Preview Modes
The Preview Modes enable you to observe the effects of noise reduction on individual elements of the image. You can display individual color channels or examine the masks created by different noise reduction methods. The Preview Modes are useful in judging the correct amount of noise reduction to apply.
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The Measure step lets Dfine identify the characteristics of noise present in either the current image or related to a specific camera and ISO combination.
The Reduce step lets you decide how much noise reduction to apply and where.
This tool ensures that the appropriate information is displayed depending on the state of the Image Preview. In the Zoom to Fit view, the Loupe mode displays details under the mouse cursor at 100%, and image detail information before and after noise reduction is applied. The view switches automatically between Navigator and Loupe for efficient workflow.
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The Help button accesses the electronic help provided with Dfine 2.
Click on Settings in the Dfine 2 filter interface to configure default look and functionality, and to determine how Dfine 2 interacts with your images.
The Brush button is only available when Dfine 2 is accessed from Adobe Photoshop. Clicking Brush applies the edits as a mask rather than a new layer, providing the ability to selectively brush on or off the noise reduction.
The Cancel button discards any settings specified in the current session, closes Dfine 2, and returns you to your host application without changing the image.
The OK/Save button processes and applies the specified noise reduction effect to the active image.
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The Selective Tool automates the creation of layers and layer masks within Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. This tool is not available for any other host applications, such as Lightroom or Aperture.
Within the Selective Tool you are provided with four different tools with which you can apply the noise reduction created either with Dfine 2 or one of the Noise Brushes (see 7). To access these tools when using Dfine 2, choose the Brush button in Dfine 2 (as described in Filter Controls).
Use the Paint button to selectively paint the current noise reduction effect into your image. Ensure that the Mode of your Paint Brush is set to Normal and that opacity is set to 100%. You can control the amount of the effect that is added to your image by varying the opacity of the brush.
Use the Fill button to apply the noise reduction effect to the entire image. This tool is especially useful if you want to apply the noise reduction to all but a small area. Click Fill then use Erase to erase that area out.
Use the Erase button to selectively remove the current noise reduction effect from your image. Ensure that the Mode of your Paint Brush is set to Normal and that opacity is set to 100%. You can control the amount of the effect that is added to your image by varying the opacity of the brush.
Use the Clear button to remove the noise reduction effect from the entire image. This is helpful if you made some mistakes with the Paint tool and would like to start selectively applying the noise reduction effect again.
The Discard button will end the selective application of Dfine 2 or one of the Noise Brushes. Click on the Discard button to prevent the current noise reduction effect from being applied to your image. After clicking on Discard, you can continue working on your images with Dfine 2 or any other tool within Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
The Apply button will end the selective application of Dfine 2 or one of the Noise Brushes. Click on the Apply button to apply the effect to the image. After clicking on Apply, you can continue working on your images with Dfine 2 or any other tool within Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
7 Noise Brushes
Dfine 2 also comes with seven additional Noise Brushes, each designed to work on a specific detail structure. These Noise Brushes do not have an interface as they were designed to be applied selectively and provide the optimal amount of noise reduction for each of those different detail types. These Noise Brushes are provided for those images in which noise reduction is only necessary in a small area. The Noise Brushes can be quickly loaded and then selectively applied to your image, without the need to load and modify the settings within the Dfine 2 interface.
Background- The Background Noise Brush applies noise reduction that is designed to effectively reduce noise that appears in a background of the image.
Hot Pixels- The Hot Pixels Noise Brush helps minimize unwanted pixels that become visible as bright dots in the image, often appearing against dark backgrounds and night shots.
Fine Structures- The Fine Structures Noise Brush reduces dominant color noise while reducing contrast noise. This effectively balances the presence of detail and noise in image components such as hair and fine image structures that may otherwise be adversely affected by noise reduction.
Skin- When applied to the skin of subjects with your images, the Skin Noise Brush reduces both contrast and color noise and irregularities while taking into account any fine detail structures that may be present in the image.
Sky- The Sky Noise Brush reduces chrominance noise and smoothes noise artifacts that often appear very strongly in the sky of an image.
Shadows- The Shadows Noise Brush reduces chrominance noise based on its appearance in shadows and low light areas, while considering the potential for detail and structures in such areas.
Strong Noise- The Strong Noise Brush reduces strong noise while preserving as much image structure as possible. This brush is appropriate in images with high levels of contrast noise and for high ISO images where noise is very dominant. The Strong Noise brush is an alternative method to selective blurring, where traditional blurring methods often lead to unnatural structures and color shifts.