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Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition

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Product Highlights
  • 55 Powerful Filters
  • Visual Presets
  • Combine & Adjust Multiple Filters
  • Traditional and Stylizing Filters
  • Streamlined Interface
  • U Point Technology
  • Powerful Selective Tool
  • Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop Programs
  • Plug-In for Apple Aperture
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility

Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition is a collection of digital filters that are widely used by many of today's professional photographers around the world to save time and to produce professional level results. This version of the software brings many of the well-known and loved features from the previous version and adds a bit more to improve your workflow and creative expression.

In terms of filters, Color Efex Pro 4 adds eight new ones such as the Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural Image Borders, and more. Other filters from the previous version are improved with advancements to imaging algorithms and the addition of new controls, such as Brilliance/Warmth, Tonal Contrast, and more. Plus, you can add multiple filters at once, tweak opacity, and make other selective adjustments.

In terms of your work flow, Color Efex 4 delivers some enhancements for greater efficiency. Of the 55 filters in the program, each has several visual presets that you can explore and which allow you to enhance an image with just one click. Because you can combine multiple filters at once, you can also save these combinations for use later or you can share them with others, via Filter Recipes. With the History Browser, you can compare previous edits to a photo quickly and see where you went wrong or right. The interface has been revamped to be easier to learn and explore. Sharing your work with others is also easier. So as to operate more smoothly with your computer's hardware, Color Efex 4 is designed to better take advantage of advanced graphics processors on higher-end display cards as well as multi-core processors.

Beyond these new additions, Color Efex 4 still includes traditional and stylizing filters that offer virtually endless possibilities to enhance and transform images quickly and easily. Furthermore, the software still incorporates patented U Point technology to provide the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks, layers, or selections.

DSLR owners will revel in the wide range of quick and easy fixes to dramatically improve their photos with just a few clicks of the mouse. Professional wedding, nature, commercial and portrait photographers will appreciate the speed of workflow and advanced features designed to support uniquely creative styles and deliver class-leading power.

The Complete Edition provides 55 filters that can be combined to produce an extensive range of effects including high quality retouching, color correction and endless creative enhancements to your photographs. It also integrates with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The result is a colossal collection of photographic filters and effects for your photo toolkit.

New in Color Efex Pro 4

Add Your Creativity

Explore
Each filter includes Visual Presets that provide a preview of your image with recommended settings. Browsing them gives you a starting point to find a stylistic direction or specific look for your image. Exploring creative possibilities has never been easier.
Create
Easily combine enhancements to create stunning new looks. Filter Combinations let you stack filters for virtually limitless creativity. Adjustments for each filter provide control over the effects. Save your results as a new Filter Recipe to use for your next image.

U Point Technology

Easy Adjustments
U Point technology lets you place a control point and select an area of an image with one click and then make enhancements using sliders connected directly to the control point. This technology makes possible adding or removing an enhancement precisely and selectively.

8 New Filters

Contrast and Extractor
Color Efex Pro 4 introduces two filters with Dark Contrasts and Detail Extractor. The Dark Contrasts filter uses a new technique to exaggerate details and textures to create a moody result perfect for a film noire style of photography. The Detail Extractor filter balances light and tonality while accentuating contrast details from every part of your image.
Film, Re-imagined
With film emulation resurging, Color Efex 4 delivers three distinct looks for your exploration: The Faded filter of the Film Efex series simulates old, poorly handled prints. The Nostalgic filter creates effects based on imagined film types such as those that might have been captured with a toy camera. The Vintage filter creates a look like those from the earliest types of color films.
Natural Image Borders
The natural Image Borders in Color Efex Pro 4 blend organic elements with a unique randomizing algorithm to produce beautiful, natural-looking, and scalable borders. Borders can be repeated or randomized, providing enough variation to ensure that your images don't look the same. It's an excellent way to finish your photographs.

10 Updated Filters

Old Favorites, Improved
Each filter below has been updated for more natural photographic results or includes completely new functionality:

·Brilliance/Warmth
·Contrast Only
·Film Efex: Modern
·Film Grain
·High Key
·Low Key
·Paper Toner
·Pro Contrast
·Tonal Contrast
·Sunlight

Higher Performance

GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization
Intel and Nvidia have worked closely with Nik Software to ensure Color Efex Pro 4 takes full advantage of the latest processing and GPU platforms. Color Efex Pro 4 is fully multi-threaded and utilizes every core found in your computer system. If your system is based on the Sandybridge chipset, Color Efex Pro 4 will also utilize the AVX instruction set for even faster rendering.

Many of the filters are now rendered on the GPU, freeing up the CPU for other tasks, as well as being able to operate even faster than off of the CPU alone.

Together, these improvements mean that Color Efex Pro 4 can process your images even faster than ever before. This makes it possible for you to get more done, or explore more variations of your images, in less time.

