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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:54 AM

Topic pretty much, I need something that can help me improve the quality of pictures taken via phone that have a lot of noise. I'm looking for something free, but I'm also wondering what's recommended that isn't free.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:56 AM

If you have Photoshop, my friend tells me the Gaussian Blur Filter works pretty well. Camera Raw works pretty good too.

I think you'll need CS3 or newer though for Camera Raw.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:07 AM

first...a pic by a phone you cant do much with. they dont have great lenses, and much magnification.....

but to reduce noise, there are filters in photoshop that help. gause blur isnt what you should go after to kill out noise, there is a NOISE REDUCTION filter in most versions of photoshop. the blur will only smudge the pixels and appear to clean it up, but in all essence you are just blurring the picture. its kinda like what "glamour shots" or any of those portrait studios do to smooth out the photos you pay them for, it makes everyone look like they have nice skin.

since it is a phone pic, i will be honest and tell you that since you arent starting out with the best quality of image, you may not be able to clean them up as much as you hope. its just the nature of the beast.

there is also a program called "noise ninja" which does well too, but i use CS3 and CS4 for my work, so i dont need NN.

one thing that can help is to make sure you have plenty of light and hold that phone still when shooting.

camera RAW is for working with a .RAW photo file. phones do not take those. for RAW files you need CS3 or newer.....i actually prefer 3 over 4....the layout in 4 just isnt openly friendly like 3.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 12:28 PM

I would suggest Paint.Net(PDN) as it is a free program and has many useful addons. PDN is a PhotoShop kinda deal but it's layout is different. You have to get adjusted to using PDN if you already know PS. and did I mention PDN is free?
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:03 PM

Word I'll check into this. The phone pictures look fine on my desktop (CRT monitor) but when I view them on my laptop (which is some crazy resolution, I forget what) they look horrendous.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:12 PM

^^Are they stretched or something? I don't see why screen resolution would make them look worse at 100%
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

I honestly have no idea what happened, but they look terrible on my lappy. The colors are just horribly off.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:24 PM

Pictures aren't audio files. :angry:

And all software is free.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:48 PM

All software is free. But you know. Gotta make it look proper. I pay for things.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

ill do it for you if you give em to me...
in photosop 3/4 you can do filter>noise>less noise. as well as filter>noise>despecal. And play with those. then you can sharpen the pic an the noise wont come back
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:58 PM

PDN is pretty sweet for free software. Didn't help with my photos though... whatevs.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:28 AM

if the colors and other things are "off" or distorted, you may want to check the monitor settings and color settings for each computer. get you resolutions set as well.
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