JPG Artifacting - How to Super Clean Your Images!
10 Sep 2009
Over the years, I have had several digital cameras; 2mp, 3, 4...8... etc... well, I would like to use some of those photos, but they are noisy, full of jpeg artifacts and lots of pixelation that needs cleaning...
I use Photoshop CS for this task and store all of my images in iPhoto 08. While researching filters for CS, I came across a demo of a plugin called "Neat Image". http://neatimage.com/
The demo only works on the upper left 1024 x 1024 sized area; but it showed enough on my image to convince me to pay for the full version. It is amazing the difference after using Neat Image: Here is a sample of the artifacting and noise that it removes: http://blog.nekophoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/sample.jpg
I can now use all of my older images that were completely useless for stock, enlargements, and many other uses. It does soften areas that are really noisy, but I'd rather have a softer usable image than noisy useless chunks.
The application is made for Mac & PC and there are other applications besides PS that it will work perfectly with.
The other option, of course; is to buy a Canon MkIII and reshoot every one of your 12,999 images in your library... ;-P