AKVIS Noise Buster can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.
- Standalone is an independent program; you can open it by clicking on the program’s icon.
To launch the standalone version, run the program directly:
On a Windows computer - select it from the Start menu or use the program’s shortcut.
On a Macintosh computer - launch the app from the Applications folder.
- Plugin is an add-on for a photo editor, for example for Photoshop.
To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.
The AKVIS Noise Buster's workspace looks like this:
Features of the Workspace:
Most of the AKVIS Noise Buster workspace is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. In the Before tab the original image is shown, while in the After tab you can see the result. You can compare the original image with the result by just left-clicking on any point of the image.
Note that if After tab is pressed, it initiates image processing with the current settings.
You can select how Image Window and Before/After tabs will be shown by adjusting the View Modes in the bottom part of the left panel.
In the upper part of the window you can see the Control Panel.
Тo the left of the main window there is the Toolbar. The tools' parameters are shown in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image.
Pre-Processing Tools (in the Before tab):
- The button switches on/off the Quick Preview area (more about the preview).
- The button (only in the standalone version) activates the Crop tool which allows cutting off unwanted areas in the image.
Post-Processing Tools (available in the After tab):
Attention! If you switch to the Before tab and run the image processing again, the changes made with these tools will be lost!
- The button activates the Smudge tool which helps to refine the image by removing unwanted irregularities.
- The button activates the History Brush tool which restores areas to their original state.
- The button activates the Smart Blur tool which smoothes out grain and noise while preserving outlines and details. It is available only under Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
The tools' parameters:
- Size affects the tool's diameter.
- Hardness affects the blurriness of the tools edges. The lower the value the more blurry the tool's edges become.
- Strength affects the force of the tool applied to the image.
- The button activates the Hand tool, which allows you to scroll the image when it does not fit within Image Window at the desired scale. To use it click on the button, bring the cursor over the image, and while keeping the left mouse button pressed move in the desired direction.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image fit the Image Window.
- The button activates the Zoom tool, which changes the image's scale. To zoom in left click on the image. To zoom out right click on the image. Press Z to quickly access the tool.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).
Moving and scaling the image is done in the Navigator. In the Navigator you can see the reduced copy of the image. A frame surrounds the part of the image visible in the Image Window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged to display a different part of the image. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and while keeping it pressed, drag the cursor.
Additionally, you can move the image in the Image Window with the scroll bars or by holding down the space bar, then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse’s scroll wheel can move the image up and down, and holding Ctrl (⌘ in Macintosh) – while using the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt (Option in Macintosh) will scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.
Use the buttons and , as well as the slider to scale the image in the Image Window. By clicking on or by moving the slider to the right, you scale up the image; by clicking on or by moving the slider to the left, you scale down the image in the Image Window.
It is also possible to enter a new scale coefficient into the appropriate field. Frequently used scale coefficients can be found in a fall-down menu.
You can also scale the image using hot-keys: + and Ctrl++ (⌘++ on Macintosh) to scale up the image, - and Ctrl+- (⌘+- on Macintosh) to scale down the image.
In the Settings Panel you can see parameters for manual adjustment.
In the Presets field you can save favorite settings as a preset to use them in the future. The current settings can be saved, edited, deleted. When you launch the program, it uses the "Auto Filtering" preset.
Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.