Visual Presets

Explore
Each of the 55 filters in Color Efex Pro 4 has several visual presets that you can use as a starting point for your photographic exploration. The presets are designed to give you a wide range of options to explore and may provide inspiration in areas you might not typically explore
Single-Click Editing
Visual presets enable you to quickly enhance your images with just one click. Although you may know exactly what style you want to achieve, the visual presets in Color Efex Pro 4 offer a simple way to begin (or finish) your image quickly and easily.

Filter Recipes

Mix, Match, and Save
While Filter Combinations allow you to mix and match multiple filters together in a single editing session, saving them as Filter Recipes allow you to increase efficiency by re-using your favorite looks on different images or by using the recipe as a new starting point for your next masterpiece.
Preinstalled
Color Efex Pro 4 comes pre-loaded with dozens of pre-installed Recipes, categorized so that you can easily find the style you want and apply it with one click. You can also export and share Recipes with others, as well as import new ones as they become available on the Nik Software website.

Filter Combinations

Multiple Filters in a Single Editing Session
To combine filters, start editing with one filter, then choose another to see the combined enhancement. Stack more filters together, re-order them, or remove any that aren't producing the desired effect. Even adjust the opacity level of each filter to get the effect you want. Filter Combinations are a powerful way to explore new (and sometimes unexpected) styles.

History Browser

Track Your Steps for Added Flexibility
Color Efex Pro 4 gives you the ultimate in flexibility to experiment on your images. The History Browser records everything you do in the software, which makes it easy to step backward and review any of the adjustments you've made. You can view the comparison in full-screen, side-by-side, or split views.

Improved Interface

Work with More Efficiency
Improvements include one-click Visual Presets and Filter Recipes on the left side of the interface, important filter and selective controls placed conveniently on right side, a new zoom navigator, many shortcut keys, additions to the Histogram to show highlight and shadow clipping, plus many more.
Easier Experimentation
The interface has been redesigned so that you can effortlessly experiment. The interface of Color Efex Pro 4 is easy to learn, easy to use, invites exploration, and allows you to share your masterpiece(s) with others.

Mainstays from the Previous Version of Color Efex Pro 3

Smart Filters
Color Efex Pro 4 makes it possible to experiment and fine-tune by supporting Photoshop's Smart Objects. Smart Objects preserve an image's original source content, enabling you to perform non-destructive editing to an image layer. With Color Efex Pro 4 working in Adobe Photoshop you can go back and make any adjustment you like, even after applying them.
Multi-Image Support
Color Efex Pro 4 can enhance multiple images at a time when accessed from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. This enables you to save time and effort when working with a series of images. When more than one image is opened, "Previous" and "Next" buttons appear that allow you to easily enhance multiple images in one session
Software Compatibility
Color Efex Pro 4 integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture to give you an efficient and streamlined workflow in the leading image software tools you already use.
Selective Tool
The Selective Tool is ideal for photographers who use Photoshop and want the extra control that painting directly on an image affords. After applying a filter effect in Color Efex Pro 4 and clicking the "Brush" button in the plug-in, the filter becomes accessible using Photoshop's built-in brush tools. Using a mouse or a pressure sensitive Wacom Pen Tablet, effects can be selectively applied to the image. Need to retouch a portrait?
Advanced Education
Color Efex Pro 4 includes an interactive help system and videos that thoroughly cover the basics. Extend your learning with daily online trainings and special guest webinars from a wide range of photography experts. The world-renowned Nik Education team is also constantly in the field teaching techniques and sharing insights face-to-face around the world.
System Requirements Windows:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
AMD or Intel processor
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more Recommended)
Adobe Photoshop CS3 through CS5, Photoshop Elements 8 through 9, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 through 3.0 or later
32-bit and 64-bit compatible

Mac:

Mac OS 10.5.8, 10.6.8, and 10.7 and later
Intel processor
2 GB RAM (4 GB or more Recommended)
Adobe Photoshop CS3 through CS5, Photoshop Elements 8 through 9, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 through 3.0 or later, or Apple Aperture 2.1.4 through 3.0 or later
32-bit and 64-bit compatible

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Nik SoftwareColor Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (3)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate (16)
  • Easy to customize (14)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (11)
  • Accurate colors (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional quality (9)
    • Multimedia (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (15), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (11), PC (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Filters that make your photos POP!!

    The best Father's Day gift ever! I am using the filters with almost every photo I have taken since I received it from my wife. The Nik Software website offers numerous lessons and suggestions...Read complete review

    The best Father's Day gift ever! I am using the filters with almost every photo I have taken since I received it from my wife. The Nik Software website offers numerous lessons and suggestions for upgrading your photos as well. I was online this week for a webinar on their website specifically for the use of these filters in landscape photography and I applied a lot of the content to my photos and the filters really do improve them!! Color Efex Pro 4 will put a lot of improvement in your photos. A must for the digital photographer!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK update but not that much new...

