Nik color efex pro 4-Anyone use it ?
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Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
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I was taking a look at a few images, and thought this might be a worthwhile purchase, but I was wondering If it increased the noise a lot with its effects.
I realize you can't get something for nothing, and this seems to almost promise that, but its worth asking.
basically If you have used it or use it now . let me know what you think.



mshi
Registered: Dec 13, 2010
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I have it but rarely used it since the native tools of Photoshop can almost satisfy almost all my needs.



oldrattler
Registered: Aug 04, 2009
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I have it and love it... You can use "control points: to fine tune an image. Noise is not a problem unless you push it too far... Nik Define is great for reducing noise...



peteygas
Registered: Nov 13, 2002
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I Tried it a few months ago , and now It's permanently in my workflow . Just a few clicks replaces a lot of photoshop fiddling



WAYCOOL
Registered: May 15, 2004
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I'm addicted to "tonal contrast" perhaps as mshi states you can do it all in photoshop but not with a couple of clicks.
I just hope Google dosen't do away with it or stop the development. Hate to see it die a lonely death.



mshi
Registered: Dec 13, 2010
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WAYCOOL wrote:
I'm addicted to "tonal contrast" perhaps as mshi states you can do it all in photoshop but not with a couple of clicks.
I just hope Google dosen't do away with it or stop the development. Hate to see it die a lonely death.


You can build your own actions so that you can do things much faster than using third-party stuff. Nik's Tonal Contrast effects, for example, can be easily achieved by using Hollywood's Freaking Details technique, and you end up having much more control and much faster speed without using Nik's. By using Smart Object, you can always fine tune and make new adjustments without having to start it over from scratch again.



the888account
Registered: Oct 21, 2011
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I also use this on occasions (but do use Dfine and Silver Efex alot) and quite like what it does.

Agreed - Hopefully google wont ruin it! At least we have the original softwares before they instagram every preset.



uintaangler
Registered: Feb 13, 2009
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I use Lightroom, not Photoshop, for all my image editing and I find Color Efex Pro to be a very useful tool in conjunction with Lightroom.
The interface between LR and Color Efex seems to be almost seamless



Bsmooth
Registered: Mar 22, 2005
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Sounds like a useful purchase, and looks like a nice way to finish things off. thanks !



JBPhotog
Registered: Oct 10, 2007
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Use it regularly in my workflow. There are some nice tools such as Nik Control Points that are pretty near impossible to mimic in the same time period in PS. CEP 4 allows filter stacking and they have added some new filters and removed some of the old ones that had virtually no appeal. Try out the 15 day demo and while you are at it check out their webinars for some training.



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
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mshi wrote:
WAYCOOL wrote:
I'm addicted to "tonal contrast" perhaps as mshi states you can do it all in photoshop but not with a couple of clicks.
I just hope Google dosen't do away with it or stop the development. Hate to see it die a lonely death.


You can build your own actions so that you can do things much faster than using third-party stuff. Nik's Tonal Contrast effects, for example, can be easily achieved by using Hollywood's Freaking Details technique, and you end up having much more control and much faster speed without using Nik's. By using Smart Object, you can always fine tune and make new adjustments without having to start it over from scratch again.


Most people don't have the time or knowledge to do that. It's all about getting a fast & good solution to something that you can't do.
And I can't really see how it could be "much faster" either. If I build my own plugins or actions they are not much faster than the ones I buy



WAYCOOL
Registered: May 15, 2004
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Lars, I was going to respond much the same way but some people prefer to use Photoshop not matter what I think of them as purest. So I let it slide, whatever tools we use to get the job done, but I do love my Nik



lukeb
Registered: Nov 13, 2010
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uintaangler wrote:
I use Lightroom, not Photoshop, for all my image editing and I find Color Efex Pro to be a very useful tool in conjunction with Lightroom.
The interface between LR and Color Efex seems to be almost seamless


+1

Great program - I also use Tiffen DFX - but NIK is my mainstay



BluesWest
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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Hopefully google wont ruin it!

I doubt that Google is going to be in the photo processing plug-in business. They bought Nik for Snapseed, not Viveza and the rest of the plugins. I just hope Google sells off the plugins, rather than just letting them die a quiet death.

John



boingyman
Registered: Jun 29, 2012
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I use it as well and love it. Not only can you make actions and stack filters, but you can also copy/paste control points as well. CEP4 and SEP2 are my two favorite. I agree that Dfine works pretty well for NR too.



markadams99
Registered: Mar 08, 2003
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uintaangler wrote:
I use Lightroom, not Photoshop, for all my image editing and I find Color Efex Pro to be a very useful tool in conjunction with Lightroom.
The interface between LR and Color Efex seems to be almost seamless

Yes, but I don't know how to batch process from the Lightroom plugin and batch processing is pretty vital.



Lance_K
Registered: Oct 15, 2003
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Is it possible to pick up a software copy used?



chez
Registered: Nov 26, 2003
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markadams99 wrote:
uintaangler wrote:
I use Lightroom, not Photoshop, for all my image editing and I find Color Efex Pro to be a very useful tool in conjunction with Lightroom.
The interface between LR and Color Efex seems to be almost seamless

Yes, but I don't know how to batch process from the Lightroom plugin and batch processing is pretty vital.


Yes, there is a way to batch process out of Lightroom. I've done it, but don't have the details with me right now.



markadams99
Registered: Mar 08, 2003
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I realise now that it's pretty straightforward to batch process from Lightroom to Color Efex (+the rest, I suppose):

Highlight a batch of images in LR, edit in Color Efex, edit the first image, Save All, then it saves the edited images back to LR. I use a lower quality for multiple images (jpeg,8-bit), if reasonable, to save time and space.



John Caldwell
Registered: Feb 21, 2003
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Country: United States

CEP & SEP are the two programs I use a lot, even though I bout their entire software suite.

John Caldwell



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