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With his casual tone and insightful knowledge, John Batdorff takes readers through all the plug-ins that Nik offers, including those for the mega-popular Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex, and HDR Pro, as well as those for noise reduction and sharpening. In addition, he covers the very popular Snapseed app.
This beautifully illustrated guide provides easy to follow instructions on processing your landscapes, portraits, or streetscapes from start to finish. John includes the benefits of each plug-in, how to use them, and how to incorporate them in your creative workflow. He also covers his favorite presets in action including the black and white filter, detail extractor, and classic soft focus from Color Efex Pro; how to create your own presets in Silver Efex Pro; and his top ten tips and tricks in Viveza.
The Nik Complete Collection includes all of the latest plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Aperture—Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Sharpener Pro 3.0. These products feature Nik Software’s incredibly powerful and easy to use U-Point technology for precise and natural enhancements and corrections without complicated selections or masks.
Extend your photographic vision and harness the full power of Nik's Plug-In Suite (now re-branded as the Nik Collection by Google) with this beautifully illustrated guide that covers the full plug-in suite: Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Sharpener Pro 3.0. Pro photographer John Batdorff provides easy-to-follow instructions for processing and enhancing your landscapes, portraits, and streetscapes with Nik from start to finish.
Nik Collection by Google offers precise and natural enhancements without complicated selections or masks. John includes the benefits of each plug-in and how to incorporate each one in your workflow, whether you use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture, to create more dynamic photographs.
In this guide you will learn to: recognize and reduce digital noise using Dfine; fine-tune your color images using Global and Selective adjustments in Viveza; combine existing presets; understand key adjustments for creating HDR images; and create your own presets in Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, and Color Efex Pro.
About the Author
John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is the author of Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots and a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots. His black and white images have been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He also leads black and white workshops and mentors other aspiring photographers. John loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at johnbatdorff.com.
Table of Contents
Getting Started Workflow and Interface
Chapter 1: Color Efex Pro 4
Chapter 2: Silver Efex Pro 2
Chapter 3: HDR Efex Pro
Chapter 4: Viveza 2
Chapter 5: Dfine 2.0
Chapter 6: Sharpening Pro 3
Chapter 7: Top 10 Ways to Improve Landscapes
Chapter 8: Top 10 Ways to Improve Portraits
Chapter 9: Advanced Techniques in Photoshop