DeNoise AI v3.3 at a glance

  • New RAW model – Our newest AI model has been trained to provide superior noise reduction, detail, and color accuracy by using RAW sensor data.
  • Improved Comparison View – Simultaneously display the same model using different settings in multiple quadrants and compare up to four models at once.
  • Updated Low Light v3 model – Faster processing and improved image quality
  • Updated DNG saving process – We’ve improved the way we save DNG files so that they’re more color accurate than before
  • New Suggested Mode – We’ll automatically suggest the most appropriate AI model to use based on the qualities of your photo. You can override the suggestion at any time.
  • Performance improvements and plenty of bug fixes – Process improvements to the AI engine, usability improvements throughout the right sidebar, and better handling of how we open image files. Plus, lots of squashed bugs.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use Adobe Lightroom Classic, you will have to re-select Topaz DeNoise AI as the External Editor after installing this DeNoise AI updat. This will allow you to save images back into Lightroom Classic. Click here to learn more.

New RAW model

We’re taking the next step towards providing even more remarkable noise reduction with our newest AI model. We built the RAW model to give you cleaner results with fewer artifacts and more edge detail. Each RAW file contains all of the original sensor data written by your camera and DeNoise AI now taps into all of that information to give you the cleanest possible results.

Check out our article on why we built the new RAW model and how it fits within your photo editing workflow. After that, you should watch this short video to see the new RAW model in action.

Improved Comparison View

The Comparison View is one of the most used features in DeNoise AI and it has now gotten even better! One of the most requested features for Comparison View has been to compare the same model using varying settings. For example, let’s say you want to compare the Severe Noise model using different noise reduction and sharpening slider values. You can now easily do that using Comparison View. We also built a new toggle that gives you the option to take over the top left quadrant previously reserved for displaying the original version of your photo. Now, you can customize all four quadrants to display exactly what you want. Here’s a brief video walkthrough of the improved Comparison View.

Updated Low Light v3 model

We’re also introducing the third version of the popular Low Light AI mode. This model now retains details better than the v2 model and is also much better at removing color noise. The Low Light v3 output also has much less residue noise in flat areas of your images.

Updated DNG saving process

We’re constantly striving to output the most color-accurate image files possible, especially when working with the DNG file format. Now, when you save a DNG file from DeNoise AI, the resulting image will have even greater color accuracy when compared to your original file. We’ve also improved how we handle EXIF metadata when saving DNG files.

New Suggested Mode

We know that it can sometimes be tricky it quickly identify which model would be best suited for your particular photos. That’s why we built the new Suggested Mode. When you load an image in DeNoise AI, it will analyze the qualities of the photo and automatically select the most appropriate model. You can easily disregard the selection by clicking on the Change button to select a different model or switch to the Comparison View for a more fine-tuned model selection.

Performance improvements and plenty of bug fixes

One of the most common causes for slow performance is not choosing the ideal AI processor option in the DeNoise AI preferences. If your computer has a powerful GPU, you may not get maximum performance because the default AI processor setting has been “CPU.” With DeNoise AI v3.3, we’ve added a new default “Auto” option that automatically chooses the ideal AI processor setting based on your computer hardware and the model you select.

We’ve made overall improvements to the AI Engine, which will give you faster performance. We also improved how we handle opening files in DeNoise AI and migrated the masking pipeline from Sharpen AI. As far as bug fixes, we fixed a number of memory leak issues and improved how we preserve GPS metadata.

We are very excited about all of the new features in DeNoise AI v.3.3 and can’t wait to see how you use them with your photos! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

About the Author: Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash serves as Product Marketing Manager for Topaz Labs and manages the Topaz Labs Learning Center. He is also a photo educator and author, with his work being featured in dozens of international publications. Learn more about Brian by visiting his website.
Published On: September 29th, 2021 / Categories: DeNoise AI, Product Update /


  1. Zane October 10, 2021 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I’m enjoying the update seems faster on my old clunker but is there any chance of FujiFilm ( RAF ) support in the future?

    • Brian Matiash October 12, 2021 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the update, Zane. Just to clarify – DeNoise AI does support FujiFilm RAW files in general. For now, the new RAW model doesn’t support RAF files due to the different sensor used (X-Trans vs Bayer). With that said, we are looking into supporting this filetype in the future.

  2. Priit Noogen October 8, 2021 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    DeNoise AI v.3.3.3 do not open Sony A1 ARW RAW file. Solution?

    • Brian Matiash October 12, 2021 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Sony a1 RAW files are currently not fully supported with the RAW model, but we’re hoping to add that support very soon.

  3. Soo October 6, 2021 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    please help, I am not able to save photos back to Lightroom.

