I’ve been using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 3 plug-ins with Lightroom for just over a year. Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 3 have become an indispensable part of my workflow. Every image I process is touched by these amazing tools. And now, not content to sit on their heels, Nik has just announced Color Efex Pro 4 with a whopping 55 filters including one called Detail Extractor that sounds quite promising for nature photography.
They’ve also added the History Browser that debuted in Silver Efex Pro 2 a few months ago. This alone would make upgrading to Color Efex Pro 4 well worth the investment. The History Browser allows you to use several filters on an image while retaining the ability to easily delete or manipulate any adjustment, at any time. Think of it as “layers” in Photoshop – completely non-destructive.
In Color Efex Pro 4 Nik introduces eight new filters and has updated ten of the most popular filters, including one I use on a regular basis: the Tonal Contrast filter. In fact, I just wrote two blog posts about how I use the Tonal Contrast filter to recover shadow details and another on making skies pop. I don’t have a copy of Color Efex Pro 4 yet but as soon as I do I’ll let you know more about the new and updated filters, the History Browser and all the other new goodies they’ve managed to pack in.
All in all, it looks as though Nik is about to unleash another fantastic set of tools with Color Efex Pro 4. If you’re already working with Color Efex Pro 3 you’ll be able to upgrade to CEP 4 for $99.95. If you’re a first time buyer of Color Efex Pro, version 4 will cost you $199.95. Of course, you can save 15% at the Nik Online Store by using coupon code “BEDGE” when you place your order. Nik is accepting pre-orders right now.
Oh, and that image of sunflowers at the top of this post? Big thanks to Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 3 and Sharpener Pro 3 for allowing me to quickly and easily process the image to my liking. Stay tuned, folks. I’ll have more about Color Efex Pro 4 soon.