Unsurpassed Noise Removal for digital cameras and scanners
Neat Image uses the most advanced noise reduction algorithms available to minimize noise in just a few clicks, while maintaining sharpness and detail of the image. Neat Image is a necessity for images shot in low-light or high-speed action photography, and is also indispensable for raytracing CG.
Neat Image improves digital photos from cameras, scanned negative and positive films as well as scanned printed photos.
Neat Image works as a special-purpose digital filter. Our filter is specifically designed to reduce visible noise in digital photographic images. In digital camera shots, image noise generally comes from two key sources: random nature of the captured light and imperfect nature of image sensor and camera circuitry, especially in high ISO modes. In scanned images from legacy sources, silver halide grain from high speed film is the main source of noise.
Wherever your images come from, Neat Image can deliver beautiful images with noise and grain notably reduced. Digital images taken with any equipment, processed with Neat Image, will often look as though they were taken under optimal conditions with more expensive gear. Scanned archive images and prints can look contemporary, and can be as grain- and pattern-free as possible. Neat Image greatly improves the visual quality of digital images by reducing the objectionable noise and grain and at the same time preserving the true image details.
Neat Image effectively reduces these kinds of noise:
Color (chroma) noise
Salt-and-pepper (impulse) noise
Electronic interference noise
In-camera noise reduction artifacts
Some other image imperfections
Highest-quality noise reduction and sharpening
Advanced noise filter
Neat Image is programmed to filter noise more effectively, and preserving more image details, than current research has indicated is possible. A recent development in noise reduction that is usually regarded as state of the art is wavelet-based denoising. However, Neat Image uses an even more efficient proprietary approach to noise reduction. Our noise filtering method distinguishes more effectively between noise and details in noisy images than wavelet denoising. As a result, Neat Image reduces noise better and preserves more true details in digital photographs.
Complete control over noise reduction
Neat Image provides you with direct control over all noise filter settings. You can adjust the noise level estimation and specify how much of the detected noise must be removed for every color channel component and spatial frequency component of input image. The default filter settings work very well for most images. But if you want to tweak the filter settings, then all the controls are directly available.
Smart sharpening filter
Neat Image provides an intelligent sharpening filter. This sharpening filter works together with the noise filter to avoid noise, and makes the actual image details look sharper without any degradation of image quality (which is usually inevitable with noisy images). Neat Image sharpening also has a halo-free mode which reduces halos that tend to appear along edges in images which are sharpened.
Support for 16/32-bit per channel images *
Besides regular 8-bit images (like most JPEGs), the Pro edition of Neat Image also supports 16-bit and 32-bit per channel format in both RGB and grayscale images. This allows Neat Image to process higher bitdepth images from modern DSLRs without loss of accuracy, support HDR workflow using 32-bit data, and integrate better with modern image editors like Photoshop CC.
Speeding up with CUDA- and OpenCL-acceleration
Neat Image can take good advantage of your computer’s graphics hardware and multi-core capabilities. We process images faster on computers with modern NVIDIA GPUs supporting CUDA technology and also with certain OpenCL-capable AMD/ATI GPUs. In addition, Neat Image can use multiple GPUs and combine the computation power of GPUs with regular multi-core CPU for maximum performance.
Device noise profiles
Neat Image produces better noise reduction by being aware of your imaging equipment. Neat Image uses device noise profiles which are reusable analyses of noise properties of a particular image acquisition device — such as a digital camera or a scanner — working in a certain mode. The noise profile makes Neat Image noise reduction custom-tailored for example to a specific digital camera and specific shooting mode. This provides the highest accuracy of noise reduction for images produced by that camera.
Auto Profile to automatically build profiles for your camera or scanner
Neat Image can automatically make necessary noise analysis of the input image from your camera or scanner to build a custom noise profile specifically for this image.
You can also manually select a featureless image area for noise analysis and let Neat Image do the rest automatically.
Neat Image includes a special Calibration Target to shoot a series of test shots and then automatically build noise profiles for the whole set using the Batch Profiler. This helps you easily develop your own set of profiles for your digital camera (or scanner).
Profile library: a rich set of free pre-built noise profiles
Profile library contains many free pre-built sets of noise profiles for digital cameras and scanners prepared by Neat Image users and shared with the community.
When a ready-made profile set is available, Neat Image can automatically select the profile that best matches the input image based on its EXIF data with the help of the Auto Match feature. This capability is especially useful in batch processing and Photoshop actions.
Photoshop plug-in and standalone application
Neat Image standalone
Neat Image is available as a standalone application. You do not have to be a user of any particular image editor to make your images look cleaner, sharper, better. Just download Neat Image standalone — available for Windows, OS X, and Linux — and you can start improving your image library right away.
Neat Image is also available as a plugin for Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements, or another compatible editor). Neat Image is fully integrated with Photoshop: you can apply noise reduction exactly where it is required: in a layer, channel or selection. Using Photoshop's selection tools, you can apply noise reduction with different strength to different parts of the image. You can use Neat Image Pro plug-in as a smart filter in Photoshop CS3 or newer.
Any file format supported by the plug-in host can be processed by the Neat Image plug-in. For example, you can open a PSD, TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, RAW, DNG, etc., image in Photoshop and then directly process it with the Neat Image plug-in. This streamlines the use of Neat Image noise reduction in your workflow.
