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Actually DELETE THE NOISE with “Mean” in Photoshop!

December 10, 2019

Hi there, this is Unmesh from PiXimperfect
and today I’m going to share with you a simple photography trick to remove harsh noise with
Photoshop. So let’s say you’re in a situation where there
isn’t much light and the pictures are coming out noisy and you cannot even do long exposure,
this technique is for you. Doesn’t matter what you’re taking your photos
with, whether it’s a phone, a camera or even a webcam, anything will work. So without any further ado, let’s get started. Before we begin, my friend, we need to understand
there are two parts to this technique – the photography part and the Photoshop part. In the photography part, you’re in a situation,
let’s say, you only have your phone, it’s very dark, pictures are coming out noisy,
all you got to do is to keep your camera stabilized or your phone stabilized at the same place
and just take a bunch of photos. That’s it. Even if it’s coming out noisy, don’t worry
about it. Just take a bunch of photos. If you can stabilize your shot. Amazing. Let’s say you have a tripod. Amazing. GorillaPod or a table or a railing where you
can keep your camera. Great. If you cannot do that, no problem at all,
let’s say you’re taking photos with your phone, just keep your hand as stabilized as possible
and take 15 to 25 or higher number of shots. Once you have taken all the shots, bring them
into your computer. And now let’s begin with what we have to do
with Photoshop. So here we are back in the magical world of
Lightroom this time and we have all our photos open right here. If you have a look, it has a ton of noise. Now, if you’re worrying about not having Lightroom
or you just have photos on a folder or something, don’t worry about it. I’m going to tell you what to do if you just
have them in a folder. But, in case you’re using Lightroom to import
your photos and keeping them organized, this is the way you do it. As you can see you have a ton of noise. This is actually one of my speakers, I took
a photo of it. And I’ve taken a lot of photos actually, if
you have a look at this. We won’t be using all of them. The more photos we use, the more cleaner it’s
going to be, but, it’s going to take a longer time. So, for the sake of keeping this tutorial
short, we’re not going to use a lot of photos. But if you have a close look, look at the
amount of noise. I’ve actually turned off Noise Reduction. Look at this, that is a whole lot of noise. So all you gotta do is to open a bunch of
photos. So I’m going to choose the first 15, or let’s
go with the first 20. So I’m going to choose the first one, click
on the first one, hold the Shift key, I’m going to click on the last one, or in this
case, the 20th. And all we got to do is to right click on
this and then we need to open all of this as layers in Photoshop. And to do that, just go to Edit In – Open
as Layers in Photoshop. And now Photoshop will do its job automatically. So it will slowly and gradually open all of
these images on top of one another inside of the Layers panel. All this is 16 bit. So it took a little while. To make the tutorial a little faster and shorter,
let’s change it to 8 bit. Let’s go to Image – Mode and then just change
it to 8 bit. You can keep it 16 bit if you want to. Now, in my case, I actually used a tripod
to take all of these shots and that’s why all of them are now aligned. So if I turn this off, turn this one off. As you can see, all of these photos are aligned. They’re not moving as like turn them off and
on. But if you had taken them handheld, you might
see a little bit of movement. And in that case, you might have to align
them using Photoshop. So let’s say if they were handheld and not
aligned, you can select all of those layers by selecting the first one, hold the Shift
key, select the last one and then go to Edit – Auto Align Layers, keep it at Auto and hit
OK. It will automatically align all the layers
