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Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture

B&H # NICC2 Mfr # 1091BB
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Product Highlights
  • Dfine 2.0
  • Viveza 2
  • HDR Efex Pro 2
  • Color Efex Pro 4.0
  • Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Sharpener Pro 3.0

The Complete Collection from Nik Software is a cost-saving bundle of their popular digital imaging plug-in applications. Compatible with Lightroom and Aperture, the bundle includes Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4.0, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Sharpener Pro 3.0.

You may receive an older disc that does not contain the latest versions of all software included in this package. Please contact Nik Software directly -- they will provide you with instructions to download the latest version of the software from their web site.

Compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 through 4, and Apple Aperture 2.1 through 3.1 or later
Dfine reduces noise in images created by using digital cameras at high ISO levels
Viveza 2 allows you to control color and light in images, without having to create complicated selections or layer masks
HDR Efex Pro 2 allows you to create stunning HDR images from multiple exposures
Color Efex Pro 4 includes 52 filters that can create over 250 effects
Silver Efex Pro 2 allows you to create professional-quality black and white images from digital photos
Sharpener Pro 3 is an advanced sharpening tool for professional photographers
System Requirements Computer: AMD or Intel CPU; Intel Mac
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS 10.5.8, 10.6
Memory: 2GB (4GB recommended)
Compatible Host Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 through 4, and Apple Aperture 2.1 through 3.1 or later

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Nik SoftwareComplete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture
 
4.6

(based on 105 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate (75)
  • Versatile (68)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (48)
  • Accurate colors (47)
  • Easy to customize (40)

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate (5)
  • Freezes or crashes (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (47)
  • Presentations (12)
  • Multimedia (9)
  • Educational purposes (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (62), Budget shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (72), Business (30)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (27), PC (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nik Software did great job!

Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in is an absolutely amazing tool.
I use it as a plug-in for Aperture 3 - everything works smooth. On the beginning I was thinking about Color...Read complete review

Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in is an absolutely amazing tool.
I use it as a plug-in for Aperture 3 - everything works smooth. On the beginning I was thinking about Color Efex Pro 3.0 And Silver Efex Pro 2 only but I decided to buy all collection. It was a good choice: I saved a lot of money and now I`m using all filters almost every day.

What is inside:

The Define 2.0 is really powerful noise redactor (works much better then DxO Optics Pro noise reduction - Define saves much more details and tonal changes).
Define offers 4 ways to reduct noise:
- automatically
- manually
- using control points
- based on individual color ranges
I like to use Define only when I`m shooting with really high ISO settings.
Usually I`m using noise reduction built-in my camera. This is the best compromise for me between loosing details and noise reducing.

Viveza 2 offers many creative enhancement sliders: shadow adjustment, structure, contrast, saturation etc. Also levels and curves.
You can change your pictures globally or through control points.

HDR Efex Pro is complete all-in-one HDR imaging tool. There is a lot of presets to use and a lot options to change. I`m not a big fan HDR photography - I used this plugin few times to see how it works. I like it.

In Color Efex Pro 3.0 you can choose between 52 creative filters.
Bunch of my favorites:
- polarization
- cross processing
- darken/lighten center
- graduated neutral density
- pro contrast
- film effects
- grain effects
You will find a lot of options - every filter can be modified as you like.

Silver Efex Pro 2 in my opinion it`s the best part of this collection. I`m mostly B&W photographer and I have been using previous version of Silver Efex Pro which was awesome. 2nd edition is even better!
What is new:
Enhancement sliders:
- Highlight, Midtone, Shadow Brightness control
- Amplify Blacks and Amplify Whites controls
- Highlight, Midtone, and Shadow Structure control
- Fine Structure control (very useful!)
- Selective Colorization
and my favorite:
- Dynamic Brightness control
- Soft Contrast control
Last two controllers are really powerful and gives great effects! - you should try, you will know what I`m talking about.
Changes you can apply globally or through control points.
I found also some new Vignette, Burn Edges, Image Borders effects.
Nik also improved interface and interactions controls.
Now you can also use History Browser.
SEP 2 is the best B&W imaging solution I`ve ever used!

