Reduce digital noise in your photos in Adobe Lightroom.

What you learned: How to reduce noise with the Noise Reduction controls

A common problem in photography is the appearance of distracting digital noise in your photos, which is usually caused by low light or a high ISO setting on your camera. You can quickly reduce excess noise with Lightroom.

Reduce noise from your photos

  1. With your photo selected, click the Edit icon.
  2. Open the Detail panel to reveal the Noise Reduction slider.
  3. Before you make any adjustments click the 1:1 icon in the toolbar, or click on the photo to zoom into the actual size of the image. This zoom level is the best way to discover unwanted noise and to evaluate your noise reduction adjustments. Any other zoom level could be inaccurate or misleading.
  4. Move the Noise Reduction slider to the right to reduce the noise in your photo. Keep your adjustment subtle. The noise reduction process smooths pixels, and it can remove fine detail. The goal is never to remove noise completely. Instead, focus on reducing noise so that it is not distracting.

Tip: If you are having trouble seeing the noise reduction effect, as you drag, press the Option key (MacOS) or the Alt key (Windows) to view a grayscale image.

Reduce color noise

  • If your image has color noise (multicolored pixels), drag the Color Noise Reduction slider to the right to reduce the color noise.


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