Friday, July 15, 2011

Photo Thoughts–Editing Seattle with Nik Software

If you missed the Nik Software webinar by Janice Wendt (see here), I’ve created a video where I try to replicate what she did based on my own notes from her presentation. This results in my workflow being a more choppy than it typically is, but hopefully you’ll still get something out of it.

I recommend you view these videos in full screen using HD and turn your sound volume level up.

I begin by using Dfine to do noise reduction on the image to prepare it for the rest of its editing journey:

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Here’s part two where I edit the image using Viveza:

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and finally here’s part III where I finish up using Color Efex:

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Anonymous said...

I'm a lightroom / Photoshop user and I'm thinking about to buy a complete NIK edition. The only Lightroom package is available about the half price of the PS+LR. Could you help me to decide?
(In Europe it is more expensive....)
My demo period expired long time ago (( said...

If you are curently own Photoshop then get the full version. If you know you are going to own Photoshop in the foreseeable future, then get the full version. If you are never going to Photshop get the Lightroom only version.

The only exception to that rule is finances. If you can't afford it, then you can't afford it. You'll save money in the long run if you get the full version now if you plan to use it with Photoshop. However, if you can't you can't.

Functionality-wise it's the same product in Lightroom and Photoshop. Photoshop just adds the support to add your changes as a layer instead of separate file, and to have the Nik products automatically create a layer for you. They also support smart objects which is nice for a non-destructive workflow (but it's pretty slow).

See for info on how to save in Europe. You can also buy a US version via digital download if you don't mind the language limitations of that edition.

Miklós said...

Thanks for your fast response Ron!

I would go for the Complete - and probably I will choose the US download version.

I've got only one question regarding NIK - Can I do batch processing easily with Color FX in Lightroom? said...

Hi Miklós,

Sorry, i've been behind on processing comments on the blog - my apologies for the delayed response.

The nature of the Nik Software products (primarily the power of their U-Point controls) don't make them good candidates for batch processing because you'll use U-Points differently in every photo.

With that said, you can create an action that launches the add-in, but honestly I've never done it so I don't know how well it really works.