Silver Efex Pro 2 introduces new features that offer even more control over detail, contrast, and tonality, making it easier than ever to transform color photographs into stunning black-and-white images. To learn why Silver Efex Pro is the leading black-and-white imaging software users can watch training videos, download a free trial, and join live online training sessions at www. Ideal for any photographer passionate about black-and-white photography, Silver Efex Pro 2 features a wide variety of innovative enhancements to ensure the highest quality results. Silver Efex Pro includes unique features and functions, including specially designed algorithms for black-and-white photography, a unique all-in-one workflow, and the ability to fine-tune images with precise selective adjustments powered by U Point technology. Enhancements are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results. Finishing adjustments such as vignette controls, toning, burn edges and borders make it possible to easily accomplish everything needed for amazing black-and-white images.
They allow a range of effects to be applied quickly and easily to images. As a result, the software became very popular with photographers and designers.
Silver Efex Pro was especially popular thanks to its ability to replicate black and white darkroom effects. DxO PhotoLab 2. It enables automatic corrections of optical problems as well as allowing global and local adjustments to be made to images.
However, the Elite edition offers a bit more such as DxO Clearview Plus to help deal with haze, Anti Moire tool, Colour rendering profiles, multiple exports and customisable palettes.
In September , Google acquired Nik Software. At the time this was largely thought to be to enable Google to get hold of Snapseed, an excellent and popular mobile image editing app.
Nik Collection continued to be popular, possibly helped by the fact that in early , Google made it free to download. DxO , the developer of the widely respected optical correction software now called PhotoLab, announced that it had bought Nik Collection from Google.
Silver Efex Pro: Analog Efex Pro: Color Efex Pro: HDR Efex Pro: Sharpener Pro: These can be used as one-click adjustments or you can tweak their settings to tailor the effect to your image. They have been added to the four colour and monochrome processing packages. Like many photographers, however, I stopped using Nik Collection at one point because of compatibility issues.
Nik Collection by DxO now has all its most recent functionality. After using the various software packages, I can confirm that they work as they should. All you need to do is click on the plug-in you want to use. You can see the whole list of Filters, or click on one of the groups Landscape, Wedding etc to see a more restricted range. The new En Vogue presets are located in the Recipes section. Just click on a preset see its impact applied to a preview of your image. There may also be sub-options to chose between — also on the left of the screen.
The refinement and local adjustment controls are located on the right of the screen with the preview in the middle. One of the great things about Nik Collection is that the effects can be applied globally, or you can select the Brush option to paint the effect on your image. If you make a mistake as you paint in the effect, you can click on the Erase option to brush it out and start again. The effect is also applied as a layer so you can reduce the opacity if you wish.
Silver Efex Pro 2. As soon as you open it, the image preview switches to monochrome. Just click on the preset that you like the look of to apply it to your image.
Edit the image until you get the look that you want. Enter a relevant name in the box that appears and hit OK. Adjusting an image in Silver Efex Pro 2. Click on the triangle to the left of the group name to expand and collapse the stack to reveal or hide the controls. These allow you to adjust the highlights, midtones and shadows separately, as well as the overall brightness. After selecting a control point by clicking on the tool in the column on the right, click on the part of the image that you want to adjust.
This adds a point with four controls coming off it. Just click on one to reveal the full scale and adjust as necessary.
The top control governs the size of the area affected. You can also add other control points to limit the impact of the first control point.
Helpfully, you can duplicate control points to apply the same adjustment to different areas of the image. A filter brightens its own colour but darkens the opposite colour. Selecting the red or orange filter, for example, darkens a blue sky. You can target specific colours for brightening or darkening by tweaking the hue slider to find the precise colour filter you want to work with. Just scroll through them to find the one you want and apply it to your image.
If you want, then use the Grain, Sensitivity and Levels and Curves controls to get exactly the look you want. Sliding the control to the right brightens areas of that colour. Finishing Adjustments All the toning, vignetting and edge effect controls are located in the Finishing Adjustments section. You can select from a range of traditional toning effects to apply and then adjust it to your satisfaction.
As well as the strength of the toning, you can change the silver hue and tone strength as well as the paper hue and tone. Applying the Adjustment Silver Efex Pro 2.
The first applies the effect just as you see it. Helpfully, the effect is applied as a layer so you can adjust the opacity and paint it in or out if you like. Simply use the Photoshop Brush controls to paint in or erase the effect on your image.
Its strength is the ease with which it allows complex adjustments to be made. I tend to use the Film Types as the starting point and then adjust the image until it looks as I want it to. I then create a Custom Preset so I can apply it to other images.
As the effect is applied as a layer, you have an extra level of control. Interestingly, DxO has done lots of research into film emulsions to enable it to replicate the appearance of a traditional film with its FilmPack software. As well as reproducing the sharpness and contrast characteristics, DxO FilmPack can mimic the distribution, size and shape of the grain.
The aim is to produce an image that looks like it has been captured with an old camera. You can even as scratches and dust marks if you want.
The starting point is the is to pick from a series of thumbnails on the left of the screen to apply a preset treatment to your image. Actually, some of these effects are probably best described as faults — Lens Distortion, Light Leaks, Dirt and Scratches etc.
Selecting one applies a basic treatment to your image, but you can tailor and refine it using the controls on the left of the screen. Bokeh, for example, allows you to position a target over the area that you want to be sharp. You can also specify the size of the graduation between the sharp and blurred areas. Each effect reveals a different set of controls.
The parameters available under these Control Points varies depending upon the effect. And of course, just like Silver Efex, Analog Efex applies its effects as a layer.