I’ve been using the Nik Software Complete Collection set of Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins now for about 8 months. You may have read my short review of Nik Silver Efex Pro, their black and white conversion plug-in that makes it easy to create stunning monochrome images. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve negotiated a deal with Nik Software that allows you to receive a 15% discount in the Nik Software Store using coupon code “BEDGE” at checkout.
My workflow now makes regular use of Nik’s Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Sharpener Pro 3.0 plug-ins. Viveza 2 allows you to easily and selectively control light and color in your images. Color Efex Pro 3.0 puts 52 photographic filters and over 250 effects at your fingertips. You can probably figure out what Sharpener Pro 3.0 does on your own. I’ll just say that it does what it does very well and with the greatest of ease. When needed, I also use Dfine 2.0 to reduce noise without compromising image detail.
The Complete Collection is available in two versions; the regular and the Ultimate Edition. The regular version provides you with all of Nik’s plug-ins for Lightroom or Aperture. The Ultimate Edition provides plug-ins for Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop. I purchased the Ultimate Edition because I wanted the ability to selectively apply effects using the brush tool in Photoshop. This functionality is not available in Lightroom or Aperture.
Here’s the thing with Nik’s plug-ins. They don’t really do anything you can’t already do in Lightroom or Photoshop. What makes them so amazing is that you don’t have to spend days, weeks or months mastering Photoshop to arrive at the same result. They’re powerful and they’re simple. I love the outdoors, not my office. Nik’s plug-in’s allow me to spend more time outside making images and less time in the office processing them. That alone is worth the price of entry. And, Nik makes it easy for you to master their plug-ins with dozens of short video tutorials available on their site and free daily webinars. Perhaps less tangible but equally important, Nik hasn’t forgotten that we the customer keep them in business and they provide top-notch service when you need it.
Now that you know how I feel about the Nik Complete Collection, why not visit their website and download a free, fully functioning 15 day trial so you can form your own conclusions. I think you’ll love working with their plug-ins. If you don’t, it doesn’t cost you a dime. If you do, head on over to the Nik Software Store and use coupon code “BEDGE” to receive a 15% discount on your purchase.
Give the Nik Software Complete Collection a try, then check in and let me know what you think of it!