Noise reduction, much like sharpening, is one of those post-processing tools that is often overused or used improperly, yielding terrible results. But as Bryan O’Neill Hughes shows you in the video above, tackling noise in Photoshop can be both easy and effective just as long as you know what you’re doing.
Here are some before and after screenshots that show the example image before and after noise reduction:
In the Photoshop Playbook tutorial, Hughes shows you how he takes care of both color noise and luminance noise in Camera RAW and Photoshop, offering a few helpful tips along the way. Ironically, the one way Hughes suggests you avoid reducing noise, is by using Photoshop’s ‘Reduce Noise’ filter… go figure.