Continuing Comparison Tests of ON1 NoNoise AI vs Topaz DeNoise AI 3.2.02b from yesterday (7/6/21) — Note: my earlier posts were moved here by someone else (above) from their original post site.
Using Win 10 Pro PC.
Standalone versions of both programs.
Worked with a single Lumix raw image with ISO = 25,600 (night photo with heavy noise - incl. color noise)
Focus Today for me = Masking Functions/User Interface in the 2 products.
Bottom Line: ON1 NoNoise AI’s masking outperformed Topaz DeNoise AI 188.8.131.52b’s masking functionality and interface options in my tests. The ON1 NoNoise AI masking experience is more feature-rich, and offers more flexible and easy-to-use masking functionality than Topaz DAI 184.108.40.206b. NoNoise AI’s masking more closely resembles the types of masking features/functions present in Topaz Studio. The one exception - I like the color paint on overlay feature that helps me see where I’m brushing in DAI.
Snips showing what I saw in the two competing products… ON1 NoNoise followed by Topaz DAI. Labelled in filenames.
Original Lumix Raw Image in ON1’s NoNoise AI Interface (see above for image specs):
Preview of Globally Denoised Raw Image in ON1’s NoNoise AI Interface:
Split Side x Side Preview (Orig/Denoised) in ON1 NoNoise AI UI:
Enlargeable BW Mask - Easy to View + Very Accurate “Edge Aware” Brush Tool in ON1 NoNoise AI masking UI (enabled by creating a separate layer + ability to lock denoising/sharpening values for masking in the NNAI masking interface):
Raw image with Selective Masking (sky was masked to show denoising, all ground elements were unmasked - to retain orig noise - for test purposes) in the ON1 NoNoise AI interface:
- From a global image perspective, Topaz DAI 220.127.116.11b using “Severe Noise” mode + add’l. Color Noise slider adjustment was comparable to ON1’s NoNoise AI result with this Lumix raw image. All tests were viewed at 100 & 200%. Brush masking was handled with full image elements visible in the UI; not zoomed in.
Topaz DAI 18.104.22.168b 4-Way Comparison View of the Lumix Raw Image. Significant advantage to see all denoising options/modes together to pick one to work with:
Topaz DAI 22.214.171.124b Side x Side Comparison View - ORIG & Severe Noise:
Topaz DAI 126.96.36.199b - Masking Interface with Lumix Raw Image (for comparison vs ON1 NNAI:
Topaz DAI 188.8.131.52b - Masking Brush Color Overlay Helps See Where Painting Mask over Image: [Edge Aware is set to on, but doesn’t conform well to edges - doesn’t matter if complex like leaves or smoother edges… unlike ON1 NNAI which seemed tuned to cling to appropriate edges]
Topaz DAI 3.2.0.b - Snip of Sky DeNoised and Ground Elements Masked to Retain Look of ORIG Image (for denoising comparison…):
** Disclaimer: I don’t like to over-sharpen in a denoising program. My goal is to get rid of unwanted noise without adding sharpening that would impact my creative post-processing workflow. After I add creative effects to images, then I sharpen - usually in a program like Topaz SAI or in Ps 2021 that has tools targeted to sharpening.