Noise on a firework picture

I have improved the colors of a firework on RawTherapee and I reduced the noise but when I saved the picture and I looked at it, the noise came back (in the smoke below the firework).
I tried different formats (jpeg, tiff, png) but it doesn’t work and that degrades the image.
How to avoid seeing the noise on the final picture ??

@valentine_bokeh Welcome to the forum!

When I zoom in, it doesn’t look like noise but compression (or gamut) artifacts. What are your export settings? Are they at max quality?


There are also some some Hot/Dead pixel which can be removed with the Hot/Dead pixel tool.

Yes I have tried all formats but the best (tiff 32-bit float) degrades the quality.
When I zoom the picture on RawTherapee, the noise disappears but when I save all the picture it’s there :thinking:

Here we don’t see any noiseZoom%20bruit

You might want to try the dev releases[1]. Note that the pp3s aren’t backwards compatible. I recall there being an issue at one point that was discussed here in the forums. Try searching for it.


As already said, it doesn’t look like noise.
Could be a color space conversion issue ? For example if you work in Prophoto while you export in sRGB.
Try to remain in the same color space. sRGB profile for both: workspace and export.

This is only acceptable if sRGB will be your only color space.

I agree, I only suggested a test to search for a reason of the difference between output file and what is displayed in RT.

Welcome @valentine_bokeh
If you accept to upload the raw file and the pp3 (with license CC BY-SA), I think people could provide more precise and relevant advice.
Use filebin or equivalent and post the link here.

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Maybe the problem is the file isn’t a raw…

That can explain the problem.
Nevertheless, it could be interesting to see what happens if you upload your photo.