Actions and batch processing
Neat Image standalone
Powerful batch processing features *
Save time, increase production and reduce errors by taking advantage of Neat Image’s batch processing capabilities. Create several filtration tasks (one task is one input image) and let Neat Image process the tasks one after another. You can create such tasks manually one by one or automatically using the Batch tool.
Don’t let image processing take over your workflow. Neat Image can automatically process batches of images in the background. Meanwhile you can still use Neat Image to prepare new images and batches, manually process individual images, or verify processing results. You can also use other applications, too, since Neat Image behaves nicely in a multi-task environment.
Support for Photoshop actions *
Neat Image is integrated with Photoshop’s actions. You can record a Photoshop action with Neat Image plug-in and later automatically re-apply (or play) it to other images. Neat Image behavior in actions is fully configurable.
Support for Photoshop-based batching *
Neat Image is integrated with Photoshop’s batch processing. Once you have recorded Neat Image into a Photoshop action, you can use that action in Photoshop's batch processing to automatically process many images.
Instant visual feedback
Easy preview for any selected image area
Neat Image provides instant feedback of filtering results so you can achieve just the appearance you need. When adjusting the filter settings, you can immediately see the preview results in any area if the selected image or in the whole visible part of the image. You can manually select any area or just move across the image and zoom in to specific parts to get a better feeling of how the filtered image will look like as compared with the original.
Channel and frequency component preview
Per-channel and per-frequency preview modes help to identify most noisy components that require special attention. You can adjust the filter settings corresponding to those components and immediately see the results.
* Some features are available only in certain editions of Neat Image. Please see the detailed feature map.
New in Version 8.1
Added support for the new version of Photoshop CC
Added support for Photoshop Elements 15
Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs: GeForce GTX 1060/1070/1080, Titan X (Pascal).
Note: due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.3 and below are no longer supported. Only GPUs with Compute Capability 2.0 and higher can be utilized by Neat Image 8.1.
Due to changes in GPU drivers, toolkits and development tools GPU support is now only available in 64-bit versions on Mac OS X and Linux. 32-bit versions will still be able to work in CPU-only mode.
Improved Unicode support
Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras
Several minor bugs have been fixed
What's new in Version 8.0
Higher quality of noise reduction
High Quality mode for better detail preservation and sharper image (at the cost of reduced processing speed: 1.5–3 times slower than Normal Quality)
Highest Quality mode for better detail preservation (at the cost of reduced processing speed: 1.5–3 times slower than High Quality)
Detail Recovery function helps to recover fine details that standard filter can not recover
Artifact Removal filter to remove speck artifacts (specks are typically introduced by in-camera denoising and compression)
More accurate profiling of Very Low and Ultra Low frequencies when using small selection
Very Low and Ultra Low frequency ranges are now always automatically processed and can be separately adjusted
Enhanced Edge Smoothing function
Improved sharpening quality: less halos, sharper edges
Auto Profile function has been improved to find better areas for noise analysis.
In addition, larger areas can be used for building profile when possible.
Using more suitable areas leads to more accurate noise reduction.
Profile Assist viewer mode helps to choose area without details while profiling
Overall noise levels of the current selection and of the whole current profile are displayed in Device Noise Profile panel (in Advanced Mode).
Quick evaluation of the noise level helps to find the most suitable area for analysis.
Better grouping of filter settings.
Filter modules can be enabled/disabled individually to evaluate effect of each module on the overall result.
Preview Assist viewer mode gives a detailed look to filtration process
Filter Tuning Mode allows to temporarily raise Noise Reduction Amount for easier filter tuning
New collection of filter presets with a detailed description of each preset including specification of key settings, purpose, applicability, recommendations for use and possible side effects
Variants of Filtration feature to visually compare results achieved with different filter settings
Multi-step Undo/Redo for filter settings
Estimation of processing speed and optimization of performance settings can now be done directly from the Filter Settings panel. This facilitates optimizing for specific filtration parameters.
Options to set up the default noise profile and filter preset (in Neat Image Preferences)
Option for independent open/save folders for profiles and presets (in Neat Image Preferences)
Faster processing and more responsive GUI
Preview is optimized to update faster when filter settings are adjusted
Significantly improved GPU performance — x1.5–2 times in GPU-only mode and x1.4–1.7 in mixed mode (as compared with the older Neat Image 7 using comparable filter settings)
Better support for systems with a large number of CPU cores (32 and above)
CUDA Compute Capability 5.0 is now supported on Mac OS too allowing Neat Image to take advantage of the latest NVIDIA GPUs
Due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.0 and 1.1 are no longer supported
Mac OS X: NVIDIA GPUs with CUDA Capability 5.0 are only supported in 64-bit applications due to a limitation of the CUDA driver (please refer to known issues)
Many new profile sets have been created and submitted to the profile library by generous users of Neat Image.
We are very grateful to all the contributors who build new profiles for the community of Neat Image users.
Please also participate in building new profiles for digital cameras and scanners. Using the Batch Profiler in Neat Image plug-in, you can easily build a profile set for your camera. Please see the user guide (specifically, the "Device noise profiles" section) for additional information.
Plug-in for Photoshop (Windows or Mac OSX) CC 2017 / CC 2015.x / CC 2014 / CC, CS6–CS3
Affinity Photo 1.4.1+
GraphicConverter X v6.5+ (UB)
PhotoLine 18–15 (UB)
Photoshop Elements 15–6
Photoshop CC 2017 / CC 2015.x / CC 2014 / CC, CS6–CS1 / 7 / 6 / 5