We use now Nik
Color Efex 1.0 since November 2000 and
still find it one of the nicest set of effect filters around. We even
feature the use of some filters in our e-book DOP2101
(Sample Workflow Sessions).
Now we just got the version 2.0 and we can say it is a very worthy
upgrade. Here are some of the improvements:
- Filters now all 16bit
- New effects
- Enhanced control of the effects
The only complaint we have is that we would like to see larger previews
as most effects cannot be properly judged on a small preview. But once
you found your settings you can save and recall them at any time later.
Rather than looking at the wealth of filters we will feature some
of the filters we like most in separate articles.
You cannot fully simulate the effect of IR photography
with digital filters but the Color Efex simulation is one of the finest
we have seen so far.
This is a classic California shot at
noon with unforgiving sun. The gate is nice but the sky is really boring.
The main IR B/W dialog
We won't describe the sliders as you
have to experience them yourself. But there are multiple modes to render
IR modes (we used mode 3)
A very powerful new enhancement is provided
by the "Advanced" tab:
The red bar in the histogram shows blown
highlights and a green bar possibly blocked shadows. You can
use the "Protect"
sliders to correct some of the problems.
Protect Highlights at 100%
Here is the resulting image:
The Color Efex B/W IR filter is fun to
Nik Color Efex filters are not cheap:
- Standard $99,95 (19 filters)
- Select Edition $159.95 (45 filters)
- Pro Complete Edition $299 (75 filters)
But these filters are not the "me too" type of filters and we think
worth even the steep price. Get yourself a demo.