Nik Software has just released Silver Efex Pro 2. I’ve long felt that Silver Efex is the best available software for transforming color images to black and white. It’s available for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.
The flexibility and power of the new application is very impressive. Here’s some interesting features:
Control Points – selective image edits and adjustments
History Browser - like Photoshop, you can move back and forth at will in your editing history
Structure and Fine Structure expanded/upgraded – fine structure brings out more visible detail in details and textures
GPU Processing – true 64-bit processing
Image Borders – Natural and Customizable
Selective Color – easily mix black and white and color elements in your image
Dynamic Brightness – differential brightness adjustment based on tonal values
One-Click Toning and Split Toning
At the end of the day, though, it’s the image quality that’s got me hooked. It’s not just faster, it’s better.
I’ve found that images I’ve edited using Silver Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2 look very good on paper, whether I’m using lustre, glossy, fine art, or canvas materials.
I’ll have a complete review by the end of next week.
For more information, go to Nik Software. You can download a 15 day free trial if you wish. You can also receive a 15% discount upon purchase, using the code DSAFFIR in your shopping cart.
Here’s a link to my earlier review of Silver Efex Pro.
I have a workshop coming up this Saturday, Feb 26. Here’s a link to the course description: