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Reduce Noise and Save the Stars with EasyNR in Photoshop

I’ll show you how to install and use EasyNR for intelligent, star-masked noise reduction in Photoshop, in one-click.

Noise reduction is one of the most important post-processing requirements for almost all astrophotography images. While each image is different, each image always requires at least a little. The problem is, far too often noise reduction kills the finer details, and turns the stars into ugly little smudges. Jon Secord worked with us at PhotographingSpace to create EasyNR, a Photoshop action that can fix most astrophotography noise issues without killing the stars.

Before and after using EasyNR

After you install EasyNR into Photoshop, you will have:

  • 4 levels of one-click EasyNR masked noise reduction
  • Star masking to save detail in the bright parts of your photo
  • Noise reduction where you want it, focused on areas of your photo that are more likely to contain more noise
  • The ability to chain multiple levels of the same or other EasyNR levels for subtle to extreme effects

How to install and use EasyNR

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About the author

Cory Schmitz

Co-founder of PhotographingSpace.com, co-owner of several telescopes and mounts, too many cameras, and not enough hard drives, Cory is an American expat living in South Africa with his wife, Tanja Schmitz.

An avid astrophotographer for timelapse, deep-space imaging, lunar, planetary, and star trail imagery, he is an all-around jack-of-most-trades for night-sky photography.

He is also an internationally published and commissioned astrophotographer, where his photos have been used in multiple online and print publications.

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