How To Noise Reduction In Photoshop

If you are a photographer, you are probably aware that capturing the perfect photo is only part of the challenge. The rest involves editing and adjusting the image in post-production, typically using software such as Adobe Photoshop. One issue that many digital photographers face is ‘noise’, which causes a grainy appearance. Fortunately, Photoshop offers effective noise reduction tools that can improve the quality of your image without compromising on detail. Let’s explore how you can utilize these tools for your benefit.

Step 1: Open Your Image in Photoshop

Firstly, you need to open your image in Photoshop. You can do this by clicking on File > Open and then selecting the image file from your computer.

Step 2: Duplicate the Background Layer

Once your image is open, duplicate the background layer. This allows you to apply changes without altering the original image. To do this, go to the Layers Panel, right click on the Background layer and select Duplicate Layer.

Step 3: Select the Noise Reduction Tool

Now, let’s move to the actual noise reduction. Navigate to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise. This will open the Reduce Noise dialog box.

Step 4: Adjust the Noise Reduction Settings

// Here are the main settings you can adjust in the dialog box:

// Strength: This controls the amount of noise reduction. A higher value reduces more noise.

// Preserve Details: Higher values preserve more details but may also preserve some noise. Lower values remove more noise but also more image detail.

// Reduce Color Noise: This helps to remove color specks in your image.

// Sharpen Details: This sharpens your image after the noise reduction.

After adjusting these settings, click OK to apply the noise reduction.

Step 5: Compare the Before and After

Finally, to see the difference, you can toggle the visibility of your duplicate layer on and off. This will allow you to compare the original image with your noise reduced version and make further adjustments if necessary.


Reducing noise in Photoshop can seem daunting at first, but with a bit of practice and understanding of the tools available, you’ll be able to enhance your images easily. Remember, every photo is unique, so the settings that work for one might not work as well for another. Keep experimenting until you find what works best for your images. Happy editing!