Every now and then I run into a new Mac app which evokes a simple response. No, not ‘ugh.’ But ‘wow!‘ My Mac is graced with a dozen or two photo enhancement utilities that do what you can do in Photoshop but with just a few clicks, no learning curve, and no monthly subscription fee. This is the story of one such Mac app.
As much as I love my iPhone’s photos and movies, and even though photos are often competitive with high end point and shoot cameras, and occasionally rival the results gained from a DSLR, there’s one problem. Noise. Low light noise. Visual artifacts and fuzz that every iPhone user knows all too well when taking a photo in substandard lighting conditions.
There’s a reason Apple’s iPhone photo promotion samples are mostly outdoors where there is plenty of light. Enter the Noiseless Pro app for the Mac. I got this last week and all I can say is, well, ‘wow!’ This is fun. Got a grainy photo? Smooth it away with Noiseless Pro. And, no, it’s not complicated to do, either. That’s what makes it fun. Take a look.
All the work of removing artifacts, fuzz, and grain becomes point and click, and the whole interface is self-explanatory. Drop in a photo. Select a lighting preset from the right sidebar. Move the vertical slider bar left and right on the photo to see the results side-by-side with the original.
Noiseless Pro gives you options to zoom into the photo, create custom settings, add settings to favorites, but the whole process of converting a grainy low light image to something smooth and crisp to the point of pristine is simply to select a preset, adjust the horizontal slider bar as needed, view the results side-by-side with the original. It’s that easy.
Noiseless Pro can handle most photo image files for the Mac, including .PSD, RAW, TIFF, PNG, and JPG. The Pro version comes with more photo presets, and two for RAW photo files. There’s also plugin support for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and Apple’s discontinued Aperture app.
The base version of Noiseless has eight presets, but the Pro version is aimed at those who understand color space, and prefer to enhance photos from within an app like Photoshop or Lightroom. What’s remarkable about Noiseless, either version, is how quickly a smartphone photo, which usually suffers in low light situations, can be made almost professional looking with just a few clicks.
The only nit I have, and it’s a minor one, is to have some sharpening tools built-in. Many Mac photo processing apps can sharpen an image, but Noiseless is so good at removing grain and fuzz and artifacts that having a sharpening mode can eliminate some additional processing in another app.
The Noiseless developer has a number of great Mac photo apps, and, as always from smart developers, a try-before-you-buy option.