What do the Noise filters do?

Use the commands in this submenu to add noise to images or remove it. For more advanced capabilities, check out Erik Meijering's RandomJ package (Binomial, Exponential, Gamma, Gaussian, Poisson and Uniform) at

Add Noise

Adds random noise to the image or selection. The noise is Gaussian (normally) distributed with a mean of zero and standard deviation of 25.

Add More Noise

Adds Gaussian noise with a mean of zero and standard deviation of 75.

Salt and Pepper

Adds salt and pepper noise to the image or selection by randomly replacing 2.5% of the pixels with black pixels and 2.5% with white pixels. Note: this command only works with 8-bit images.


This is a median filter. It replaces each pixel with the median value in its 3 x 3 neighborhood. This is a time consuming operation because, for each pixel in the selection, the nine pixels in the 3×3 neighborhood must be sorted and the center pixel replaced with the median value (the fifth). Median filters a good at removing salt and pepper noise.

Remove Outliers

This is a selective median filter that replaces a pixel by the median of the pixels in the surrounding if it deviates from the median by more than a certain value (the threshold). It is useful for correcting, e.g., hot pixels or dead pixels of a CCD image.

Remove Outliers dialog

Radius determines the area used for calculating the median (uncalibrated, i.e., in pixels). See Process>Filters>Show Circular Masks to see how radius translates into an area. Threshold determines by how much the pixel must deviate from the median to get replaced, in raw (uncalibrated) units. Which Outliers determines whether pixels brighter or darker than the surrounding (the median) should be replaced.

gui/process/noise.txt · Last modified: 2010/01/26 11:07 (external edit)
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