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  1. Apparently Bilateral filter may produce similar results as Noise reduction or Surface blur effects. It's hard to draw direct comparison (I'm not aware of internal implemetation details of standard effects) but I may present my subjective comparison of images produced. The first important thing is that Bilateral filter has 3 parameters (rather than 2 in case of standard effects): Kernel size - this can be treated as radius, it defines how many surrounding pixels take part in calculations for each specific pixel. Greater value is required for High-Res images. Color factor - this one can b
  2. Download the plug-in and find installation instructions on the Codeplex project page. Details on how the filter works, parameters and resulting images can be found in this blog post. Bilateral filter seems to be a very underestimated image improving technique. It's not frequently met across internet. The filter may help with solving the following tasks: Noise reduction - pretty utilitarian & usual goal. When you have photos pictured with high ISO or within poor lighting conditions noise reduction will give them a more natural look Sharpen edges Great artistic effects - my favorite par
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