Nik Collection

9 posts
23 Feb 2014
Brian2008
Photographer
Brian2008
Hi all
Do any of you use the Nik collection software for editing your images and what do you find it most useful for please?

Thank you
Brian

Posted 23 Feb 2014
Fox2006
Photographer
Fox2006
Silver Efex....you get the whole collection for under 90 quid, the rest is ok too.

Posted 24 Feb 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I bought it, never used it.

Admittedly I've not played much with it but on my initial testing I found a lot of the effects are quite gimmicky and if you have a basic understanding of adjustments, layers & actions in Photoshop you can do most of them yourself (and do them better with finer control & subtlety).
Posted 24 Feb 2014
Edited by RedChecker 24 Feb 2014
Brian2008
Photographer
Brian2008
Thanks for the information guys that a great help!

Posted 24 Feb 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Use it quite a lot. It has some good effects on it but I go against the general opinion and don't find Silver Efex that useful or better than anything else. If anything I prefer Imagenomics Real Grain and Perfect B&W.

A preferred suite for me is Perfect Photosuite 7, this includes Perfect mask, Perfect Portrait, Perfect Effects, Perfect Focus, Perfect B&W (excellent) and a resize programme. Of course many of the actions can be done in layers/masks in PS but Perfect Effects has some striking styles and great borders and Perfect Portrait handles skin/blemish enhancements really well.....(just waiting for the backlash on this!!)

My mistake was not buying a 64 bit machine as these are memory heavy particularly when used as a PS plug in!

Posted 25 Feb 2014
DaseinPhoto
Photographer
DaseinPhoto
I use Nik and love it, though mostly for my wildlife shoots. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily say it is better than other products I think it wins out in cost/benefit ratio (every time I get a cut price offer on Perfect Photosuite I hover over the buy button but don't quite ever click)

Highlights: Silver Effects Pro is excellent on the rare occasion I do BW. It has helped me out no end this winter with the drab flat days with tonal and contrast adjustments to give that little extra lift. I find things like soft focus and glamour glow adds to portraits/model shots as long as you rain them in a bit. I wouldn't now be without the noise reduction and output sharpener.

Like all effects suites I think you might end up using 4 or 5 regularly and some of the wackier ones occasionally.

As already stated I wouldn't get into a fight over Nik verses PP, either are worth a punt.

Posted 25 Feb 2014
CHRISblunt
Photographer
CHRISblunt
I use Colour Efex4 . Has some excellent pre sets. Have Silver Efex, but prefer some of the Topaz Suite.

Chris

Posted 26 Feb 2014
Photoimager
Photographer
Photoimager
Detail enhancer and a few others in ColourEfex.
Silver Efex and Viveza if I'm processing in Adobe software rather than Nikon's CNX2.

Posted 26 Feb 2014
MikeBee
Photographer
MikeBee
Silver Efex has an excellent menu. It's quick and easy to use and equal to any thing Photoshop has to offer.
for the small investment it's always useful to have.
As for the others in the suite Viveza is a real star if used well..


Posted 4 March 2014
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