for you. But mine is already aligned. So I don’t have to do that. Now once aligned, we just have to group all
of these, but just in a Smart Object, not a layer group. Alright, so select the first one, hold the
Shift key, select the last one and then right click on them and choose Convert to Smart
Object. Now it will group all of these layers into
one Smart Object, as you can see, right there. If you double click on the thumbnail, another
document will show up with all the layers, so it still has every content in it, as you
can see right there. Alright, so we can actually close that. Now, we just have to make a copy for backup. So select this layer, Ctrl or Command + J
to make a copy, and let’s name this Noise Free. All we got to do now is to use one of the
stacking capabilities of Smart Objects. So let’s go to Layer and inside of that Smart
Objects, have a look at this, Stack Mode. There’s a lot of ways which we can stack and
maybe this is for future tutorials. But the one thing we are concerned about right
here is Mean. So select Mean and it will average out all
the noise in all of those pictures. Have a look at this. It’s done. Let’s have a closer look. So here is the before, here is the after. Actually, the noise did go a lot. See this logo right there. Here’s the before. You couldn’t even read it properly. Turn it on. Look at this, before – after, before – after. So much more cleaner. Have a look at this part of the image, this
nail, right there on the wall. Here’s the before, here’s the after. So much noise removal so easily. All you got to do is take a bunch of photos. Now, the more photos you take, the cleaner
it’s going to get just keep in mind that all of the photos are aligned perfectly or Photoshop
aligns them perfectly. Now Photoshop cannot align your photos if
you change the angle on every photo. So be a little careful. Take steady shots as much as you can, and
you’re good to go. So that’s how to remove noise using the Mean
Stacking Mode in Photoshop. Of course, there are a lot of other ways to
do it. This is just one of them. The only problem with this technique is that,
let’s say, there’s a moving object in the photo and we took a bunch of photos. Even if the camera is stabilized, you won’t
be able to Mean at all because the object is moving. Then it will become a whole mess. So this technique is limited only to stationary
objects. That’s the only drawback. I hope this video helped you and if it did,
make sure to give us a like and also don’t forget to subscribe and not just subscribe,
ring the bell so that you, my friend, don’t miss any other future tip, trick or tutorial. I would like to take this moment to thank
all these nice and amazing people for supporting this channel on Patreon and helping keep PiXimperfect
free for everybody forever. Thanks for all your support. Thank you for watching. I’ll see you guys in my next one. Till then stay tuned and make sure that you
keep creating. Let’s do a quick little recap. First of all, bring all the photos to your
computer, open it up in Lightroom, then import all of them into Photoshop as layers. Now, if you’re not using Lightroom, here’s
how to do it. All you got to do is to go to File – Scripts
and then Load Files into Stack. Then you can select your individual photos
or you can also open a folder. So let’s say we want to choose a folder, click
on Browse and then I’m going to choose the folder which has all the photos of the speaker. So this is the folder, hit OK. And every image in that folder should show
up as it did. Now you can simply hit OK and all of them
will open as layers in Photoshop. Once aligned, again select all of them and
convert it into a Smart Object. Right click on it and choose Convert to Smart
Object. It will convert all of them into one single
Smart Object. And then make a copy of that Smart Object
just to reference the before and after if you want to, and then simply go to Layers
– Smart Object, and inside of that Stack Mode and Mean. Select that and you’re pretty much good to go.


