© 2008 Josh Haftel
Introduction to Dfine® 2.0 and the User’s Manual
Chapter 1: Introduction
The result? Dfine 2.0 is a powerful, yet easy-to-use tool that anyone can use to perform high quality noise reduction without needing to understand the complex underlying theory.
Because Dfine 2.0 is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture and other compatible
applications, you must have Photoshop or a compatible application installed on your computer.
New Feature Highlights
Welcome to Dfine 2.0, the most powerful tool for reducing noise in your digital photographic images.
All digital cameras inherently create unwanted imperfections known as “noise.” The amount of noise in an image typically depends on the quality and type of imaging sensor with which it was created. High ISO speeds and low light can also add noise.
New Dfine 2.0 gives you unprecedented control over exactly how much and where to apply noise reduction. This makes it ultra-easy to eliminate noise in your images while maintaining detail and sharpness, thus improving the quality of every digital photo you take. Dfine 2.0 is designed to prevent the loss of detail other noise reduction tools often introduce.
Dfine 2.0 introduces a brand new, re-sizable user interface that includes Nik Software’s award-winning U Point® technology for the ultimate in selective control. Busy photographers will appreciate the workflow improvements offered by the new interface, as well as improvements such as automatic camera profiles and batch
• Navigator Loupe
• New, more professional look and feel
Greatly improved noise reduction engine
• Higher quality noise reduction
• Better retention of fine details
• Profiles can be created automatically or manually
• Profiles can be shared
• Improved batch processing. Interface can be set to auto-profile or auto-load profiles based on image EXIF data (needs a profile to be created first for each camera/ISO combination)
• Improved Selective Tool interaction. Selective Tool can be called from within the Interface, users do not have to access the filter from the Selective Tool in order to selectively apply the filter
© 2008 Laurie Shupp
What’s New in 2.0
New Features and Functionality in Dfine® 2.0
Chapter 2: What’s New in 2.0
Dfine 2.0 contains a considerable amount of enhancements and improvements from Dfine 1.0. The majority of the improvements can be summed up in 4 categories:
- Noise Reduction Engine
- Noise Reduction Process
Noise Reduction Engine
Dfine 2.0 contains a completely reworked noise reduction engine. The goal when creating this new noise reduction engine was to empower photographers with an incredibly powerful and precise tool to reduce unwanted artifacts within photographs with the ability to maintain high levels of detail, all without requiring a complicated process or learning curve.
- Selective Tool Interaction
One of the most obvious new features of Dfine 2.0 is the completely reworked interface. The interface represents the culmination of extensive study of the look and feel that professional photographers expect in a modern application along with requests from Nik
The new interface was designed to look and act as a professional photographic tool, with a color-neutral interface, medium-gray background, and a strong focus on an efficient workflow.
Dfine 2.0 is completely resizable and groups important controls next to one another, leading to less mouse clicks and therefore greater efficiency and less time needed to achieve excellent quality noise reduction results.
Please see Chapter 5: Dfine 2.0 Interface for more information on the various tools and features found within the Dfine 2.0 interface.
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