Sharpener Pro 3.0 offers two kinds of sharpening tools:
- RAW Presharpener (applies a small amount of sharpening right after converting RAW file - you can change amount of Adaptive Sharpening. You can choose image quality between Normal and High ISO).
- Output Sharpener. Thanks to this filter you can prepare your pictures for the output device of your choice. I created few presets for my photos and it gives me amazing effects! Of course you can apply sharpening globally or through control points.

All collection is really easy to use. After one day of using you will know how it works.
If you are a serious photographer these filters are really for you. If you are an amateur or semi-pro you will learn a lot using this software. 5 stars it`s my rate!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Caution

I purchased the LightRoom version to add some tasks in the Develop module without using PhotoShop CS5. The install routine with LightRoom 3.3 just does not work. It does not allow each plug-in to...Read complete review

I purchased the LightRoom version to add some tasks in the Develop module without using PhotoShop CS5. The install routine with LightRoom 3.3 just does not work. It does not allow each plug-in to work properly in "Edit in other applications". The install routine did not install each plug-in as a stand alone application. Although this is listed on the B&H site as a standard product, the packing list showed this item as special order and not returnable. Do not buy this product.

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5.0

I love it

By Steve

from Tennesssee

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Presentations

    Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

    I have been able to take some photographs that I took some years ago and bring out the image that I was trying to capture when I took them. I have used Viveza, Color Ejex Pro and HDR Efex Pro so far and have been absolutely blown away with the results I am getting with very little learning curve. It also allows me to accomplish what I am after in much less time. WOW!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    works well/creates an alt copy/huge file

    By AudioGlenn

    from Irvine, CA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Quality

      Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

      I use this in Aperture. I mainly purchased it for the noise reduction but the other stuff is fun to play with. It's much better than the noise reduction in Aperture. Pictures look great and everything was easy to install. The only downside is that it creates an alternate file (a copy) and that file is HUGE, about twice the original file size. I wish it could be used like the built in plug in.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Fantastic software!

      By Last Zebra

      from Ottawa

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Colors and Controls
      • Easy To Navigate
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Presentations
        • Professional Quality

        Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

        I've only used the SilverFX so far, but the results for my black and white and monochrome photos have been outstanding. The only downside is that the resulting files are quite large in size (typically 50-70 megabytes).

        Highly recommended!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        A superior plug-in for pros and amateurs

        By Bose Clicks

        from Monroe Twp,NJ

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Colors and Controls
        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy To Customize
        • Easy To Navigate
        • Intuitive
        • Stable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • HDR not very powerful
        • Work from Back up issue

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Presentations
        • Professional Quality
        • Social

        Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

        I use it for both professional and social shoots. I have it integrated with Aperture. The Viveza and the Sharpener app are powerful and if you use semi-pro gear or DX formats, you will use Dfine a lot more for quality noise reduction. There are also a lot of "How To" videos on YouTube which will help and shows the popularity of the product. Some filters of Color Efex Pro 4 are great and intuitive - will save you a lot of time. I also liked Nik's superior customer service, the folks are knowledgeable, honest, courteous and friendly. Color Efex Pro 4 has some issues when you try to work on files from back-up (the customer rep was also surprised) but that is a minior glitch if you work from your HD. I am using it for last 3 weeks so I have a little more to learn. HDR is OK. Photomatix may be a better choice for serious photographers. But for this price offered by B&H, worth a Buy. Keeping one star for future upgrade for HDR - they need to give the photographic mode as a preset like other good softwares.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great bundled collection

        By judy

        from oconomowoc, wi

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Colors and Controls
        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

          I'm fairly new to photo post-processing & editing. Each of the programs in this bundle helps the beginner (and I'm guessing the seasoned professional as well) in cleaning up your shots, as well as helping with your creative side. I've tried to do B&W conversions in Photoshop Elements, and they always looked flat. Silver Efex Pro2 is THE program for fantastic conversions.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Great product!

          By Lightroom

          from Texas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Colors and Controls
          • Easy To Navigate

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

            Powerful tools to enhance and well refine photography.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great product!!

            By Ross

            from Los Angeles,CA.

