Category: Color Efex Pro

Color Efex Pro is one of the older plug-ins in the Nik Collection, but also one of the most interesting. It consists of a large collection of individual filters for everything from special effects to levels and curves adjustments and there are two features which make it especially powerful.

The first is its control point selection technology, pioneered by Nik Software. You can use this to mask your effects quickly and easily to protect areas of the image from adjustment, or apply filter effects to specific areas only.

The second is the ability to ‘stack’ any number of different filters together to create a practically infinite variety of ‘looks’ – and you can save your favourite looks as ‘Recipes’, or single-click presets you can use again and again.

So here’s a selection of effects created in Color Efex Pro, but these really do just scratch the surface.



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