  • Reply Mo H July 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm

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  • Reply Abu Aba July 28, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    where is

  • Reply brian baierl July 29, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Could you make many copyl layers instead of multiple photos to also do this trick? Thanks for the awesome tip.

  • Reply ICD July 29, 2019 at 5:25 am

    No homo this guy is extremely handsome.

  • Reply Lichtkleid July 29, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Is there a freeware for this?

  • Reply Live Moments July 29, 2019 at 7:29 am


  • Reply Nando Harmsen July 29, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Hi Unmesh,
    It is a technique I used for quite some while already. But I always use "median stack" instead of "Mean stack"
    I know both work, but can you clarify why you would chose one or the other?
    Thank you and keep up the good tutorials.

  • Reply Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz July 29, 2019 at 11:07 am

    nice tutorial.

  • Reply Ahmed Sabry July 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    First of all, I am a big fan of your channel. Very Nice information. If the main requirement is to take a number of shots "steadily" , and for the sake of the tutorial, you have used a tripod. so why we just set the ISO to something like 100 and increase the shutter speed?

  • Reply Radu Alexandru July 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    if you use a tripod.. why not increase the exposure time?

  • Reply Justin Tipper July 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    This guy needs to be recognised in the New Year Honours List!

  • Reply hurrypol July 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    the method for astronomical pics πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Gio Prangija July 29, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    If you have only one picture can you just duplacate it 20 times

  • Reply Randy Robinson July 29, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    4:21 Capapbilities ? what is that ? all jokes aside… good job educating the general public on Photoshop !

  • Reply BOPINHO JR July 29, 2019 at 11:10 pm


  • Reply Aakash TIGERGRAPHY July 30, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Can v use a single picture in multiple mode..if v dont have more pic

  • Reply a bhat July 30, 2019 at 3:25 am

    If I copy of a noisy picture 20 times & then prosses this technique, is it work ?

  • Reply Rodrigo Vargas July 30, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Hi Unmesh!
    I love the music you use in your intros. Where do you source them from? If you can let us know it would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Reply Siyanda Radebe July 30, 2019 at 5:52 am

    What you were to just duplicate the layer multiple times instead of taking a lot of pictures? would it still work?

  • Reply Gayan Manoj July 30, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Thank you brother

  • Reply Art Aura Impressions July 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

    that's a great tut and i have learned a lot…Thanks Unmesh. But what if i take the picture once and then duplicate it about 25 times and then use them instead of taking the pictures 25 or the required number or times?

  • Reply John Damage July 30, 2019 at 10:59 am

    That tip is worth money πŸ™‚

  • Reply YorTube July 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Hello bro whats the your microphone name ?

  • Reply Thomas Popple July 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Will this work if you make numerous copies of the same photo to use as a stack?

  • Reply Fer- x July 30, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Excelente video!

  • Reply TaharasLounge July 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Great tip!! Can’t wait to use it!!

  • Reply Christian Bettencourt July 31, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Unmesh, I will start with you are incredible, with absolute English clarity language and remarkable and excellent video tutorials.
    Here is my question.
    Have you used Adobe Fireworks CS6?
    I work with the Canvas feature. Create a canvas, copy and paste images into the canvas, easily change the canvas backgrounds, resize the images within the canvas, show grid while resizing the images within the canvas, the images automatically are centered vertically and horizontally as you move the images within the canvas.
    Adobe discontinued Fireworks and they have not incorporated this feature into Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 nor into Adobe Photoshop CC2019 that I am aware of.
    Does Photoshop CC2019 have the Fireworks CS6 Canvas Features as described above?

    Thank you Unmesh.

  • Reply roofoofighter August 1, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Would this process work for erasing tourists in busy tourist attractions?

  • Reply Vilda August 1, 2019 at 6:47 am

    please create tutorial how to make nice HDR photo, you're the best !

  • Reply Yongky Siaw August 1, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Kinda like hdr+ from google camera.

  • Reply Patrick A. August 2, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Nice Video, but what's with the noise reduction in Lr, is this method so much better? 😬
    I will try it next time, I'm really curious what looks best at the end 😁

  • Reply karayuschij August 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

    What if you remove some of the noise in Lightroom before, in particular the color noise?

  • Reply Indian Swag Vines August 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Great keep it up

  • Reply Harry Cottam August 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Another great video! Thanks a million.

  • Reply Hassan Rafiee August 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Ψ―Ω…Ψͺ Ϊ―Ψ±Ω… 😍

  • Reply Korou Khuman August 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Hi, can noise be reduced if I duplicate the same image or import the same image multiple times and follow this method. Thanks!

  • Reply Denys Matuzenko August 4, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    What is the actual application of this? If i have a tripod and objects are not moving – i'd use longer shutter speed… or?

  • Reply Stay4P August 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I like you're tutorials, but if I need to keep my shutter short, my problem is that I can't take 25 same pictures of the object, cause of movement or whatever. I can't mind a situation, where I need to crank my ISO without the object is moving.

