How to Fix Grainy Photos


Grainy photographs can be a big disappointment when they are printed, especially if they are photographs that can't be replaced or retaken. Additionally, if a photograph is very grainy, it cannot be enlarged.

Step 1

Install the Neat Image plugin from the website

Step 2

Restart Photoshop after you install the plugin.

Step 3

Go to "Filter," and click "Neat Image." Select the "Noise Filter Settings" tab. Go to "Recent Preset" and choose "Advanced," then "Remove only half of weaker noise." This activates the Neat Image plugin and creates a new layer.

Step 4

Go to "Filter" and choose "Smart Blur." Type "0.6" in the "Radius" box, and "8.6" in the "Threshold" box. Choose "High Quality" and "Normal Mode." This creates a photograph with minimal noise and grain.

Things You'll Need

  • Photograph (digital or scanned)
  • Photoshop


  • Darren Hoyt -- Cleaning up Grainy, Low-Quality Digital Photos with Photoshop

Who Can Help

  • Neat Image Plugin
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About this Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

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