Phase One has launched version 11 of my chosen raw image editing software Capture One Pro with some great new features that we’re going to take a look at today.
I have been using Capture One Pro 11 over the past few weeks, getting used to the new features, and I am very impressed with what Phase One has done in this recent major update.
To quickly name some of the new features that have really resonated with me, we’re talking about huge improvements in how layers are handled, including Layer Opacity and Annotations, and great new Refine Edge options. We can now change the masks feather after creating it, and there’s a new Grey Scale Mask to help us when further refining edits. Overall speed and performance have been improved, and another thing that I’m pleased to see is an Import Duplicate Checker.
I’ve created a video to walk you through these new features so grab a coffee or whatever and take a look.
If you haven’t tried Capture One Pro yet, you can download and use a fully functional version for 30 days here: https://mbp.ac/c1download
And to help you get up to speed, you can list all of the Capture One Pro tutorials that I’ve released so far here: https://mbp.ac/cotutorials
Download and try Capture One Pro here: https://mbp.ac/c1download
My Capture One Pro Tutorials: https://mbp.ac/cotutorials
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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 Complete Collection that I bought a few years ago, but I never really used it. I just didn’t find it that useful, but now, with the ability to apply multiple filters and save your filter combinations and effects as recipes, this software really has become incredibly useful.
I often use Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 when I feel that the color gets in the way, or when black and white would enhance the image, and I often shoot with black and white in mind. I love the high contrast and often heavy skies I can get with Silver Efex Pro 2. Sometimes though, I feel as though I’m throwing something out when I get rid of the color, but now, with Color Efex Pro 4, I can create those amazing heavy skies and high contrast images without throwing out the color.
I certainly don’t think you need to use these filters on every image, but sometimes there’s more potential in an image than we are able to bring out with the camera and Lightroom or Photoshop alone. I find these plugins a great addition to my post processing toolbox.
Note that in addition to using a white vignette as I show in the video, you can also use the Vignette Lens filter to lighten the edges of a photo.
Remember, if decide to give Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 or any of Nik’s plugins a try, don’t forget to use our discount code, MBP15 when you check out. [The package is now free and being end-of-lifed so I’ve removed the links etc.]
Don’t forget to hit the full-screen button in the video window. If the full-screen button isn’t available, click on the Vimeo link and go full-screen from there.
Note that there is an iPod/iPhone version of this video in iTunes, but when watching on a computer, the video above is better.
Here are a few example conversions from the video. The Ship on Shore conversion is how I would use Color Efex Pro 4 here, not how we left on in the example in the video. Click a thumbnail to view the images. Once the image has opened, you can navigate back and forth by clicking the image.
Wrecked Minesweeper – Original (no processing)
Wrecked Minesweeper – Color Efex Pro 4 Version
Wrecked Minesweeper – Silver Efex Pro 2 Version
Deception Island Iceberg – Original (Well, blacks were increased in Lightroom)
Deception Island Iceberg – Color Efex Pro 4 Version
A Mother’s Love – Original
A Mother’s Love – Color Efex Pro 4 Version