It’s a no secret that Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 is one of my favorite Lightroom and Photoshop plugins. In fact, it only has one drawback, or should I say, had one drawback: it used to be $199 but now that Nik Software has been taken over by Google, the fine folks at Mountain View have lowered the price to $149. Not for just Silver Efex, but for the so-called Complete Collection of Nik plugins. On top of Silver Efex Pro, you get Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 4 (of which you can see a tutorial video here), HDR Efex Pro, Dfine and Sharpener Pro. The individual plugins aren’t available separately anymore, but at this new price for the bundle, who cares? I hope to be doing some videos on the other plugins as well in the future.
The software is Mac/Windows compatible, runs with Lightroom/Aperture or Photoshop as host application and can be installed on two computers.
In this video tutorial, I take you through the black & white conversion of a rather difficult image using Silver Efex Pro 2. You’ll learn all about presets, control points, grouping control points and about the advantages of using the Nik Smart Object workflow in Photoshop. If you think Silver Efex Pro 2 is an addition to your workflow, using the affiliate links in this blog post gets you an even better deal: if you follow the links and use discount code MORETHANWORDS15 upon checkout, you’ll receive an additional 15% discount on your purchase. I told you it was a steal, didn’t I
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