Verdict: 9/10 Colour Efex Pro initially looks a little dated, with some good filters but a whole lot more filters you think you might never find a use for. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll find its best filters are very useful indeed and the ability to combine filters into Recipes dramatically expands its potential. AND you get control point adjustments too. Color Efex Pro is … [Read more...] about Color Efex Pro review
Color Efex Pro (Nik Collection)
Color Efex Pro is one of the plug-ins in the Nik Collection, now owned and published by DxO. It offers more than 50 filters which can be used individually or combined into a practically limitless array of 'recipes'. Both can be used to create single-click preset effects.
It does seem a bit perverse, adding colour to a black and white image which used to be colour in the first place, but hand-coloured (or digitally-coloured) black and white has a very particular 'look' that colour images just don't have. So this image (below) is one I originally shot in colour but then reworked as a black and white image with a little more contrast and a … [Read more...] about Hand coloured black and white with a bi-colour filter
You normally associate soft focus effects with portraits, but they can work on all kinds of images, adding a romantic, dreamy feel to an everyday scene. Landscapes, for example, are often given a dramatic, brooding look when sometimes the emotion we feel is much lighter. Here's an example. This tree-lined avenue felt bright, airy and summery, but somehow the picture … [Read more...] about Try this soft focus effect on landscapes
Infra red photography creates an unusual and surreal view of the world that can also be very beautiful. You can do it in black and white or colour, but the techniques used today with digital cameras are rather different to those used with film. Infra red film photography is relatively straightforward – you simply use film sensitised to the infra red part of the spectrum. … [Read more...] about See the world in infra red
Maybe you wouldn't normally think of Capture One Pro as an image-editor. It's a superb RAW converter and general image enhancement tool, but most of the time you'd probably swap to a plug-in or an external editor for really detailed effects work – especially any that required localised adjustments. • Capture One Pro 11.1 review But I've been spending some time with Capture … [Read more...] about Black and white in Capture One Pro
It's that time of year when autumn leaves produce a riot of colour, and you've only got a short window of time to get out there and get pictures. But the results don't always match your expectations, and this shot is a prime example. The reds and yellows of the leaves were striking, but they were also too close together in tone to produce an effective contrast between … [Read more...] about Improve autumn colours with Google’s Contrast Colour Range filter
Color Efex Pro, part of the DxO Nik Collection, is a terrific plug-in with an amazing array of filter effects, each of which has its own controls. Some of them have uses which are obvious straight away, but some… well, not so much. So now and again I have a trawl through the list to see what I can find, and I discovered the Photo Styliser is rather good at creating a warm, … [Read more...] about Try Color Efex Pro 4’s Photo Styliser for a rich, warm landscape
I've got to be honest. I'm compiling a list of my top ten worst Color Efex Pro filters (yes, there are some duds in amongst the great ones), and the Sunlight filter was on it. But in a spirit of fair play I thought I'd better find out for sure what it actually does and whether I was missing something. And you know what? It's going to get a reprieve, because it did turn around … [Read more...] about Add some sunlight with Color Efex Pro!
Normally, if you want to create any kind of black and white effect with the DxO Nik Collection, you'd go straight to Silver Efex Pro. However, Color Efex Pro has some black and white effects of its own. The effects are different to Silver Efex Pro's, so although the tools aren't quite as sophisticated, you might still be able to achieve some unique 'looks'. There are actually … [Read more...] about Do more with Color Efex Pro’s Old Photo effect
Color Efex Pro's Bi-Colour filter adds a colour gradient to your pictures, adding a subtle wash of one colour to the base and one to the top. It's not an effect you'll use every day, but don't dismiss it straight away because there is a type of shot where it really comes to life, and that's any picture with silhouettes or monochromatic skies. These can be quickly transformed … [Read more...] about Pimp your pictures with the Color Efex Pro Bi-Colour filter