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Product Spotlight: Nik DFine 2.0

Tell your digital grain to shut up

Digital noise is a problem for photographers, especially if you're shooting in low light at high ISO settings. The problem is even more pronounced when using a compact camera.

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What it does: Nik DFine lets you reduce or even eliminate digital noise while maintaining overall image sharpness. In version 2.0, U Point technology allows you to easily select areas within a photo to reduce noise while leaving other areas alone. You can even apply the lower grain with brushes, or limit it to a specific range of colors. Or, you can use an auto camera profile, which will apply noise reduction based on your camera model.

Who it's for: Photographers who often shoot in low light and use higher ISOs, but need fine image quality, and compact camera users.

What else you need to use it: Mac OS 10.4 or higher, Windows 2000 Pro, XP, or Vista, Adobe Photoshop 7 and above, Elements 2-5 (Windows) or 4 and 6 (Mac), Aperture 2.1 or later.

Cost: $90

A look inside: (Photo courtesy Nik Software)

DFine's interface has been streamlined for ease of use.

Control Points allow you to apply grain reduction to specific areas or range of color.


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