  • Reply Andrew Harvey August 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Amazing guy πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Reply Leo Dalawis August 6, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Thank you very much!! helpful😊

  • Reply Steve Kazemir August 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome…I just used this EXACT technique for a different purpose. I don;t have an ND filter, but wanted to smooth out the water flowing in a river. I took ~10 images, and applied this technique. The water smoothed out the same as an ND filter would do, and the rest of the image was crisp clear! Love your channel!

  • Reply Azulfilms August 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm


  • Reply EJ Blanco August 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

    will it work if i duplicate/copy-paste the 1 photo 20 times?

  • Reply Sunny studio August 11, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I really need this man thank u

  • Reply Harish Rajendran August 11, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Vera level bro ne

  • Reply Luc Waumans August 12, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Is it possible to use one picture, make a lot of copies in PS and to than the noise reduction? I'll keep creating!

  • Reply Tareq Agil August 12, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Next, Can u make how to clarify the recording sound pls

  • Reply Demetrios Sporgitas August 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    You've just won a subscriber!

  • Reply SIL3NCE August 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Bruh ur hair cut is wayyyyyy to clean lol πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Rahman Adianto August 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    love you

  • Reply Rams Velez August 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm


  • Reply Michel Berube August 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Yes, please do a tutorial on the various stack modes for smart objects. Thx

  • Reply bmizzle010 August 16, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    So who is gonna have multiple images of a subject in the exact same position?

  • Reply David UyabΓ‘n August 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I loved this video and your way of explaining things! You just got a new fan bro!

  • Reply Miri Paskalev August 19, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Hi Unmeah. Great video as always. What do you think about this: insted of shooting 20-30 photos, you shoot just one and make 30 layers in photoshop. And you don't have to align them. Please tell me do you think this will work?

  • Reply Manage Print & Packaging August 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Incredible Talent. Good JOB.

  • Reply Pin Designs August 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    What if you take 1 photo?

  • Reply Ashok Bajracharya August 25, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent tutorial sir thank you so much.

  • Reply Pendeho Familya Records August 26, 2019 at 8:36 am

    6:20 to skip

  • Reply Daniel Ramos August 27, 2019 at 3:57 pm


  • Reply allyouaskfor August 30, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I’m starting to think you ARE Photoshop. Adobe has made Photoshop into a humanoid.

  • Reply Tristan Lope August 30, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    You're a genius. Thank you.

  • Reply iglarencio September 1, 2019 at 3:42 am

    No seriously, how did he know that??

  • Reply Carlos Rodriguez September 2, 2019 at 3:38 am

    You said it would limit actions shots right? Can't we just make copies of that one action picture in Photoshop and then do the same process to it?

  • Reply David Adrian Tellez Garcia September 3, 2019 at 3:16 am

    excuse me, but in filter noise mean itΒ΄s same efect

  • Reply Collin Myrboh September 4, 2019 at 2:20 am

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  • Reply Zac Redington September 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I wish this guy taught stuff I would use. I don't even own Photoshop but these tutorials are just so engaging and well made that I'm more than happy to watch them as they come.

  • Reply Adriano Kury September 8, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Unmesh — I followed all steps, but my layer > smart object > stack mode is grayed out. Any ideas as to WHY?

  • Reply Michael Wagner September 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Nice technique but if you have a tripod why not just drop the iso and increase the shutter speed?

  • Reply PΓ­RatÉ金 AjiN September 11, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Next. Lvl

  • Reply Totoro September 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I hate to say it, but surely if you're able to keep the camera perfectly still for a sequence of photos, then you're far better off taking a longer exposure at a low ISO?

  • Reply Ayush Gupta September 11, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Can I click just one picture and make copies of it if I don't have a tripod?

  • Reply Kamran Huseynov September 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

    please brother tell me how i can find fucking lightroom catalog? why you dont show us how you open this fucking program?)

