Photoshop: Recommend a Noise Reduction App plugin, Please?

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My PC :  Desktop, Windows 10 home 64b. 1909
PS cc   :  Photoshop cc 2018
Image  :  RAW files (ARW & CR2)

Images shot in low light and long exposure have excessive noise & need to be reduced by noise reduction app.

Google Nik Collection was added to Photoshop cc 2018 on my PC.  But it won't  install anymore today after a OS reinstall on my PC.

Please recommend a freeware Noise Reduction App compatible with PS cc 2018 & my PC.

Thank you.
ShuyA.
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Cristen Gillespie

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While 2018 is no longer supported, Camera Raw has reasonably decent noise reduction—and it's free. Photoshop has Reduce Noise, and it's in your product. You're saying those don't work well enough?

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Thank you.

Google Nik Collection was installed & plugged in PS cc 218 in 2018.  Tried to install the same app the other day on my second PC, but failed.  1xc0000007b popped up.  I wonder why.  The 2 desktop PCs on my workbench are he same, brand, model, OS, all the same & were purchased at the same time.  Wonder why I could install Google Nik Collection then but cannot now.

Do you have suggestions how to install Google Nik Collection on Windows 10 home 64b. 1909 ?

Thanks.
ShuyA.
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Dave Grainger

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Free is the lowest price.
Freeware is the worst choice.
Spend a few $$ and get yourself updated!
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James Gray

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I think that Topaz DeNoise AI is well wort the money.  I agree that freeware is the worst choice!!
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I agree. The AI version has come a long way and is manually adjustable as well. It's not cheap, though, and saying anyone should spend money in this economy is something I'm reluctant to do.

You can still do pretty well if your image isn't VERY noisy with CR/LR, or PS Noise Reduction.
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Just to endorse Topaz Denoise AI. By far the best of the top end apps. The Artificial Intelligence is very clever indeed. Pricey butI pair it with topaz Sharpen AI (yet more expensive) and together they do wonders. They have rescued shots I'd have dumped!
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Dave Grainger

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Yes, I agree regarding Topaz. Most Topaz stuff works quite well!
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There are some more things you can do in Lightroom that give you much more control with the sliders:

1.Effects/Texture slider
2.Details/Noise Reduction slider

This is a much more professional technique for precision adjustments.

Not a big fan of third-party plugins

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These are the best noise reduction software and plugins to remove noise in photography:
  • Lightroom: Reduces the noise in the RAW file in a simple, fast, and accurate way.
  • Photoshop: One of the best forms of noise removal software since it allows us to selectively reduce noise using masks.
  • Topaz Denoise AI: Anti-noise plugin using a smart function that analyzes and treats digital photography noise.
  • Noiseware: Plugin developed by the company Imagenomic. It is one of the simplest and most effective ways to get rid of the noise
  • Skylum Luminar: Offers different ways to eliminate noise in a similar way to Lightroom.
  • Nik Dfine 2: Offers a relatively simple noise reduction plugin inside the Nik Collection pro package.
  • Capture One: In addition to luminance and chromatic noise reduction adjustments, it provides a slider called “single-pixel” for hot pixels reduction.
  • Noise Ninja: One of the most popular plugins to reduce noise for photographers. It is included in the Photoninja package.
  • Neat image pro: External plugin dedicated to eliminating noise in photos.
  • DxO Optics Pro 11 elite: This software offers different algorithms and can be used both independently or integrated into Lightroom.
If you want my opinion, Lightroom is the best program In terms of noise reduction, inside the “Develop” module, there is a “Detail” section where you can find different sliders to reduce luminance noise and reduce chromatic noise. You can also adjust this noise reduction according to your particular photograph. These programs/apps are great for reducing digital noise; but, nothing is better than knowing the correct hardware adjustments on your equipment to maximize the quality of your finished product. "Good luck, I hope this helps!"

   

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Since you are using CC 2018 and not updating, is this a licensed copy?