Nik Software has announced version 2.0 of its Dfine plug-in for Photoshop. The tools is designed to help photographers and designers reduce noise in photographs.

The upgrade adds a completely new interface, and includes Nik's U Point selective editing technology. U Point enables users place Control Points on an image with a single click and selectively adjust the amount of contrast and colour noise reduction.

The new Target Colors function uses an eyedropper tool to select colours, so photographers can reduce noise based on a range of shades or hues. Nik says that this method is ideal for batch processing a series of images.

Version 2.0 allows brushes, noise reduction can be applied selectively. For added control and fine detail adjustments, Dfine also supports pressure sensitive features optimized for Wacom Tablets.

Dfine also includes a new auto camera profile system as part of its image processing core. This feature adjusts the noise reduction to match specific parameters and nuances based on camera manufacturer specifications. Camera profiles may also be created manually and saved, and then loaded by users at a later time.

Dfine 2.0 will ship in the second quarter of 2007 for $99.95 95 (around £50). Current owners of Dfine 1.0 will be able to upgrade at a discount, though what this will be has not been released.