Color Efex Pro 3.0-Complete
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- Newly redesigned interface
- Saves Time
- Quality, Professional results
- Simplifies the art of enhancing images
Top Customer Reviews
First, 3.0 cleared up nearly all the program-crashing bugs that plagued a lot of Nik's software with Photoshop and version 2.0. The program runs cleanly when invoked and very rarely has it crashed on me. That stability is important: if Nik crashes, so too does your Photoshop. You will lose all work done to that point.
What Nik does is bring some creative effects to the table. The default of the effects (you can download a free demo to try them) always starts to strong. But you can create your own presets within the interface so you can always achieve consistent color effects. That's important since the program goes back to default settings once Photoshop is closed. But with effects from the ever-popular Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, and color toning, there is a lot to like here. As well, you can control clipping in the lights and darks with many of the effects (or, if you have copious amounts of time, fiddle with the vaunted U-Control points).
So, in all, what it does, it does well. But here's the problem: this program is expensive AND a HUGE time sink. If you don't mind spending 10-20 minutes on each image you create (i.e., you do NOT have a life and don't mind sitting in front of the computer all day/night), this program will give you great images! But most of us, especially those with professional portrait studios, don't have the time. Honestly, almost all of Color Efex effects can be done in LR if you unlock the right combination.Read more ›
Oh, and if you've notice noise in your images, try Dfine® 2.0. It works like magic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Color Efex Pro 3 and have been playing with Color Efex 4 since it was released this week. I honestly can say I use it almost everyday. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by CoastalPhoto
While there is no doubt that photoshop CS5 is feature packed, If I could have only one additional thing, it would be this suite. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer