Lightroom: How to have the Loupe View make noise smoothing easier.

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Put the Loupe Window into 8:1 mode (each image pixel represented by an 8x8 array of screen pixels). The noise variations become much more visible than in 1:1 mode, and it becomes easy to see when you have done just enough smoothing. Remember that the 8:1 image is "under a microscope", so you should complete your noise smoothing and go back to either the 1:1 or Fit display mode before you do other operations.

I recommend doing noise smoothing before ANY other operations. Some operations appear to enhance un-smoothed noise.
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Chris Cox

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Loupe view in which product?
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Tom Jirak

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Photoshop Lightroom - might work in other Products & Plug-ins that do noise smoothing because it makes pixel-level phenomenas more obvious. Sorry I wasn't more specific.
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The order in which you apply Develop changes in Lightroom and Camera Raw is irrelevant to the result. The order of application is actually hard-coded into the raw processing pipeline.
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What is the order of Develop changes? Will noise smoothing be done before contrast or sharpening? Are the stack of Develop changes re-executed each time I add a new change item? If I generate a print after substantial retouch, and then decide to apply noise smoothing, will the smoothing operation be done on the image before all the other operations I already defined? If so, would the previously defined contrast enhancement and sharpening give different results than when I defined them (because some image variations are gone)?

By the way, I think noise smoothing is very impressive!
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The order is optimized and uncontrollable, so don't worry about it. There's no "stack" of develop changes. The parameters as they are set are all that are applied.

The only way to mess up the order is to do something, export, re-import, and then do stuff to the re-imported image. Try not to do that.