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Nik Software has released version 4 of its Color Efex Pro filter suite. Announced three weeks ago, Color Efex Pro 4 is now shipping. New effects include Detail Extractor, Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. The release also includes stackable filters, a new History Browser, improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability. Two versions are available: the Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition contains 55 filters with a suggested retail price of €199.95/$199.95. The Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition contains 26 filters with a suggested retail price of € 99,95/$99.95.
Nik Press Release
Nik Software Releases Color Efex Pro 4
New version offers enhanced features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters, and much more
Hamburg – September 27, 2011 – Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com) today began shipping Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. The 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offer a new generation of technologies and features for creating stunning effects and introduce stackable filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters such as Detail Extractor, Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. Color Efex Pro 4 also includes a new History Browser, improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability.
“Color Efex Pro has hands-down been my most-used plug-in and version 4 opens up a whole new world for photographers,” said Scott Kelby, President, National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals. “The ability to stack filters on top of each other right inside the plug-in, and to save your own filter recipes, just blew me away. Hats off to Nik Software: If you can only have one plug-in, this has to be the one!”
Nik Software’s latest U Point technology provides Color Efex Pro 4 with easy-to-use tools for photographers to fine-tune and stylize their images with precise selective adjustments without complicated selections and layer masks. The filter effects can be added or subtracted from images with incredible precision, using a few clicks of the mouse. When enhancements are made, they are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results. Color Efex Pro 4 takes full advantage of the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) and multi-core processors for responsiveness and fast processing.
KEY NEW FEATURES:
• NEW: Filter Combinations—Add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look
• NEW: Brand New Filters—Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural Image Borders, and much more
• NEW: Visual Presets—Each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible to explore creative options quickly
• NEW: Style Recipes—Customize and share filter combinations with others, using recipes
• NEW: History Browser— Facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different looks
• NEW: GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization—GPU Processing takes full advantage of the processors found on advanced display adapters providing even faster performance
• NEW: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow—Benefit from interface and interaction improvements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys, and much more
Pricing and Availability
Color Efex Pro 4 is available now for electronic and boxed delivery directly from Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com), through specialty camera retailers, and through online and national resellers. A complete list of Nik Software resellers may be found at
Two versions of the software are available: The Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition contains 55 filters with a suggested retail price of €199,95, US$199.95 or equivalent in other currencies. The Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition contains 26 filters with a suggested retail price of € 99,95, US$99.95 or equivalent in other currencies. Upgrades to the Complete Edition from any edition of versions 2.0 or 3.0 are € 99,95, US$99.9595 or equivalent in other currencies. Customers who purchased Color Efex Pro or a Complete Collection bundle on or after August 7, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade. For further information on the free upgrade, customers may visit
Color Efex Pro 4 is Windows and Mac compatible and installs as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 or later, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.6 or later, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or later, Apple® Aperture® 2.1.4 or later. For more information about Color Efex Pro 4, including video tutorials, feature lists, and special live online preview sessions, please visit:
About Nik Software
Nik Software, Inc. develops award-winning desktop and mobile software solutions and technologies for the professional digital imaging and consumer photography markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic products and technologies, including its patented U Point® technology and its Snapseed™ mobile product line.
In 2011, the company earned the prestigious International TIPA Award for Best Photo Software for its Complete Collection of professional photography products, which includes Color Efex Pro™, HDR Efex Pro™, Sharpener Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™, Viveza®, and Dfine® In 2011, the company also earned the EISA Award for European Photo Software of the Year 2011-2012 for Silver Efex Pro 2. For more information, visit http://www.niksoftware.com.