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Let’s have a look at… Nik Color Efex Pro

Martin Grahame –Dunn - Nik Evangelist

Nik Software are the leading photographic filter creators for digital photography and it’s no secret that I absolutely love them! So much so that in March of 2007 I became their lead evangelist in Europe and had promoted them with fervour ever since. The new release, award-winning Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 filters are widely used by many of today's professional photographers around the world to save time, get professional level results and what is more, expand their creativity. The product is available in a Complete Edition, Select, or Standard Edition. In every case you will get traditional and stylizing filters that offer virtually endless possibilities to enhance and transform images quickly and easily.

The unique and patented ‘U Point® technology’ provides ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks, layers or selections. Control color, light and tonality in your images and create unique enhancements with professional results. With 52 filters and over 250 effects found in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 you can perform high quality retouching, color correction and endless creative enhancements to your photographs.

 

There have been updates to old favorites such as Classical Soft Focus, Darken/Lighten Center, and Vignette filters are joined by exciting new filters including Film Grain, Film Effect, Glamour Glow, Selective Contrast, High Key, Low Key, Polaroid Transfer, Cross Balance filters, and more. The result is nothing less than the most complete, most useful collection of photographic filters you can add to your toolkit. While its predecessor was an amazing digital tool, Nik Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 has been significantly updated to provide photo enthusiasts and professional photographers alike with the most powerful yet easy to use set of photographic filters ever created. DSLR owners will revel in the wide range of quick and easy fixes to dramatically improve their photos with just a few clicks of the mouse. Professional wedding, nature, commercial, and portrait photographers will appreciate the speed of workflow and advanced features designed to support uniquely creative styles and deliver class-leading power

ABOVE: This is a screengrab of the new style interface for Color Efex Pro 3.

Lots of advancement and the addition of wonderful new filters need an impressive Interface to deliver results efficiently and Nik have come up with exactly that. The new re-sizable interface lets you easily accommodate large monitor configurations, preview before and after results, and quickly access the entire range of unique tools to match your workflow. On top of this there is a powerful Selective Tool that is unique among photographic filter software on the market today. The Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 Selective Tool allows you to quickly and easily brush any filter effect into your image. Layers and masks are created automatically, so you are free to create and experiment unfettered.

The 'Glamour Glow' treatment.

If you loved version 2 then this new offering will blow you away. At the Focus on Imaging exhibition Nova Digital (also synonymous with Permajet) will be the main UK distributor with training and workshops high on the agenda. I have undertaken the responsibility to provide training days in the Midlands to illustrate the world of opportunity offered by the entire Nik Professional Suite and Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 will be right at the forefront!

The 'Glamour Glow' treatment.

The new interface allows for various ways of presenting the image that will result from the filtration. This is an enhancement of the previous rather small view that the user was provided with.

Software Compatibility

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition,
Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista (32-bit only)
Pentium III 1GHz or better
256 MB RAM
Adobe Photoshop 7 through CS3, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 through 6.0, or other Adobe Photoshop plug-in compatible Application*

Macintosh OS 10.4 or later
G4, G5, Intel® Core™ Solo, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Xeon
256 MB RAM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 through CS3, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, or
Adobe Photoshop plug-in compatible application*

ABOVE and LEFT: Both images use the Polaroid Transfer filter but it has been applied in slightly different ways, demonstrating the flexibility of using the Nik filters.

A very flexible filter is provided for conversion to monochrome. Like all Nik Filter effects this may be applied in concert with any number of other filters for maximum impact.

Martin Grahame-Dunn – fmpa, frsa, fswpp, fbppa,
qep, hon.fmpa, Photographer and Fine Artist
European Nik Software Evangelist and lead Training Specialist & Nikon UK Trainer and
Evangelist.
Director – “Illuminatus” The Academy of Photography.
Nik Color Efex Pro will be demonstrated throughout the duration

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