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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.

What is Noise?
Virtually, all digital cameras inherently create unwanted imperfections known as noise. The amount or type of noise in an image typically depends on the quality and type of imaging sensor with which it was created.

Contrast (Luminance) noise and color (Chrominance) noise can be individually present in an image or might be seen in the same image. Fast or high ISO speeds and low light levels can add noise to images, while some images might exhibit high levels of JPEG artifacts.

Dfine 2.0 Interface
The new resizable interface lets you easily incorporate noise reduction into your workflow and quickly preview the results from the noise reduction applied.

Selective Functionality
Selectively applying noise reduction can lead to an image with better detail and clarity. By limiting where noise reduction is applied, details in those areas that do not require noise reduction can be preserved.

In addition to being able to apply noise reduction to the entire image globally, Dfine 2.0 offers you three different methods of applying noise reduction selectively.

Color Ranges: Reduces noise within individual color ranges. This method works best when applying selective noise reduction in a batch process. Selectively applying noise reduction can lead to an image with better detail and clarity. By limiting where noise reduction is applied, details in those areas that do not require noise reduction can be preserved.

Control Points: Use U Point technology to automatically isolate objects based on their unique characteristics. The U Point technology powered Control Points let you identify and isolate objects within a photograph by placing a Control Point on the object or area to be affected. By analyzing the color, tonality, detail, and location, the Control Point automatically determines where to apply certain affects, based on the your needs.

Each Control Point controls Contrast and Color noise reduction applied to the object to which it is attached. All Control Points within the active image communicate with each other, providing continuity of control over multiple objects throughout the image.

After configuring some Color Ranges and applying different amounts of noise reduction to each range, you can look at the Color Noise or Contrast Noise Mask Preview Modes to see how noise reduction is affecting the image.

Selective Tool: Lets you apply Dfine 2.0 only where you want using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements' Brush Tool, automatically and managing layers and layer masks. The Selective Tool can be used with pressure sensitive tablets such as a Wacom Pen Tablet to selectively apply noise reduction with pressure sensitivity.

The Selective Tool is only compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.