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  1. Belinda Jiao Photography
    March 5, 2020 @ 6:24 am

    Very informative. And the effect is amazing, based on the before and after photos! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Nigel Waters
      March 5, 2020 @ 6:28 pm

      Hi Belinda,

      Thanks for your comments they are very much appreciated and I am glad you found it informative!

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  2. JD
    April 5, 2020 @ 1:36 pm

    As part of my current workflow, I generally apply some denoise in either LR or ACR… Does Topaz Denoise AI work better if going straight from the raw file, or making initial adjustments in ACR?

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    • Nigel Waters
      April 5, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

      Hi JD,

      I always make my initial adjustments such as white balance and general tonal adjustments in Lightroom first before I transfer to photoshop, this is just my preferred way and my personal workflow. However I don’t carry out any sharpening or noise reduction in Lightroom as I like to have more selective control in Photoshop. I just find it easier to target key areas I want and fine tune rather than using the selection tools in Lightroom and find it gives me better realistic results.

      You can use Topaz Denoise from within Lightroom if you prefer and not use photoshop at all or even use it as stand alone software you don’t need either PS or LR for it to work.

      I now do not apply any Denoise in either PS or LR before I used Topaz DeNoise as it is much quicker and in my opinion performs better. As I stated in the post similar results can be achieved using various masks and sharpening but if you have the Topaz software it makes much more sense to use it.

      As for work better on RAW files? I do not see any difference between using the software on a .NEF raw file or a converted .PSD ProPhoto RGB at 16 bits in Photoshop and this is the way I always use it. One final thing is that I do like to run the software after I have used anything like Dehaze or ColourFX Pro tools simply because this may introduce a little noise so I always make these adjustments first if I want to use them.

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