Nik Dfine 2 Review

April 7, 2011 | Matt Grayson | Software Reviews | |

Using the paint button lets you paint the noise reduction on as large or as fine as you want to. You can vary the strength of the application by adjusting the opacity of the brush. However, you could always set it to 100% and if you feel it's too strong, you can use the erase option with the opacity reduced instead.

For a global application of noise reduction, you can use the fill tool. It's also useful if you want to leave only a small area of the picture without any noise reduction applied. If you make a horrendous mistake to the entire image and want to start over, clicking the clear button will remove anything you've done to the picture.

As a reviewer, I have to process a lot of pictures at the same time so using actions for batch processing and droplets are an integral part of my work flow. The great thing about Dfine is that it supports actions and droplets so if I need to apply uniform noise reduction to a large amount of pictures, this is a great tool to utilise. If you're in a position where you have to apply precise noise reduction to a lot of pictures, this could be a big benefit to you.

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Users of Photoshop CS3 or newer will be happy to know that Dfine supports smart filter compatibility.  Smart filters allow you to change the setting of the filter even after the filter interface has been shut down. It's best to make any other adjustments to the picture before you start using a smart filter because even something simple such as rotating it can give a different effect. Unfortunately, there's no way around it if you realise you need to make a change after the filter has been applied. If the filter changes the picture, you'll have to remove it, make the other changes and reapply the filter after that. To apply a smart filter, select convert for smart filters from the filter tab before choosing the Dfine filter from the filter tab.


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The main benefit that Nik Dfine 2.0 has over the standard noise reduction settings in an editing suite is the precision with which it can be applied. U-Point technology is a great idea from Nik for the selective localised application of filters.

Dfine has a nice user interface which is simple to use at first but can be expanded to a more advanced state. The actual performance of noise reduction, we don't think is that much better than any other noise performance which is a little disappointing. However, you may consider the afore mentioned localised filters as well as the batch processing with it all being non-destructive a major benefit, in which case it's a program to look at.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Value for money 3.5

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#1 falsafay

Such reviews must include comparisons with competing softwares, like Topaz DeNoise. Either I missed it or it is not there. The review is incomplete!

9:19 pm - Thursday, April 7, 2011

#2 mattgrayson

I see your point but I haven’t tested DeNoise so I can’t say how good or bad it is in comparison. I did mention that this one is no better than any standard noise reduction facilities in, say, Photoshop but I have experience of those systems. I hope that helps. =:O)

11:01 am - Friday, April 8, 2011

#3 falsafay

So what is the point of review. Are you an impartial reviewer or mouthpiece of the industry? I had lot of respect for the PBlog with the expectation of independent critical review. If you are just reproducing the press release and/or guide/manual of the company about a produt, then why do we need to read PBlog?

9:59 pm - Saturday, April 9, 2011

#4 jimmy crackcorn

leave the author alone.  he admitted that he hadn’t tried other products.  the premise of the article is a review of one product.  you knew that going in.

1:52 pm - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#5 loonlydevil

I think this is really good software.

11:07 am - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

#6 Ted C.

@ falsafay

If you think you know better than the author, how come you’re not the one doing the reviews and writing stuff online?  Stop being a loudmouth complainer, STFU.  And for all we know, you might just be one lousy monkey with a fancy camera who don’t know squat about shooting right and, thus, requires the help of post-processing software to correct the garbage that you pass off as “photography” so get a life.  Go back to photography school and practice.

6:07 am - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#7 Johny Come Lately

Dear Mr Falsafay,

Seems to me that as soon as a personal attack is made against an author (“Are you an impartial reviewer or mouthpiece of the industry?”) then your feedback loses credibility immediately.

May I suggest that you take stock of the way you address others on-line and consider that less invective would serve you better in life?

Surely you can add to the dialogue rather than detract from it.

Hoping you get less stress in your life from this point on. Best of luck.

1:41 am - Friday, October 11, 2013





4:38 am - Monday, November 4, 2013