Neat Image user guide / Queued processing
Creating new image filtration jobs
Neat Image processes filtration jobs by taking them one-by-one and applying filtration with certain filter settings to each image. A single filtration job includes one image and one customized set of filtration settings. You can create and configure one or more filtration jobs and let Neat Image process them.
To create one new image filtration job
- Click (the Create new image filtration job button) on the toolbar or select the Job | New
A new filtration job will be created. Initially, you will select an input image and then the Filtration Job Editor window will open with this input image. You will then be able to select a device noise profile and adjust filter settings in the same way as explained in the Filtration process details section.
When the image is ready to be processed, do not apply filtration in the Filtration Job Editor if you want to process the image in the queue.
When the input image, noise profile and filter settings are ready you can put this new job into the filtration queue for processing using the controls in the Queued Processing box.
You can select to Auto save output image and specify Output image file name for auto save using the button. If you do then Neat Image will automatically save the output image into the specified file as soon as this job is completed in the filtration queue.
- Clicking will send the job to the bottom of the filtration queue and let Neat Image process it when its turn comes in the queue.
Neat Image may ask about particular image saving properties, e.g., the JPEG compression level. The last used JPEG compression level is offered as the default value.
When Auto save output image is chosen, you can additionally select to Auto delete completed job from the queue when the job is completed and its output image is successfully saved.
If you do not want to let the queue process this job then press Esc or select the File | Put Job to Queue menu item. The job will be put on hold in the queue until you manually allow processing it.
To create multiple image filtration jobs at once
- Click (the Create many filtration jobs at once button) on the toolbar or select the File | Batch… menu item.
The Batch window will appear to give you a way of selecting image files to be processed. Also, you can select a device noise profile and a filter preset that should be used to filter the selected images.
- Click to add new image files to the list.
- Click to select a folder with image files. All image files contained in selected folder and its subfolders will be added to the list.
- Click to remove selected images from the list.
- In the Device Noise Profiles box, select which noise profile(s) should be used to process the images in the list:
- Do not load profile(s) - to not automatically load any profile(s) for images in the list;
- Auto profile input images - to automatically build a profile for every image in the list;
- Auto match profiles - to find the best matching profile for every image in the list;
If this option is selected you can adjust Matching options using the Options button.
- Use specified profile - to use the profile specified below for all images in the list.
When Use specified profile is selected, click (blue disk) or the popup menu to select a device noise profile to be used with all the images in the list.
Check the Auto fine-tune profile(s) option to automatically fine-tune selected profile(s) during processing. When Auto profile input images is selected auto fine-tuning is applied automatically.
- In the Filter Preset box, select which filter preset(s) should be used to process images in the list:
- Do not load preset(s) - to not automatically load any preset from the hard drive
(default filter settings are used);
- Auto match presets - to find the best matching preset for every image in the list; presets can be matched against input images (their ISO rates) or can be picked from the folders of used noise profiles (by arranging profiles and presets pair-wise in several folders you can customize noise reduction for every device mode). If this option is selected you can adjust Matching options using the Options button.
- Use specified preset - to use the preset specified below for all images in the list.
When Use specified preset is selected, click (pink disk) or the popup menu to select a filter preset to be used with all the listed images.
- In the Output Image box, specify output image type using the drop-down list. Select 8/24 bits, 16/48 bits, or Match input.
- Select the way the output image should be saved:
- Do not auto save output images - to not automatically save output images
- Save to folders of input images - to save the output images next to the input images
- Save to specified folder - to save all output image into one specified folder
When Save to specified folder is selected, select the folder using (the Browse button).
- Select output file format: TIFF, JPEG or BMP.
- Below the Input Images box, select Auto delete completed jobs if you want to automatically remove completed jobs from the queue. This is only possible if Neat Image is instructed to save the output images. Once the output images are saved, the jobs can be removed from the queue.
- Click to add new image filtration jobs to the queue.
At this point, Neat Image may ask about particular file saving properties, e.g., the JPEG compression level.
Then, several new image filtration jobs will be created in the queue. These jobs will be immediately processed by Neat Image if Auto start processing has been checked.
To create one or more new image filtration jobs via drag and drop
- Drag several image files from another application and drop them in the Filtration Queue window. Neat Image will automatically create new image filtration jobs for each dropped file using the Job Defaults specified in the Options.
To create one or more new image filtration jobs using command line
You can create one or more image filtration jobs using the command line interface of Neat Image.
- Start Neat Image from the command line with the /? key to see the specification of command line format:
C:\Program Files\Neat Image\NeatImage.exe /?
If Neat Image is not running, invoking it using the command line interface will create one new image filtration job. If the output image is specified and both profile and presets are selected (either using the command line interface or Job Defaults specified in the application Options) then Neat Image will automatically process this new job, save the output image and close.
If Neat Image is running and you are invoking it using the command line interface then a new job will be put into the filtration queue of the running instance of Neat Image.