  4. Thilo October 6, 2021 at 5:08 am - Reply

    It is a good way to de-noise the RAW files directly and then further process them as a DNG file. The noise removal result is very good. Unfortunately the colors don’t match, they have to be corrected manually. This increases the amount of work and time required. Unfortunately, the EXIF files are not transferred to the DNG files either. Even worse is that the processing date is now available instead of the creation date. The pictures are then no longer in their original order. I think or hope they will definitely correct that. Until then I will keep my old workflow (edit the CR3 RAW in Luminar AI, then export it as TIFF and de-noise in DeNoise AI and output it as JPEG).

    • Brian Matiash October 7, 2021 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Thilo. While I agree that the color and tone between our DNG files and your original RAW files don’t always match up perfectly, I’ve been able to get very close with some minor manual editing. We’re also constantly working to improve how we handle DNG files and I expect this to get even better. Also, as far as sorting, that is not something that we’re doing. For some reason, if you sort by Edit Time, the order gets messed up but it’s not because of the metadata we write to the DNG file. I always sort by Capture Time and that works perfectly for me.

  5. Stewart October 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks Brian for the response. I don’t seem to be able to reply in the thread.

    Because I convert my raw files into DNG on import to Lightroom (I know you disapprove, but I couldn’t find details about why in your article on the topic) I didn’t pass files from Lightroom, but opened the original raw file in DeNoise and exported to Lightroom in DNG. Then I compared that image with what Lightroom shows with its defaults (no adjustments), and, for good measure, also Photolab 4 whose deep Prime is what I normally use for treating noisy raw files. The Lightroom and Photolab files have what I would call a well balanced color and tone matching my memory of the scene, whereas the DNG file from DeNoise is dark and overly saturated in the green.

    • Brian Matiash October 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      I appreciate you sharing the results of your comparison tests, Stewart. That’s very helpful information. I agree that there is still room to improve how we handle color and tone with our DNG outputs and that’s something we’re actively working on. Still, I’ve found that I only need to make a few minor adjustments to get the DNG file to closely match my RAW file. But, I suspect that this will vary from photo to photo and camera model to camera model.

  6. Stewart October 5, 2021 at 12:05 am - Reply

    What’s up with profiles going missing when returning to Lightroom? Is there a list of supported cameras somewhere? The colors and tones coming out of the DNG that Topaz creates are way off. Noise is well taken care of though, but not worth the effort needed to fix the color and tone.

    • Brian Matiash October 5, 2021 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Hey there, Stewart. We don’t currently have a list of supported camera models yet. As for the difference in color and tone, can you confirm whether you’ve made edits to the RAW file in Lightroom before sending it to DeNoise AI? When you send a RAW file to DeNoise AI, none of the edits will show up in the app nor will they be applied to the DNG output. You’d need to sync those changes over and likely make some minor adjustments to get it to the edited state of your RAW file. Let me know if that helps clarify things.

  7. Brian October 4, 2021 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for your previous response. Is DeNoise unable to read Sony a1 files? It looks like it sees my older Nikon and Canon files but not the Sony.

    • Brian Matiash October 5, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Yeah, the Sony a1 is not officially or fully supported yet. We are working to get that camera model, along with a few other newer ones, working better. Stay tuned!

  8. Brian October 4, 2021 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the dumb question……………how do I send the RAW file to DeNoise? I use Adobe Camera Raw for conversion FWIW

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Not a dumb question at all, Brian. However, if you are managing your RAW files in Camera Raw via Photoshop, you won’t be able to use the new RAW model. It only works when you send your RAW file directly into DeNoise AI as a standalone app or from within Lightroom Classic. I cover these workflows in this article. I hope that helps!

  9. Kenneth Maribo October 4, 2021 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Will this work with Fujifilm raw files?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Currently, the RAW model doesn’t support Fujifilm RAW files due to the way their X-Trans sensor writes its files. We are working on this, though.

  10. James Mac October 3, 2021 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for the steady stream of updates :)

    Do you have an ETA for native M1 support? I’m migrating my workflows over from PC to Mac and am going through each of my key apps to check they will run their utmost best on the new system.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

      You’re very welcome, James. As for native M1 support, I don’t have much of an update to provide other than it is on our radar and our dev team is working to figure out how to implement it. Trust me, as an M1 user, I also can’t wait for native M1 support.

  11. Jeff October 3, 2021 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Hello! Is it working with Nikon Coolpix P950 raw files ? Up to high ISO eg. 3200 iso raws files ?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hey there, Jeff. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to that camera’s RAW files so I can’t check. But, we’ve had a lot of success in general with Nikon files, so my recommendation would be to test it for yourself in the meantime.

  12. Dick October 2, 2021 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    The Mac link above downloaded V3.2 for me.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Hey there, Dick. We did have an issue where we were still serving up the older version. But, that was fixed and you should now be able to download the latest release. If you launch the app, you should also be prompted to download the update. Let me know if that isn’t working for you and we’ll take care of it.

