Improving a Photo: How to Make Your Photo Look Better
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Noise Buster

Improving a Photo: How to Make Your Photo Look Better

 

We have received this tutorial from Gordon Sisson, the author of two examples for the Coloriage (Love Story and Coloring old black and white drawings). This time Mr. Sisson tries our noise suppression software (with a little help from Enhancer and Retoucher) to make his photo look better. He shares his opinion:

"Wanting to test the new Noise Buster plugin, I came upon this snapshot of myself. It is not a good picture and it looks hardly worth trying to improve. With my great faith in AKVIS, I gave it a try."

Please compare the original photo and the final result:

    Original photo Improved photo
    Before After

  • Step 1. Scan the picture at 2500 dpi, 48 bit color.

    Snapshot
  • Step 2. Select what you want from the scan and enlarge X5.

  • Step 3. Reduce resolution to 400 dpi.
  • Step 4. Call AKVIS Noise Buster plugin (or run the standalone edition) and work on the settings.

    With Preview Window you can adjust the corrections to get the best result. This is a huge improvement but now I am really interested and I want more.

    Photo Correction in Noise Buster
  • Step 5. Call AKVIS Enhancer (click to read more about the Enhancer plug-in).

    AKVIS Enhancer

    With the large display and clear guides to using the settings, you can easily adjust Enhancer to give excellent results.

    Following the improvement from Enhancer, I still had a fairly soft picture, so I went to my Focus plugin (Focus Magic from Acclaim Software) and applied a modest amount of focus.

    This helped but still not sharp so I went back to Enhancer — and using only level of detail control (and a little help from lightness control) greatly improved the sharpness, detail and color of the picture.

    Now you can see there are still unwanted marks on this old picture. AKVIS Retoucher (a plugin for photo restoration) will help us.

  • Step 6. Call AKVIS Retoucher and choose a Selection Brush to color the areas to be fixed.

    Image with selected areas

    Here is the final result:

    Improved photo

 

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — How To Use The Program — How To Use The Program
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Cover Girl — Cover Girl
   — Remove Moire on Scans — Remove Moire on Scans
   — Reduce Noise on a Studio Photo — Reduce Noise on a Studio Photo
   — Color Noise Suppression — Color Noise Suppression
   — ISO and Noise — ISO and Noise
   — Suppress Noise on a Rendered Image — Suppress Noise on a Rendered Image
   — Noise Reduction on a Corrected Photo — Noise Reduction on a Corrected Photo
   — Improve a Dark Photo + Remove Noise — Improve a Dark Photo + Remove Noise
   — Make Your Photo Look Better — Make Your Photo Look Better
   — Remove JPEG-Artifacts — Remove JPEG-Artifacts
   — Lightening Dark Photos — Lightening Dark Photos

 

Noise Buster v. 9.0 - Free 10-day Trial:  Download

 

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