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Thanks Nate A.
Bobby thanks, I downloaded the Google Nik software for a trial. Mostly interested in the Silver efex pro. I tried the Colour Efex on this one, for which I was more impressed with than the Silver Eex. .Nothing that could be not be done in Cs6, but probably a bit quicker to the results and only subtly different from what I had achieved in Cs6.
The silve Efex I was not so enamored by, as what it appears to do is, not different than what can be done in Cs6 but by using a different route and terminology...Show more →
The major, overarching advantage to using Nik are their control points, which are basically "smart masks". You can do some very interesting things when you start utilizing them.
Also, Nik filters take practice and a lot of times, you'll want to use them in conjunction with regular CS masking or layer opacity changes (don't use Nik's own masking, the interface sucks)
Silver Efex -- Basically really good for making nice presets or playing with color channel sensitivities in addition to pretty fast (and efficient) toning of the image, etc.
It's not like one couldn't do this in PS, but it's a hell of a lot faster in Silver Efex. Also, the "structure" tool is pretty nice, though it's also found in Vivezia.
An example of what I'm talking about:
Color Efex has a filter called "Sunlight" which can be hard to use at times, though it can gives some good results with practice. It's almost like a combined tonal contrast (another Color Efex filter that takes practice) and glamour glow combined with a temperature modification, etc. Anyway, a global filter was too much and changed the image in a way I didn't want.
On this image (Pany GX1 with Minolta 35-70) I used a control point to apply the effect just to the hydrant. Sure, I could have used a PS mask for the effect, but it's much quicker to use the control point in Nik. This effect was different than JUST using Tonal Contrast, as it adds a bit of lighty-depth that Tonal doesn't.
Minolta 35-70 and GX1 (3) by J L Smith, on Flickr
Here's another shot from the same outing - Sorry this isn't OMD (traded mine a while back) but I love the bokeh of the Minolta 35-70 too much to just let it sit in my flickr
Minolta 35-70 and GX1 (2) by J L Smith, on Flickr