Top 15 Cool Photo Effects of Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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Photo Editing Software such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paintshop, Serif Photoplus, etc can be one of the most vital part being an inclined photographer or even for professional photographer alike. Having a DSLR camera could be enough to produce a high quality and stunning photos yet, using some photo effects and editing software can bring your photo to its utmost quality!

Photo Effect is not new to us. Many might be using Adobe Photoshop (like me) and this software alone provide some, though not quite many, photo/color effects to enhance your photos. Moreover, adding the functionality to produce more quality photos is what makes the work more convenient to us, users. One of the photo effects software I am using is the Nik Software Color Effects Pro. Each effect brings new life to your photos and not just that, it also provides far lot more versatile color effects option from classic to sophisticated retouching.



What is Nik Software Efex Pro?

Nik Software Color Efex Pro is a collection of digital filters that are widely used by many of today's professional photographers around the world to save time and to produce professional level results. The filter set includes traditional and stylizing filters that offer virtually endless possibilities to enhance and transform images quickly and easily. Source: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/


How to add Nik Software Color Efex Pro in Adobe Photoshop?

If you haven't yet figured out adding effects in Adobe Photoshop, here is the step-by-step process. Since I am using Adobe Photoshop, this tutorial may not work for other editing software. So, here's how to do this. Make sure you have already installed any version of Adobe and you have Nik Software package downloaded or purchased before doing this. If you don't have it yet,

you can DOWNLOAD Nik Software Color Efex Pro HERE.

  1. Go to your PC/laptop's drive where you have installed the Adobe Photoshop.
  2. If you have installed it in C: drive, go to C:Program filesAdobe folder.
  3. In Adobe folder, you should see the Adobe Photoshop folder with the current version you are using. Go to Adobe Photoshop CS#versionPlug-ins.
  4. In Plug-ins folder, paste the extracted folder of Nik Software you have downloaded. This folder should contain 2 files: Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete and Selective Tool.
  5. To use the effects, open your pictures in Adobe. Click the layer of the picture → Filter Menu → Nik Software. Now, you can choose among the options available.


Top 15 Cool Photo Effects of Nik Software

Below are the coolest photo effects of Nik Software based on my own preferences.

Glamour Glow

Glamour Glow
Glamour Glow

Gives portrait photographers a powerful way to stylize images with dreamy, soft effects. This is one of my favorite effects as it makes the pictures glow more.

Dynamic Skin Softener

Dynamic Skin Softener
Dynamic Skin Softener

Creates soft, lustrous skin, without affecting other objects in the image. It makes the skin looks young. This filter can even be used on photos that don't contain people to take advantage of the unique softening effect on other objects. I usually use this for close-up pictures.

Cross Processing

Cross Processing
Cross Processing

Controls the degree to which the filter is applied to your photo. Color Efex 3.0 has 19 cross processing effect.

Tonal Contrast

Tonal Contrast
Tonal Contrast

This filter provides powerful control over the textures and details found throughout your photo. It will make your pictures more elaborated so if you do have a bit blurred picture, you might use this one.

Paper Toner

Paper Toner
Paper Toner

Simulates the different types of toners typically used on black and white prints in darkrooms. Use this filter to automatically convert an image into a black and white version before adding the toner effect; for best results and more control, use the B/W Conversion filter first.

Foliage

Foliage
Foliage

Identifies foliage and greenery in an image and enhances or stylizes those objects.

Bleach Bypass

Bleach Bypass
Bleach Bypass

Simulates the technique used with color film in which the bleach step is skipped, resulting in a high contrast, low saturation effect. This look has been used by both still photographers and motion film makers to create stylized and impactful images.

Ink

Ink
Ink

Simulates the stylistic effect of special photographic papers and toners.

Reflector Effects

Reflector Effects
Reflector Effects

Simulates traditional photographic reflects to open up shadows and control light in the image.

Graduated Filters

Graduated Filters
Graduated Filters

Simulates the use of a traditional glass graduated filter, blending a color into one half of your photo.

Contrast Color Range

Contrast Color Range
Contrast Color Range

Provides control over the contrast between selected colors within an image.

Vignette Blur

Vignette Blur
Vignette Blur

Defocuses detail around the center of the image, drawing the eye to the inside of the image.

Old Photo

Old Photo
Old Photo

Transforms an image to resemble an old photograph, with styles to simulate various black and white and color processes.

Low Key

Low Key
Low Key

Enables you to simulate the look of a low key photo, with uniformly dark tones and low contrast. This filter is also helpful to enhance images that were shot as low key images.

Solarization

Solarization
Solarization

Simulates the Sabatier (more often referred to as solarization) darkroom process. Use this filter to create a stylistic effect in which some tones and colors are reversed.

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Oh my gosh this is a GREAT hub! Thanks for the information.


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Bredavies 4 years ago

The dynamic skin softener is the best one! great hub.


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voiceofsanjeev 3 years ago from INDIA

Nice Post with the cool images. There are other software that do the photo recovery from deleted images from camera. Check out the best one on the internet.


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lzlpio90 3 years ago Author

@Angela Brummer: Thanks you for your nice comment.

@Bredavies: That is one of my fave too! especially close-up or portrait photos :)

@voiceofsanjeev: Thanks for dropping by. I haven't tried that one. But that's a good thing to know.


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voiceofsanjeev 3 years ago from INDIA

ya....

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