Lightroom 5 New Features
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Better color noise reduction with smoothing


Lightroom 5 New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Better color noise reduction with smoothing

In this movie I want to highlight a new feature, which will allow you to
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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2h 28m Intermediate Apr 17, 2013 Updated Apr 08, 2014

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Discover what's new in Photoshop Lightroom 5, the popular photo management, enhancement, and publishing program from Adobe. Get a sneak peek at Upright, for automatic perspective correction, and Smart Previews, for viewing large RAW images more quickly at a smaller file size, even when they are disconnected from your main catalog. Author Chris Orwig also reviews the extra flexible and precise healing and retouching tools, new Radial filter, video slideshows, and new features for expediting your workflow.

Topics include:
  • Leveling photographs with Upright
  • Applying more flexible and precise retouching
  • Using the Radial filter in your workflow
  • Generating Smart Previews
  • Building photo books
  • Creating a slideshow with both still images and video
  • Dragging photos to saved map location
  • Using tethered capture shortcuts
Chris Orwig

Better color noise reduction with smoothing

In this movie I want to highlight a new feature, which will allow you to accomplish better Color Noise Reduction with a new slider or feature which is called Smoothing. We'll be working with this photograph here which I captured last week. And with this particular photograph I captured this image in a really low-light scenario. The sun had already set. And so I had to crank up my ISO. And if we were to zoom in on this image, simply by clicking on it. One of the things that we would discover is that there is a lot of noise in color noise.

If we zoom in even further, say by going to the Navigator Panel and by clicking on the Zoom Rate maybe of three to one, what we would discover is that we have a lot of this little color noise. In order to focus in on removing the color noise, what I'm going to do is change the area that we're looking at to the background, so we can actually see and identify the color noise that we have in the photograph. Next, in the Develop module, we'll navigate to the Detail panel. Now, when we open up the Detail panel, I'm going to close the Preview there, because we're looking at it here in the center of the screen.

We'll notice that we have the ability to sharpen and also to reduce the noise. Now when it comes to Sharpening, we can increase the amount, we can reduce the detail, and this will just improve the overall image. But sometimes, what can happen, is this can also exaggerate or bring out the noise in the photograph. As I increase this to a higher level, you can see how that's happening. So, often, what we'll need to do, whether because we're sharpening the image or because we captured it with optics or lenses, which aren't very good. Or maybe with a high ISO setting, as I was doing with this photograph here.

We have some noise to deal with. But we can deal with the brightness value noise by using the Luminance Slider. That will get rid of all of the brightness noise. And you can see how I can decrease that. Next we need to get rid of all of the little color artifacts that we have in this part of the image. To do so we can increase the color amount here by bringing up the Color Slider. Now, what about the new feature. What does smoothness have to do with anything. Well if we reduce smoothness for a moment. One of the things that you'll notice here. If I have a lower color amount so that we can actually see how this works.

What you can see if we still have these little color variations throughout the photograph. Yet, if we increase the smoothness. What it's going to do is it's going to help to reduce the low frequency color noise. That's the little teeny color noise, and weird patches of color that we have in our photograph. Again, here's without the Smoothing Slider. You can see some of the strange color issues that we have. And then here's with some smoothing. Now, you always need to work with the Color Slider and the Smoothness Slider together, so these two sliders are going to work in unison.

And often, what you want to do is view your image at a one to one perspective. You won't necessarily want to zoom into three to one. Yet, for demo purposes, it's helpful to do so. Because, really, here, it's going to be kind of difficult to see the difference. Although, you should see there's little bit more of a glowing, strange color pattern in the background. As I increase the smoothness, it gets rid of it. And so that's the new feature that I want to highlight here in the Detail Panel, which allows us to reduce and diminish color noise, even more effectively, by working with the Smoothness Slider.

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Q: This course was updated on 11/15/2013. What changed?
A: We added three movies covering the improved spot removal and color noise reduction, both new features in Lightroom 5.2.
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