Nik Software Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture
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- Dfine 2.0, HDR Efex Pro 2
- Viveza. Color Efex Pro 3.0
- Silver Efex Pro
- Sharpener Pro 3.0.
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I've tinkered with the other parts of the collection but not enough to say anything about them other than they appear to be similarly powerful. I'm looking forward to learning how to use silver efex. A good thing to do is google for a coupon - just google on nik software coupon. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Mine was twenty five percent off.
I am glad that I did. Now I have more selective control over tonality, brightness, hue, etc. etc. than I ever dreamed was possible. I make subtle enhancements that never occurred to me before. Now I don't know how I would get along without this package.
Oh yes. Integration with Aperture is seamless and the the two complement each other. With Snow Leopard everything runs blazingly fast.
I bought the complete collection for Lightroom 3 because I got a legit version at a price too good to pass up. After using it for about 6 months, I'd say it's definitely worth the selling price. While it's not totally intuitive, it is very easy to learn. A couple free tutorials from the Nik website and a little practice and I was performing localized adjustments with far better results than ever before. I use Viveza and Color Efex to improve nearly every good photo I take. Output sharpening in Sharpener Pro has greatly improved my prints. HDR Efex makes great-looking HDR a piece of cake. (HDR Efex Pro now comes with the complete collection. If the software isn't included on your disk, you can download it from Nik's website.) I haven't used Dfine much, but some toying I did suggests it will be helpful with high-ISO when I need it. While I own both Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5, thanks to the Nik software I only use Photoshop for advanced editing and soft-proofing prior to printing.
One drawback of the Lightroom version stems from the lack of layers in Lightroom. I now have a common workflow that includes shooting raw, adjusting exposure and white balance in Lightroom, then Color Efex, Viveza, & Sharpener Pro. Each step in Lightroom either requires you to save a copy or make irreversible changes to the original. I work with copies, which results in many versions of the same file which either take up space and confuse things, or must be deleted and risk accidental deletion of the original.Read more ›
These are powerful tools to make Aperture 2 or 3 a really nice editing program (along with Aperture's strengths in organization). As some other reviewers have said, buy this with Aperture, and you can almost replace Photoshop. I never have been a fan of Photoshop, finding it unnecessarily complex with tools I just don't use. For me, on the edge of being a prosumer/amateur, this is a nice program. If you already own Aperture, this is a fairly nice investment. If you don't, it's an expensive proposition, but I did it because I thought it was the best combination of programs for my needs. And they are incredibly easy to use. I was scared of them at first, but the learning curve is fast.
As an added benefit, Nik Software is launching HDR Efex Pro in October, and you get it free if you purchased this set after July. I can't wait, because HDR editing is something of interest to me.
There are a couple of negatives. Only Viveza 2 is 64 bit compliant for Aperture 3. The other ones are 32 bit compliant, so Aperture asks to quit to convert to 32 bit (fairly automated process on a Mac). It's slower. But Nik Software is claiming that it will release 64 bit versions of the rest of their products. The second issue is more of an annoyance. There's a Key Code for each of the programs, all different. You have to add in 5 different Key Codes, all very long, to install each of the 5. They should do that more efficiently with one code for all 5.
Update: Now three of the components, Viveza 2, Silver Efex Pro, and Color Efex Pro 3.0 are 64bit compliant. They run very well with Aperture 3.Read more ›
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I use mostly the silver FX software for black and white photography. It is amazing what it can do, and so easy thanks to their numerous templates. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by tjwash
These are wonderful programs that complement, supplement and improve on the editing I do with my Aperture3 basic photo processing. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by WLS
No doubt, it does make work easy, blends well with Lightroom 4.2 and complements it with outstanding results! Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by E. Navarro
I have installed the Nik Complete collection for Lightroom and I am so far satisfied with the results. I have only used it on a few photo's and the results are amazing. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by lkell
I originally only wanted Silver Efex Pro 2 but by purchasing the entire collection (Lightroom only) it worked out much less per software then just buying Silver Efex Pro 2. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Jeff Shapiro
I purchased NIK CEP4 and at first I was delighted. The improvement and new features are stunning, far too many improvements to go into here, until, upon a request from the studio... Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Stephen P Gursey
This is a great plug in compliment to Lightroom. I have already found many filters that I have used and saved as part of saved recipes to go back to. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by RKnphoto
Nik software is wonderful.
As a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, I know a lot about Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5, yet the improvements I... Read more
What can I say, when I first started using Lightroom I thought I had found the Holy Grail of photography. Between Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.6 my prayers were answered. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by DaveW