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Old Mar 25, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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I've been interested in the Silver Efx plug-in for a while now. This deal might be enough for me to make the jump.

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Does anyone have any experience using these?
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I have never used Nik Software. I jumped on this deal with a 15% discount code. I was about to buy HDR Efex Pro 2 before the new pricing came out. I am glad I waited. I can't wait to use it. Nik also offers some great training to get the most out of their software. I highly recommend it.
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I received a set of Nik Software color affects filters when I purchased something......can't remember what, but I do have them as a plug-in in Photoshop CS6. Haven't used them much. Played with them a time or two but nothing beyond that. They seem sort-of like a digital version of buying the Cokin filter system......which they might not like being compared to.
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Hi,

I currently use CS6 for the bulk of my photo editing. I did, however, buy the Silver FX pro2 plug-in and find that it does a good job of converting color photographs into black & white. There are a lot of different B&W filters, with each being able to be controlled thru the use of sliders. The sliders work very much like the ones found in Camera RAW. As a result, the learning curve was pretty flat&short.
I would recommend it to anyone that liked to convert their color photos to black & white.

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Hi,

I currently use CS6 for the bulk of my photo editing. I did, however, buy the Silver FX pro2 plug-in and find that it does a good job of converting color photographs into black & white. There are a lot of different B&W filters, with each being able to be controlled thru the use of sliders. The sliders work very much like the ones found in Camera RAW. As a result, the learning curve was pretty flat&short.
I would recommend it to anyone that liked to convert their color photos to black & white.

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Apparently they are offering "upgrades" into the whole suite for anyone who purchased one of the components. So you may want to keep an eye on your email inbox . . .

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/445...ftware-plugins

"If you previously bought any of these plugins, Google isn’t going to leave you in the cold for already having dropped a lot of money. If you purchased any individual plugin within the last five years, you get the entire collection for free. If you spent more than $149 on plugins since February 22nd of this year, you’ll be refunded the difference."

I haven't pushed the button yet but think I might give it a whirl. Nice to hear about the learning curve . . .
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Apparently they are offering "upgrades" into the whole suite for anyone who purchased one of the components. So you may want to keep an eye on your email inbox . . .

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/445...ftware-plugins

"If you previously bought any of these plugins, Google isnít going to leave you in the cold for already having dropped a lot of money. If you purchased any individual plugin within the last five years, you get the entire collection for free. If you spent more than $149 on plugins since February 22nd of this year, youíll be refunded the difference."

I haven't pushed the button yet but think I might give it a whirl. Nice to hear about the learning curve . . .
I did receive the e-mail notification from Google regarding the free download which I installed last night. Haven't had a chance to see the entire collection as yet.

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First attempt at using one of plugins, Viveza. I only played for a little while, but its main ability seems to be to change certain portions of the image while leaving others alone. I created a few main "control points" which allowed me to remove the saturation in the top part of the bird feeder, for example.

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The second image looks a little more exposed to me, but that could well have been because of something I did. Anyhow, it seems pretty powerful and fun. A few other adjustments I made were some more contrast and color to the birdseed, then another adjustment to the bird. The background looks a little changed to me at places too, but I still like it so i left it alone.

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