Combo Apps/The Denoise Project 4

PS Express - Noise Master - Filterstorn Neue - Noiseware

Over three years ago I did a blog called The Denoise Project in 2011. Since then I’ve done two other blog post to follow, The Denoise Project II and Denoise Update Blog.

Richard Lane asked me to an update post and wanted me to compare Noiseware along with three other apps, PS Express, Noise Master and Filterstorm Neue. It seem time to do this blog post again with a newer iPhone. A lot has changed over the past three and half years with all the iPhones. People think you need more megapixels to have better quality photos. Apple has proved that wrong with sticking to 8 megapixels and just improving the camera to improve photo quality. I’m also going to add TIFF files comparison along with JEPGs.


The best photos to the test are the ones I took with Vivid HDR. This will be the JPEG demo.

PS Express

The first app is PS Express, they had the in-app purchases of $6.99 to unlock premium editing tools. One of them was the Reduce Noise as you can see with the different percentages of noise reduction. You really don’t see anything clearing up to well or smoothing out the noise. What used to be one of the best Denoise app has turned into one of the worst. On top of that you can only edit JPEGs files. When you load a TIFF, an error message will pop up on the screen and make you load a JPEG version instead.

Noise Master

The next app is Noise Master, as you can see it does a decent job of clearing and smoothing out noise. The advantage of having this app is you can load TIFF files with this app. It’s one of the most simple Denoise app on the market.

Filterstorm Neue

Filterstorm Neue is next and seems really disappointing compared to the old Filterstom. It seem to blur the photo to cover up the noise instead of fixing the noise. It’s also hard to control the Strength and Threshold at the same time, especially when you want to keep the number even.


This is Noiseware and from the looks of it the winner with smoothing out noise with JPEG files. I just used the normal preset that were on the app.


Here is the TIFF demo, as you can see it’s really noisy and was taken with Vivid HDR. I’m going to see if I can clean up the noise with three apps. Since PS EXpress only does JPEG, I’ll be using Noise Master, Filterstorm Neue and Noiseware. Let the games begin…

Noise Master TIFF

I’m going to start with Noise Master. It does a really nice job in cleaning up areas in the cloud and sky. I do noticed that you will lose details when you get past 50%. Also when you use Noise Master with TIFF files after you save the files, they become JPEG saves.

Filterstorm Neue TIFF

Next is Filterstorm Neue and the results seems to look better with TIFF files.You can still see it a little but not too bad. When you Denoise the TIFFs with Filterstorm Neue, you can save them as TIFFs.

Noiseware TIFF

Last is Noiseware, it does the best job in my opinion compared to the other two apps. The only con to this app is your files will be saved as JPEGs. You don’t have the option to change the saves. Since the app is $3.99, I feel you should have the options of having different file save formats. It would be nice to save them as TIFFs or PNGs.

Overall, PS EXpress has turned into the biggest disappointment but I feel even with the impressive results with Noiseware. It’s disappointing with JEPG only saves. Noise Master seems to be the happy medium of all the apps and the cheapest. I wasn’t impressed with Filterstorm Neue even with the TIFF and PNG saves. It’s a tough call on whose the winner in this blog post. I would say figure out what’s important and what you’re willing to sacrifice.

If you have any questions about this blog post please leave comments or email me Have a great day and HAPPY EDITING !!!



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5 Responses to Combo Apps/The Denoise Project 4

  1. Ithalu says:

    Thank you so much for the information, I only have one app that you mention here.

  2. imapurrson says:

    Very interesting information. Fantastic comparisons, too. Thank you for the great reviews of the different apps. I’ve got all of them except for Noiseware. I’m going to put that one on my watch list. I always appreciate, very much, your time and effort put into your blog! 😃

  3. eucalyptha says:

    Thank you for this. It is really helpfull.

  4. rjllane says:

    Hello ashcroft54 (Tina).

    Thank-you for your usual thorough and honest appraisal of different apps. I’m very much in your debt for doing this comparison. Interesting results.

    I’ve also become aware of the denoising facility in Photogene. This has separate Luminance and Chroma controls. I have found this handy in low light conditions when Chroma noise (i.e., stray red/green/blue pixels) is often an unwanted distraction. It does a fairly good job of treating this condition in my opinion.

    🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

    p.s. A lovely test image of an Orchid Rockrose flower (×_purpureus)

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