Nik Silver Efex Pro Review

July 23, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 10 Comments |

Nik Software Silver Efex ProNik Silver Efex Pro is a brand new software plug-in that promises to make creating black and white images easier and more effective. Silver Efex employs Nik’s innovative U Point Technology to allow for precise selective tonal and contrast control, as well as offering a range of different film types, 20 one-click preset styles, and a Grain engine to emulate the grain properties of film. Silver Efex Pro costs $199.95 / 199.95 Euros - Jon Canfield discovers if Silver Efex Pro is the black and white conversion tool that we’ve all been waiting for…

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#1 Dick Kane

Well worth my time spent reading the article!!!!!!!!!!!

9:40 pm - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

#2 Patricio

I had a copy and this plugin simply Rocks!

It has all the power of VIVEZA, and devoted to B&W;Conversions.

It compares with B&W;Styler but inproves it with the U-Point technology. These are the imprescindible tools for serious digital black and white photography.

10:45 pm - Friday, August 1, 2008

#3 Dan Klooster

I downloaded the Aperture compatible trial. Features are great! Easily the best feature set for digital B&W;. But.... I found many adjustments were painfully s-l-o-w, particularly compared to Aperture's normally super fast handling of large RAW files. Seems like some tweaking and a update may be required before I plunk down my hard earned dinero.

6:35 pm - Friday, August 8, 2008

#4 Jeff Austin

A number of us complained to Nik about the slow performance when launched from Aperture. They released 1.001 earlier this week which fixes the problem according to the email I got from them and also another Aperture user who applied the update. From what I have heard, it is very fast now. Will be testing it myself in a day or two.

8:13 pm - Wednesday, August 13, 2008

#5 Steve Franklin

Nikon user so familiar with Capture NX and all the `U-point' stuff - this can be very slow software and I was interested to see how this performed on my iMac (4Gb RAM).
No problems - delighted in all aspects, A3+ prints from Epson 2880, gloss and matte, are excellent.
A very easy and intuitive package for B&W freaks.

11:32 pm - Saturday, March 7, 2009

#6 jan

color photography is a delight to the eye...
black and white photography is a delight to the soul.
when I decided to go digital I knew it was basically a color medium and maybe I would get a few b%w exhibition quality prints now and again..

Someone saw my work and said "try Silver efex pro"....I am thrilled with this sofrware...I love knowing I can make a b&w to rival my best chemical darkroom prints....feel like I have my soul back in place!

6:35 am - Saturday, April 25, 2009

#7 RW Boyer

Just ran across your review and wanted to say I generally agree with your assessment but found the grain engine, while the best digital yet, still lacking in some aspects - I hope they continue to refine it a bit and revamp the parameters used to control it.

Just a note regarding edge burning - you can use the vignette control with the square shape to accomplish what you desire (all edges at once) for the same effect.

RB

4:43 am - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

#8 Sandeep

Best one so far, liked the filter application. But still stuck with u point tech. It just affects the selected circle size but not the entire range of colour, for eg it wont select the whole blue sky As we can do in photoshop magic wand selecter.

1:20 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2010

#9 aax

thank u

12:45 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#10 ewas

thank y

12:10 am - Wednesday, March 16, 2011