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Podcast 308 : Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 Walkthrough

Today I walk you through the updated Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software. As you'll see, this gives you amazing control over the look of your images, and I only touch the surface with regards to the available filters. I owned Color Efex Pro 3, as part of the...

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  • Bill McCarroll
    Posted at 12:34h, 11 November Reply

    I have Color Efex Pro 4 Martin, but it was really nice watching you use it. I picked up on a few things that I wasn’t aware of like the negative control point. Nice way to isolate areas that you don’t want to affect. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 13:34h, 11 November Reply

    You’re very welcome Bill. Thanks for watching!


  • Tom Nevesely
    Posted at 11:00h, 13 November Reply

    Great episode! I’ve been a user or Color Efex 3 for a while now and your podcast convinced me to upgrade to the new version. I really like how you can stack the filters now!

    I love your Deception Island photo!!!

  • Mark Friedman
    Posted at 01:11h, 17 November Reply


    Your demonstration of the software is very well done. But how does it work? Are the filters the equivalents of a “super” recovery or fill slider that give effects that could not otherwise be obtained with LR or ACR alone? Do you first optimize your images in LR or ACR before turning to the NIK software?

    As always, thanks for the podcasts.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:41h, 17 November Reply

    Yes, Tom. Stacking those filters now is huge!

    Mark, I use recovery and fill sliders in Lightroom too, but this stuff is just not possible. For example, the second shot that we looked at already had a bit of Lightroom sliders applied, and this was as dramatic as I was able to get it without CEP 4. So, yes, I do work on them in Lightroom first, but if I can’t get them to look how I want them to, I jump into CEP 4.

    I really suggest you download the trial and give it a try for yourself. It really is quite amazing how easily you can get great results. Of course, I don’t use it on all my images. Many are fine with nothing other than simple Lightroom processing, but when you want that extra something, this really is worth trying.


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