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Silver Efex Pro [Old Version]

by Nik Software
Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • One-click toning selector gives you sepia, selenium, gold, silver, split-toning and user-defined colors for maximum flexibility
  • Ability to select from over a dozen preset styles, as well as save your own
  • Revolutionary U Point technology to control contrast and tonality without the need for complicated selections or layer masks
  • Powerful and complete black and white toolset
  • State-of-the-art grain engine

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DEV95W
  • Item model number: nik-5100
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,555 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description


Silver Efex Pro provides complete power and control to create professional quality black and white images from your color digital photographs, featuring award- winning U Point technology for precisely controlling detail and tonality without the need for complicated selections or layer masks. Advanced imaging algorithms protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive collection of emulated black and white film types, and a state-of-the-art grain reproduction engine help produce the highest quality black and white images possible while providing more freedom to experiment.

Product Description

Discover the beauty of black and white photography with Silver Efex Pro, the world's leading solution for creating stunning images. Silver Efex Pro offers a powerful set of darkroom-inspired features, including the revolutionary U Point technology that enables you to fine-tune your images with precise selective enhancements.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome black and white plug-in for PS and Aperture August 11, 2008
Even though this product is quite pricey, if you love black and white, it is definitely worth it. Gives you amazing control over converting color images to b&w, using predefined templates, additional templates from their website, and also custom setting you can make, and save. Absolutely fantastic. I am running it on an intel Mac Pro w/ 8 Gig of Ram. It is very fast when launched from w/in photoshop. I only gave it 4 stars out of 5 because it is incredibly slow working w/ large 12 and 14 bit raw files when launched from Apple Aperture (but fine from w/in photoshop). A number of people on the web have complained about this and Nik has yet to acknowledge this as a problem. I even offered to help them trouble shoot it to find out where the memory/performance issue was coming from and they didn't respond to my offer. One solution seems to be to launch the plug-in in 8 bit photoshop mode instead of 16 bit but that is just a work around, not a real solution as other Nik software works fine w/ photoshop in 16 bit mode. Overall a great product, I highly recommend you download the 14 day demo and give it a try, and then buy it if you like it as much as I did. The Aperture slow performance was almost a deal-breaker for me but I purchased it anyway knowing that Nik would eventually have to fix that one problem area.

UPDATE: 5 stars. Nik has released version 1.001 which addresses the Aperture slowness problem. Nice and fast now. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I started doing photography in high school and we used good old Panatomic-X and Plus-X from Kodak, D-76 or Microdol developer and we printed on silver bromide paper. In fact, I still have some of my photos and I still love the look of black and white photography.

My digital image software, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 can produce a black and white effect, using the "Enhance Color" setting, or you can remove color. You can also apply filters to make a sepia effect. But what you don't see are the full range of shades of gray, nor the look of film grain, fine for Pan-X, coarser for Plus-X (a medium speed film) and very coarse and grainy for "push-process" film like Tri-X.

Nik Silver Efex Pro lets you reproduce the look of black and white processed silver film as a plug-in for your digital software. You install it into the plug-in directory on your hard drive (so, during installation, you have to go find which directory this is, the software will not automatically locate the correct folder. It's typically under the installed software folders already named "plug-in.") What gets installed is a small window that shows up when you start the editor, and you can pull it down as a filter in the Filters menu (this applies to Adobe Photoshop Elements, as that is what I tested it on.)

If you pull down the Film menu, you can see your photo change from "neutral" to the grain and contrast effects of various typical types of film and you can add photo filters like red (blocks green light, passes red light through), orange or yellow (blocks blue light) and more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Efex Pro---Worth the money December 19, 2009
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I first tried Nik Silver Efex Pro with the FREE 15 day trial from the Nik website. It was easy to use right from the start and was able to get some dramatic effects with very little effort. I then purchased the product from Amazon who had the best price at the time. One downside is that there is not a whole lot of written instructions that come with the product so you are kind of forced to learn by trial and error. But again it is not a terribly difficult program to learn and after playing with it a short while you will soon have it mastered. There are video tutorials available on the Nik website which will get you through the basics. In my opinion, for I am far from Photoshop savvy, it was well worth the money for it does save me time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This software can produce stunning monochrome photographs with a little practice. you need a good photo to start, preferably with some large structural object as the central focus.
It is best to do editing for lighting before using nik. I use levels in photoshop elements 7.0.
there is a wide variety of styles, filters, and film emulating modes to choose from. The u-point technology allows for quick editing of selected areas of the photo. the price is high compared to photoshop elements. If you are selling prints like I am you can quickly pay for this software.
To see examples of my edits, including some originals take a look at pbase.com/xtranch/nik_monochrome_edits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to unleash your creative side July 7, 2009
I purchased this after playing around with the trial version. It is quite amazing how easy this is to use and the results that you can get. I compared some of the results to my old 35mm black and white pictures; you can produce results that are very hard to distinguish from the original. The other nice feature is that you can easily add special effects (antique, sepia, etc) and get some really special pictures. The price may be a bit high for some, but not for those who would normally take the time to spruce up their photos a bit. Highly Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A better way to make B&W digital images
There are several ways to make black & white images with a digital camera. You can set the camera in black & white mode. This records the image in black and white. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by Paul M. Provencher
4.0 out of 5 stars Just magic
Turning images into appealing bw photos can be difficult. Certainly, changing mode to 'grayscale' does not do the trick. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by Cristina Bories
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy!!
This product is almost self explanatory. And if you want a little extra help, sign up for their tutorials. This makes the workflow fun.
Published on October 5, 2010 by dgmicha
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific program
I agree with all the other positive comments and use this program on a regular basis. It works beautifully with Lightroom 3...something that did not happen with Lightroom 2. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by D. Rachlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Black & White
This is so neat, It is very easy to use even for the novice that I am. I would recommend this to any one no matter what their skill level
Published on July 14, 2010 by H. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Efex Pro
Initially, I was against spending this much for a conversion to black and white software. Boy, am I glad I didn't listen to myself. Needless to say, I love it!
Published on June 9, 2010 by Laddy F. Ospanik
5.0 out of 5 stars Nik Silfer Efex
Great editing program for B & W! I give it my highest rating for ease of use as well as the quality you can achieve with it!
Published on April 6, 2010 by Michael R. Holgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Black and White
Over the past year I read the reviews of this Nik software product and kept thinking that it would be kind of fun to work with. Finally I broke down and bought it. Read more
Published on February 19, 2010 by J. R. Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars What is not to like?
Color to B&W with ease and awesome results. Pick one of many sample previews (download more styles at Nik) and then further manipulate it as necessary; gives the user tons of... Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by Christoph
5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible and versitile
Silver Efex Pro is a powerful plug-in for Photoshop. It is fairly simple to get high quality B&W conversions, but if you want it, there is a lot of flexibility to fine-tune the... Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by D. Longfellow
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