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Colors and Controls
            • Easy To Customize
            • Easy To Navigate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Presentations
              • Professional Quality

              Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

              Great for making quick adjustments and organizing all your photos.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Complete package in one box

              By Ryhow

              from Bundaberg, Queensland. Australia

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Customize
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Futher explaination

              Best Uses

              • Professional Quality

              Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

              I use all the components after only slight adjustments are made in Lightroom.
              It does the job nicely for me and provide great versatality. End result is a printable classic.
              Perhaps a bit more notes on how the use each component would be beneficial.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Good creative tools

              By Bison

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy To Customize
              • Easy To Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Quality

                Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                - Easy to use and poweful
                - Offers good creative opportunities
                - Allows accurate control of post processing

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Easy to use

                By cape guy

                from cape cod

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                • Easy To Customize
                • Easy To Navigate
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Quality

                  Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                  Just started using Co;or Effects Pro, and the photo I experimented on took 2nd prize in a competition! Look forward to exploring all the programs more.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  What a Difference in my Photos!

                  By Carl

                  from La.

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy To Customize
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Personal Photos

                    Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                    After looking at reviews and tutorials I decided to buy Nik Software Complete Collection and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I use it with Lightroom and it is so easy to change pictures into stunning works of art.

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                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    >Very happy to buy this product!

                    By Déclic...

                    from Québec, Canada

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Need more than 2G ram

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo editing

                    Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                    A great Collection, easy and useful with Lightroom.
                    U-point technic is a very goog way to work!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    great add on software

                    By mr.goodcat

                    from oregon

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Quality

                      Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                      works great

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      2.0

                      Some benefit but slow and cumbersome

                      By News Strategies

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Navigate
                        • Freezes or Crashes
                        • Inaccurate Controls
                        • Slow performance

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                          Using Nik software plugins in Lightroom is no walk in the park. I seriously question myself why I bother with the aggravation when a skilled hand with Lightroom can achieve more natural-looking results. Nik plugins often crash, regularly ask for the key codes to be re-entered and will not function until checking for updates, even though the software is up-to-date. I find that Nik plugins are time-consuming, deliver little value and really not worth the investment.

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                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Awesome

                          By Photojan

                          from State College, PA

                          About Me Professional Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Navigate
                          • Produces superior results
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                              I'm in love with Nik software. I know a lot about Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 (I'm a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals), but the improvements I can make in my images using Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 are amazing.

                              The support Nik provides is superior. If the person who titled his review "Caution" had contacted Nik, he wouldn't have had any problems.

                              Nik produces excellent software that's worth every penny.

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                              • Business
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                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Must have!

                              By AEM

                              from Syracuse, NY

                              Verified Buyer

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                                Cons

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                                    Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                                    I find myself using the Nik products more and more.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Great creative software

                                    By JoJo

                                    from Palm Desert,CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                    • Easy to Navigate
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                                      What is nice about this software is the different creative modes you could design from one picture. My favorite is solarization in color effects 3. How you can change a picture in vivieza from a bright sky to a dark haunting one!!!

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      Solid

                                      By Cabot

                                      from Basking Ridge, NJ

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Navigate
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                                        Lots to learn with this software, so its fun trying out all the capability. I love the selective control points, very intuitive and easy to use. My only gripe is that each export, whether it be to Dfine, Viveza, Color Efex, etc, creates a new TIFF file. I wish the existing TIFF could be used for the entire workflow to save time. Maybe you can, but I havent figured it out yet. But overall, I am satisfied and happy I purchased through B&H.

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                                        • Personal
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                                        • PC

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                                        5.0

                                        Outstanding!

                                        By Photojan

                                        from State College, PA

                                        About Me Professional Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to learn
                                        • Easy to Navigate
                                        • Endlessly creative
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography

                                        Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                                        I'm in love with Nik Software. Silver Efex Pro 2 is the best I've found for black and white. You can do more with it than you can imagine. You'll especially like the "soft contrast" slider.

                                        Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.0 allow you to create color images that are better than Photoshop will do -- not to mention far faster and far easier than Photoshop.

                                        Dfine and Sharpener Pro are excellent, too.

                                        I've tried a lot of software, but Nik beats them all. And the support is excellent.

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                                        • Business
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                                        • PC

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                                        4.0

                                        U Point Technology only

                                        By Jo

                                        from Williamsburg, NY

                                        Verified Buyer

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Nik Software Complete Collection Software Plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture:

                                              Great softwares, but almost only use the Sharpener Pro, Viveza and Silver Efex Pro, especially for the U-Point Technology

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                                              • Personal
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                                              • Mac

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