  • Reply Dipankar Roy September 13, 2019 at 7:27 am


  • Reply theBadBrad September 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I am only using an iPhone as a camera this really helped me

  • Reply Adis Megerdichian September 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorials Unmesh. Here's a question for you: what if we have only one copy (layer) of the photo? Can we just duplicate the same layer into maybe 30 of them in Ps and then do the smart object stack-up?

  • Reply sidhi kundalini September 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm


  • Reply O.Alden Productions. September 20, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Darn…this isn’t convenient for me 😩. Do you know any other techniques 😳😳😳

  • Reply Payam Hosseini September 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

    you are great, but could you please a little talk slowly? thanks dear handsome teacher. lol

  • Reply Daven One September 23, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Questions for you please. Thanks in advance by the way……..this seems great for reducing noise. 1. Does stacking these result in a larger file side? 2. If you were just stacking pictures to gain resolution what process would you use assuming you would definitely have a bigger file size? 3. What process would you use to focus stack? 4. What process would you use for combining different exposures? 5. What process for adding a number of images in order to produce a photo merge making the image taller or wider to create a wider or taller angle of view. I’m sure that image would be a much bigger file size. Thanks for all your fine work as your method of teaching is second to none! Thanks Pal.

  • Reply AB Studios September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm


  • Reply Eddeh 07 September 26, 2019 at 2:45 am

    I had NO idea this feature existed. It feels as though an opportunity to really benefit from this might only ever come up maybe once or twice in my entire career, but it’s amazing to know it exists. A new tool in the arsenal, cheers

  • Reply Jake Townend September 26, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Could you get a better result by doing this multiple times? As in take 200 photos, average each one with a stack of 20 and then take the resulting 10 photos and average those for cleaner results?

  • Reply KOZMOGRAF/X motion & design September 27, 2019 at 7:16 am


  • Reply ι£›εˆ©ζ΅¦ September 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Twenty 16 bit files , meaning we are importing raw files ? How many RAM memory is required to process such a large batch ?

  • Reply victorvdr9 September 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

    What if you make 20 layers of the same image and combine them? πŸ€”

  • Reply Jari Karjalainen October 2, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Just amazing!

  • Reply Samspeed94 October 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Can you do this with one picture? I mean can't you just make a copy of for, let's say, 30 times and apply this same method?

  • Reply UnderGround Knox October 5, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Best tutorials hands down!

  • Reply halmat fatahi October 8, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Have these photos been copied?

  • Reply kermitrehab October 9, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Mind Blown!

  • Reply Atul Raj October 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I have a pic clicked some years ago. And it is very much noisy. Can I denoise it?
    It is a single pic

  • Reply Chayan Editor's October 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    you are the best

  • Reply reizza November 6, 2019 at 12:11 am

    My brain: If I was holding a phone maybe a burst shot would be better. My phone has night sight though – and the picture looks noisy until it's finished processing… thinks about this for a second wait, is this already how night sight works? goes to google yeah, kinda, depending on how much your hand is moving lol

  • Reply kumar kumar November 6, 2019 at 9:11 am

    U r the best

  • Reply Choco Later November 14, 2019 at 6:20 am

    In real life this method is completely useless for 99 percent of the shots you will be removing heavy noise from. If you have a tripod use lowest iso obviously. Stacking up images just to remove noise ? I can't come up with a scenario I could use it. PS Noise removing sliders are already pretty good if you know what you doing. Then do the rest with Imagenomic Noiseware or something similar.

  • Reply raiyan hossain November 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Do I have to take 20 photos or I can go with coping 1 photo for 20 times? πŸ™„

  • Reply Aray Nctrl Instrument November 19, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    06:20 button for me

  • Reply johnnyjrotten59 November 20, 2019 at 5:59 am

    This is a good idea but……. if your going to all the bother of 15- 20 photos why not just use a longer exposure or change the lighting??

  • Reply BEST VIDEOS December 10, 2019 at 7:20 am

    After save my image. It's can't open. Help me please

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