  13. Jack Dykinga October 2, 2021 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    WHY did you make a simple elegant program more complicated with extrat steps in the workflow? How can I revert to the older version and get a refund. Jack Dykinga

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Hey there, Jack. I’m not sure what you’re referring to regarding complicating your workflow. Nothing has changed with the existing workflow unless you’re referring to using RAW files. In that case, there are some considerations to factor in if you intend to send RAW files from Lightroom Classic to DeNoise AI. I cover all of those in this article (including an in-depth video). We did identify an issue with the Lightroom to DeNoise workflow and published a solution on our Support Center. Regardless, I’d like to ask you to contact our Customer Support team if you’re unhappy with this latest release and would like a refund. They’d be happy to help you with that.

  14. Gary October 2, 2021 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Exporting a raw file from Lightroom to DeNoise the AI model for raw is greyed out. Should it be? And in windows my version is showing 3.3.2 and is telling me there no updates available, yet you emailed me to update to 3.3 which I paid for.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Hey there, Gary. If you’re referring to the RAW model in DeNoise AI being greyed out, that happens when you open a non-RAW (or DNG) file in the app. The new RAW model only works with supported RAW files. Also, DeNoies AI v.3.3.2 is the latest version currently available. So, if that is what you have installed, then you’re good to go!

  15. Jason October 1, 2021 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Disappointed that I would have to pay $49 to upgrade. Considering the issues I had in the past evening getting it to work properly (support was no help), I will pass.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having difficulties with our app, Jason. I checked our Customer Support system and don’t see any tickets under your email address. Did you start a support chat using a different email address or are you referring to the support articles in our Help Center? I ask because I want to be sure that we help figure out how to solve your DeNoise AI issues.

  16. Guy Huntley October 1, 2021 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Has nVidia finally straightened up their processor or should I stay with the CPU for a while longer?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I believe the latest NVIDIA Studio Driver fixes the issues with RTX GPUs when running our apps, Guy.

  17. Jim Schultz October 1, 2021 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hello, Brian
    It it not clear in your advert, if I have to pay the $49 US every year if I upgrade, or if it’s one such payment every year. I am an age pensioner amateur photographer, and every cent matters.

    Regards, Jim Schultz

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      I’d be happy to help clarify, Jim. You aren’t required to upgrade if you don’t want to. You’ll have lifetime access to the latest version that was available at the time that your upgrade license expired. If you choose to purchase another upgrade license, you’d pay $49 for an extra year. You aren’t obligated to keep paying $49 either. You can choose to purchase an upgrade license for one year and then hold off for as long as you like after it expires. And, again, you’ll always have access to the latest version available when that upgrade license expires. I hope that makes sense and helps clarify things, Jim. :)

  18. Chris October 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Fantastic update. Very happy to see all of the new features.

    I also wanted to add a +1 for integration into Capture 1. A more affordable primary editor allows me to support a best in class noise reduction solution. :)

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear that you’re enjoying it, Chris! As for adding Capture One support, I’ll certainly let the Dev team know. We actively monitor these types of feature requests.

  19. Tony October 1, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    What camera raw (Canon/Sony/Nikon, etc) do the Raw AI support for now?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      While we don’t have a full list of supported cameras, we have done testing with a number of Canon, Sony, and Nikon RAW files. The new RAW model does not currently support DNG or Fujifilm RAW files. You can learn more about the RAW model in this article.

  20. Michael Emmett October 1, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    The last time I tried one of your upgrade trials it didn’t install as a separate stand alone trial but instead it replaced my current version, so when I decided it didn’t have enough improvements to justify the cost of upgrading I was stuck with it.; or I would have been but luckily I’d imaged my c: drive just 2 days before so could go back to the previous version without too much trouble. If this is what happens every time I try one of your upgrade trials I’ll not be installing any of them again.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi there, Michael. I completely understand your frustration. When you install any of our updates (not including Beta builds), we do overwrite the existing version. But, that’s a pretty standard procedure with software in general. With that said, you do have lifetime access to the latest version of the product(s) you purchased at the time that your upgrade cycle expired. You can always contact our Customer Support team and they’d be happy to provide you with the installer for the latest version that you’re entitled to at any time. No worries there.

  21. Richard Firth October 1, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

    For all of my RAW images, I have always converted them to DNG before importing them into LR Classic. I do not like .xmp files at all.
    Does DeNoise AI v.3.3 still recognise my existing DNGs as RAW files for the purposes of the new model? Is there an option to use the latter & to choose whether to save to either existing DNG file or to an entirely new DNG?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Hi there, Richard. The new DeNoise AI RAW model does not support DNG files as an input. In order to use it, you’ll have to open a supported RAW file directly within DeNoise AI. I cover our supported workflows in this article (and in-depth video).

