Lightroom: Masking for noise reduction

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I'd find it very useful to have visibility into, and control over, the mask which is applied to the image when Noise Reduction is applied.

Ideally, this would be implemented in a fashion similar to that currently given to the user for Sharpening masking. For Noise Reduction, the mask slider would control the luminosity below which NR is applied.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Good idea
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Simon King

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yup great idea - one that I arrived at independently and came to suggest
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Rob Cole

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I'd prefer general purpose auto-masking technology - once target region isolated, noise reduction, or any other localizable setting could be applied.

For example, if one could paint a region, but stipulate the area to be affected based on:

* RGB luminosity
* HSL color hue, saturation, and or luminosity.
* Texture (like sharpen mask).

with control over brushing to aid selectivity, e.g.
* only select continguous pixels.
* do not leave stipple.

i.e. Nik's U-points meet Lr's auto-masking brush, on steroids..

Of course, such could be used globally without painting too (equivalent to painting with one big brush over the whole image).

If done properly, the sharpen mask itself could be done away with, since sharpening would be like any other maskable adjustment..

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I will a +1 to the Rob Cole suggestion of a noise reduction based on Luminosity, Hue, Texture etc.
I have needed to use Nik Software for this task.
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+1, to have Colour and Luminance NR masking with a user selectable threshold would be extremely useful
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Benjamin Root

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I'd like to add my name to the list of those who would find this feature extremely useful!