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Dfine feels like an old-fashioned solution to a problem that has changed. Digital cameras and RAW processors now have noise reduction processes way ahead of those in Dfine. There are now many ways of controlling noise earlier in the photo capture workflow either in-camera or in RAW sofware, and the real issue these days is not just finding a tool that can do it well, but doing it at the right point.

What is Dfine?

Dfine is the noise reduction plug-in in the DxO Nik Collection. It’s designed to improve high ISO, high noise images rather than to create any particular image effect.

It works on JPEG or TIFF images rather than RAW files – if you want to work on RAW files they have to be processed first and sent to Dfine from DxO PhotoLab, Lightroom or another ‘host’ program that does the RAW conversion first.

How it works

Dfine opens with a split screen view of the image at 100% magnification with the untreated image on the left and the treated image on the right (you can change the view mode). There are just two stages to the noise reduction process: Measure and Reduce.

The Measure step checks the noise properties of the image, and the default is for Dfine to do this automatically, selecting one or more areas of the image for characteristic noise patterns. These are indicated by rectangular marquees, and if you think you can make a better job of identifying key areas of noise you can take over, switch to manual mode and use the marquee tool to define areas yourself.

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Whether the noise measurement has been done automatically or manually, Dfine will apply default noise reduction settings, and you can see the effect in the ‘after’ half of the split screen display.

The default noise reduction is pretty strong. Dfine will cut the noise right back, but it can also produce some rather artificial-looking image smoothing and some loss of fine detail. To fix this, and to do some other fine-tuning, you can click the Reduce button at the top of the Noise Reduction panel.

Dfine splits noise into its two key components: Contrast noise (luminance noise) and Colour noise. Both sliders are set to 100% by default. You can safely push the Colour noise slider right up without losing any significant image detail, but most modern cameras suppress colour noise pretty well anyway.

The really tricky component is Contrast (luminance) noise. This produces the most persistent image noise, and it’s reducing this that can take away any fine detail too and produce an artificially smooth, ‘smeary’ look.

By moving the Contrast Noise slider you can choose your own preferred compromise between noise reduction and detail rendition, but Dfine lets you go further. If you click the rather unobtrusive ‘More’ button further down the tools panel you’ll see checkboxes for Edge Preservation, JPEG Artifact Reduction and Debanding.

The Edge Preservation tool has a modest effect at preserving crisp outlines, but doesn’t help with fine, textural detail. The JPEG Artifact Reduction and Debanding options might help with particular low-quality images. None of them make a massive difference to Dfine’s abilities.

You can, however, use control points to remove or reduce the noise reduction in specific areas, preserving detail in highly detailed areas where the noise hardly shows and removing noise in large areas of even tone where it’s most obvious.

Verdict

Dfine’s noise reduction is moderately effective, but it seems to have fallen behind the latest algorithms and offers only simplistic noise reduction tools. It’s worth using if you’ve got it, and can do a reasonable rescue job on noisy pictures.

Its biggest problem, though, is that it is trying to fix a problem which has changed. Cameras no longer produce ‘noisy’ JPEGs. Instead, they use their own highly-sophisticated in-camera noise reduction processes to strike a balance between image smoothing, noise reduction and detail rendition that an old plug-in like Dfine would struggle to beat.

Or, if you shoot RAW files, it’s your choice of RAW processing software and how you use it which will ultimately determine the amount of noise and detail in your high ISO shots. A plug-in like Dfine is doing a job which your RAW processor has (or should have) done already.

Dfine might be useful for cleaning up the odd (probably old) high ISO image that has slipped through the net, but it’s not really suitable for use in your regular editing workflow.

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Dfine feels like an old-fashioned solution to a problem that has changed. Digital cameras and RAW processors now have noise reduction processes way ahead of those in Dfine. There are now many ways of controlling noise earlier in the photo capture workflow either in-camera or in RAW sofware, and the real issue these days is not just finding a tool that can do it well, but doing it at the right point.

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Download Instructions. The Nik Collection by DxO can be download at nikcollection.dxo.com. The downloaded file saves to your Downloads folder. To access your Downloads folder on Windows, click on the Start button, locate and click on your username, and then in the window that opens, double-click on the Downloads folder. Nik Collection was created in 1995 as an independent studio specialized in creating filters and effects for digital photography. They're also the founders of Snapseed. After being acquired by Google in 2012, Nik Collection 's image filters are now available as a complete set of plug-ins for Photoshop and other Adobe products that you can use.

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The famous Google Nik collection with photo editing plug-ins is free since March last year (https://plus.google.com/+NikCollection/posts/AFGsG2Di7EK) - download it here:

If you are using Photos 3.0 on High Sierra you can call the stand-alone applications of the Nik collection simply using 'Image > Edit with', while you are viewing a photo enlarged in Photos.

In earlier versions of Photos you need a photo editing extension, that will call an external editor, for example the 'External Editors extension'. This extension is no longer available from the AppStore, after High Sierra has been released. I hope, everyone purchased this extension in time.


After downloading the NIK Collection from Google's site https://www.google.com/nikcollection/, run the installer. You will find the stand-alone programs in the Applications folder in the subfolder 'Nik Collection'. Run each of them to test them (but not the Uninstaller 😁).

After you restart the Mac, the External Editor Extension will be able to see them and show them in Photos.


To use them, open the photo in Photos in Edit mode by selecting the thumbnail and hitting the Return key.

Now click 'Extensions' in the Edit panel and select 'External Editors'.

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In the External editors select the NIK plug-in you want to use:



Now you will see the editor window of the selected plug-in and can edit your photo. When done, use the 'Save' button in the plug-in and then the Save Changes in 'External Editors'.


Now the edited photo will appear in Photos.

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Using photo editing extensions will usually create an additional original master image file. It increases the storage required for your photos. Don't use external editors for tasks, that can be done in Photos. By doing simple things in Photos you are able to revert all adjustments individually and to save storage.

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On a stand-alone basis Dfine2 and Viveza2 are working well. I am using tis work-around to use them in Photos 2.0. I export the original from Photos to the Desktop, then ctrl-click to to use 'Open with Dfine (or Viveza2). Then I am using the External editor extensions 'Replace with Image from Disk' to pair the Viveza edited photo with the Version in Photos. This is giving the same result as directly editing from Photos.

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  • Intel Core™ i5 or higher
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space
  • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 bits) through CC 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 through 2020 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through Classic CC 2020
  • Serif Affinity 1.8 and later

Windows:

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  • Intel Core® 2 or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 or higher (Intel Core® i5 or higher recommended)
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 (64 bits), or Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64 bits and still supported by Microsoft®)
  • Microsoft Surface are not supported
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 bits) through CC 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 (64 bits) through 2020 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through Classic CC 2020
  • Serif Affinity 1.8 and later
  • Requirements to support HiDPI monitors:
    – Microsoft Windows 10.1607 and later
    – Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 and later (if launched from Adobe Photoshop)

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  • Starting from: NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, and Intel HD Graphics 2000 Series.
  • If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled, and the CPU will be used.