A Smart Object workflow to enhancing Dynamic Range with Nik Software, Photoshop and Lightroom

This is a follow-up post to a previous post, in which I explain how I use a black & white plug-in, Silver Efex Pro, to automatically enhance the Dynamic Range of my color images. The video below shows you the basics. I recommend watching this one first, if you’re new to this.

Now, as for the actual subject of this blog post: when you buy Silver Efex Pro, you’re buying it as part of the Nik Collection, which also features other plug-ins such as Viveza and Color Efex. Also, as mentioned in the previous video, there are a couple of Silver Efex presets that work really well for this technique while others don’t. So that got me thinking: ‘What if I could semi-automate the procedure?’ So, I made a Photoshop action (which is still in the test phase, although if you would like to receive it once I’m finished tweaking it, let me know via the contact form) to automate the workflow to some extent. The idea behind it and a couple of cool other techniques like nesting Smart Objects, is shown in the video below.

Just to be complete: the Nik plugins also work in Lightroom but the advanced workflow I show in the video does require Photoshop’s Smart Objects functionality. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Nik Software, you only have two more days (until end of July) to use this affiliate link and get an extra 15% off on the already discounted $149 price. On August first, the price goes up again! Just use discount code MORETHANWORDS15 upon checkout (in fact, it should already be filled out if you use the link) and you’ll get the bundle of all six Nik plugins for about $126 (or about €100). UPDATE: THE AFFILIATE PROGRAM HAS ENDED BUT THE DISCOUNT STILL SEEMS TO BE WORKING (CAN’T SAY FOR HOW LONG IT WILL, THOUGH)…

If you have any questions regarding this video, contact me via the contact form.

 

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4 Responses to A Smart Object workflow to enhancing Dynamic Range with Nik Software, Photoshop and Lightroom

  1. Donal O'Rourke says:

    So, I made a Photoshop action (which is still in the test phase, although if you would like to receive it once I’m finished tweaking it, let me know via the contact form)

    Is it possible to acquire this action for CS5
    Kind regards, Donal

  2. pierremes says:

    I use the French version of Photoshop CS6 and I believe that a script for the English version does not always work in the French version. Is it the case with your script?

  3. James says:

    Great tips! I would be grateful of you could send me the action you created in Photoshop. I can’t wait to use it. Thank you for sharing.

    Namaste!

    James.

  4. Steve H says:

    Hi Piet – I would like a copy of the photoshop action for increasing the dynamic range with Silver FX Pro please.

    Thanks
    Steve

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