Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Anyone using Nix Software Silver EFEX?

Photographer

Prismatic Hawk

Posts: 21

Hayward, California, US

Do you like it?  Do you have any images that you edited with it for examples?  Thanks.

Nov 19 12 02:47 am Link

Photographer

MountAnnanImages

Posts: 46

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I use it. Love it! The things you can do with it are phenomenal and has allowed me to create images I would not have dreamed of creating. The program is easy to use and certainly allows one to experiment with your images. My avatar image was run through it.

Frank

Nov 19 12 03:04 am Link

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TRENT FETFAN

Posts: 1026

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US

I use it daily for different things but almost never for just doing black and white stuff:)

Here is an image I used it on that is color
18+ http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30434198

Nov 19 12 11:09 am Link

Digital Artist

Koray

Posts: 6702

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Nik Color Efex's black and white conversion is as good as silver efex and you get many other good adjustments and can make way better images both color and bw.

Nov 19 12 11:49 am Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2286

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

I use it a lot, but most of it can be done in Photoshop.But I like having all the controls nearby eachother. I use it to get more "character" or drama in portraits.
Heres an image, 1 of 120 portraits that I took of local people here where I live.

http://www.lutzimages.com/crimson_captain_800.jpg

Nov 19 12 01:17 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

I have the Nik package that includes Silver Efex, Dfine, Sharpener Pro, Viveza and some other plug-ins and, though I love it and it's fun to play with, I rarely end up using any of them when all is said and done.

Nov 19 12 01:26 pm Link

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Leighthenubian

Posts: 2975

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

All the time...once you get proficient with it and start using the U point controls it becomes amazing...

Nov 19 12 01:49 pm Link

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Ken Sanville Photo

Posts: 272

Louisville, Colorado, US

Had it for a couple months, LOVE it!!

Nov 20 12 10:29 am Link

Photographer

DareImagesArt

Posts: 48

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yep, great tool... The whole range is.. Made a difference to my post production. Most of my recent black and whites have been through it..

Nov 21 12 10:04 am Link

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nasicomy

Posts: 7

Vilnius, Vilniaus, Lithuania

Illuminate wrote:
All the time...once you get proficient with it and start using the U point controls it becomes amazing...

I may sound stupid but what is U point controls? is it U shape in Curves?
thanks

Nov 22 12 12:55 am Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 38935

Portland, Oregon, US

I have yet to try it...

I'm curious, how well does it work for batch processing a large volume of images, such as in Lightroom.

What I am considering is taking modern-day event images and trying to batch process to resemble a vintage BW film type and help the images look older.

Nov 23 12 10:19 am Link

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Leighthenubian

Posts: 2975

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

nasicomy wrote:

I may sound stupid but what is U point controls? is it U shape in Curves?
thanks

It's the same principle as adjustment brushes in Lightroom. Using it allows you to selectively edit specific areas of the image. You attach a U-Point control to s spot on your image, then use the sliders to adjust the characteristics of that area.

Nov 23 12 10:30 am Link

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Honey Stinger

Posts: 6357

Madison, Wisconsin, US

pellepiano wrote:
I use it a lot, but most of it can be done in Photoshop.But I like having all the controls nearby eachother. I use it to get more "character" or drama in portraits.
Heres an image, 1 of 120 portraits that I took of local people here where I live.

http://www.lutzimages.com/crimson_captain_800.jpg

Brilliant. Cheers!

Nov 24 12 08:42 am Link

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sublime LightWorks

Posts: 6065

Atlanta, Georgia, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110811/07/4e43e1759bf31_m.jpg

Like this?  Click the image to see the full one in my port.

Nov 25 12 05:28 pm Link

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MacLeod Designs

Posts: 3309

Mooresville, North Carolina, US

yes i do and i love it

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121118/12/50a9486a9ce70.jpg

Nov 26 12 08:09 am Link

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Ezhini

Posts: 1610

Wichita, Kansas, US

nasicomy wrote:

I may sound stupid but what is U point controls? is it U shape in Curves?
thanks

Google is your friend:   http://www.upoint.com/

Nov 26 12 08:11 am Link

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Rich Arnold Photography

Posts: 945

Los Angeles, California, US

All my B/W's here are done in Silver Efex. Don't leave home without it.

Nov 27 12 08:52 am Link