  22. Bierkens Rudy October 1, 2021 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Na de laatste update valt Denoise uit na 10 seconden, zonder dat ik een beeld toegevoegd heb?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Het spijt me te horen dat u problemen ondervindt bij het gebruik van DeNoise AI. Ik zou je willen vragen om contact op te nemen met onze klantenservice, zodat zij de problemen die je ondervindt verder kunnen oplossen.

  23. Corrado gamba October 1, 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Problem with DeNose 3.3.1 . I wrote you because i have upgraded the DeNoise at 3.3.1 but it doesn t work…..
    It doesnt open canon cr2 files(Canon 7d
    Can you help me or i have to roll back??

  24. Caroline October 1, 2021 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I just tried it with a really noisy CR3 file of a bird on a really dull grey day. Opened directly in Denoise in RAW and the result was brilliant. So then I saved it as a DNG and imported into Lightroom. The only query I have at the moment is that the original CR3 is 30,042 kb in size, the DNG file is 262,451 kb! That is a massive file size in comparison to the original that was taken in CRAW so could have been even bigger if taken in RAW on the camera. So have I missed something? Is that normal? Is there anything I can do to get that file size of the DNG down? Does it need to be that big?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      I just reached out to our development team to see why the DNG output files are so much larger than the RAW files, Caroline. If/when I hear something, I’ll let you know.

  25. Caroline October 1, 2021 at 3:33 am - Reply

    The result on these sample images looks amazing! Are you planning to support DNG or Fujifilm RAW files in the future?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Caroline! We are actively working to improve our support for DNG and Fujifilm files with our RAW model, but I can’t provide a firm timeline for it.

  26. Theresa Penfound October 1, 2021 at 2:12 am - Reply

    If using it through photoshop will it save my photo back to capture one?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      The RAW model is not accessible when sending your image to DeNoise AI from within Photoshop. The only way to use the RAW model is to open your RAW file directly into it. You can learn more about the supported workflows here.

  27. Per Vindis October 1, 2021 at 1:13 am - Reply

    After adjustments in LrC I do the following:
    – cmd+opt+E
    – Edit a copy with LR adjustments
    – Denoise AI opens
    – RAW is greyed out
    – Select STANDARD
    – Save image as DNG
    – Close PANEL
    – LrC is hanging until I close down Denoise AI
    – After close down the image is saved in LrC as TIF and not as DNG

    1) Why can’t I open in RAW?
    2) Why do I have to close down Denoise AI to have the image saved?
    3) Why can’t save as DNG?

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      With regards to the RAW model being greyed out, that is happening because you aren’t sending the actual RAW file to DeNoise AI with this workflow. When you send a JPG, TIFF, or PNG file, you’ll see that the RAW model is greyed out. That is by design since the model is meant to be applied to actual RAW files. As for saving as a DNG, you should definitely be able to do so. I’d like you to contact our Customer Support team if you are having issues with that. We also posted this support article explaining how to fix a particular Lightroom Classic issue.

  28. Renato Vizzarri September 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    How can i export a raw file directly out of Lightroom without any editing into Denoise so I can use the RAW function.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Check out this article and the embedded workflow video to see how you can send RAW files from Lightroom Classic to DeNoise AI.

  29. Corb September 30, 2021 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    This is not saving the edited image back in to Capture One 21. What is the solution???

    • Brian Matiash September 30, 2021 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      We don’t currently have an editor workflow for Capture One, so you’ll have to manually open your file in DeNoise AI and then import the saved photo into Capture One. I will bring this up with the developers, though.

  30. Yvonn September 30, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Can I now send my RAW file to Topaz Denoise straight from LR? Or does it still convert to DNG?

    • Brian Matiash September 30, 2021 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Any time you send a raw file to a third-party app, you have to either convert it to an RGB file, such as a JPEG, PNG, TIF, or DNG. Even when you edit a RAW file, you’re never actually editing it. Rather, you’re writing those edits to a sidecar file. I wrote this article that goes into these details, as well.

      So in this workflow, you can absolutely open your RAW file in DeNoise AI but you’ll have to save the output to a different file. If you’re sending a RAW file to DeNoise AI, I highly recommend saving as a DNG.

  31. pere September 30, 2021 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Una vez mas la superación y aumento en la calidad del flujo de trabajo se nota en las actualizaciones.Gracias

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  33. Nam September 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Wow, seem like you guy are competing hard with DXO, highly respect. Will this new version match Deep prime level or even better? Can’t wait to try. Respect topaz!

    • Brian Matiash September 30, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

      We’re just focused on delivering the best possible noise reduction for your photos by leveraging all of that sweet, sweet RAW sensor data. :)

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