    I am a Pro Photographer and have had "Pro 3" for over a year and I like the product. I guess I expected more bang for the buck with...Read complete review

    I am a Pro Photographer and have had "Pro 3" for over a year and I like the product. I guess I expected more bang for the buck with "Pro 4". If you are new to NIK Software this is a good product, but if you are upgrading it's a waste of your money.

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    4.0

    Amazing editing with filters - the Best!

    By Jeff

    from near Kansas City

    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 Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

      Endless ways to enhance your photos for that perfect look.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
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      • Mac

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      5.0

      Variety of filters!

      By Mabel

      from Laredo, TX

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

          I couldn't be happier with the different filters you can add to a photo. What I really like is the ability to add on filters instead of adding then getting back in to add another. You can stack them! And I'm sure there's a filter for everyone from natural, to dramatic, to black and white, and of course many more.

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          • Personal
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          • Mac

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          5.0

          A must have!

          By CJB

          from Binghamton Ny

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • none so far

          Best Uses

          • Presentations
          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

          I use Nik Software to get images ready for Facebook in a snap. I works great.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Filters that make your photos POP!!

          By Kent

          from Albuquerque NM

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

          The best Father's Day gift ever! I am using the filters with almost every photo I have taken since I received it from my wife. The Nik Software website offers numerous lessons and suggestions for upgrading your photos as well. I was online this week for a webinar on their website specifically for the use of these filters in landscape photography and I applied a lot of the content to my photos and the filters really do improve them!! Color Efex Pro 4 will put a lot of improvement in your photos. A must for the digital photographer!!

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          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great Plugin

          By Trav

          from Austin,Tx.

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Colors and Controls
          • Easy To Navigate

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

              I have used this product in the past and the new 4.0 version is even better. Much more verstile and ease of use.

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              • Personal
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              • PC

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              5.0

              Great time saver!

              By Diane

              from Enola, Pa.

              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

                • Educational Purposes
                • Presentations
                • Professional Quality

                Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                Using this in post-processing has saved so much time and does a beautiful job. Doing things with this product gives a photographer more time to go out and do the fun and money-making stuff -- shooting photos!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
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                • Mac

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                5.0

                Highy Recommend Colour Efex Pro

                By NOLA 13

                from Toronto, Ontario

                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 Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                  Very easy to use and the wide range of filters are absolutely fabulous. The videos on the NIK site are extensive and explore what can be done with each filter. No need to buy a book.
                  WHat I love the most about Colour Efex Pro 4 is that I am able to target specific areas and make adjustments to only those areas.
                  The film filters alone are worth the purchase price.

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                  • Business
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                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Valuable addition to a digital darkroom

                  By bill

                  from Ffld, CT

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                  • Easy To Customize
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Time saver
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                    Downloaded the trial and really like it, balked at the price though. After taking a few webcast NIK seminars and trying to get the same results using PS, I gave up and got it.

                    What a timesaver for many tasks. Using it much more than anticipated.

                    You need to play a bit to determine the intensity of your effects (easy to overdo).

                    Net, very happy user.

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                    • Personal
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                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Does exactly what it says it does

                    By Gaman

                    from Afton,Va.

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                        Easy and quick editing with excellent results. Will probably get Silver Efex next.

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

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                        4.0

                        Easy to use, Easy to mis-use

                        By Pete

                        from Raleigh NC

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Flexible
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photo editing

                          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                          A great add in to Photoshop. Very powerful, allowing you to make incredible changes that would be very difficult otherwise. Of course with power comes responsibility. It is very easy to get carried away,and produce some really awful results.

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                          • Personal
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                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Love putting my own recipes together!

                          By Kenneth Mitchell

                          from Clermont,Florida

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Customize
                          • Easy To Navigate
                          • No end to creativity

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Quality

                            Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                            This gives me great ideas, a place to start and an end results that my clients are in awe

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                            • Business
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                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            A Photoshop Necessity

                            By gvetters

                            from Vancouver, BC

                            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 Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                              This is a great addition to Photoshop,providing wonderful enhancements to my photo editing.

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

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                              5.0

                              Awesome product works great

                              By Maxie

                              from Pearl River New York

                              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 Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                I use this product as a plugin with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and it is amazingly easy to use I love the presets they have built in.

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

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                                5.0

                                I wish I had this before now!

                                By JSJ

                                from Rochester, NY

                                Verified Buyer

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                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                      Awesome program in addition to Lightroom 3. Makes your pictures go from great to extraordinary!

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                                      • Personal
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                                      • Mac

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                                      3.0

                                      Does a fair job

                                      By Ray

                                      from Rockport, TX

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                          The product is somewhat okay It does touch up the face but often times touch up goes all the way down the neck line - this product does not provide editing below the face if it does I haven't found out how.

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                                          • Business
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                                          • Mac

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                                          5.0

                                          Wow Factor!

                                          By Kicked-Ash

                                          from Willamette Valley, Oregon

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Multimedia

                                            Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                            Right from the start... I've been very impressed with this program! I did a lot of research and reading before purchasing this software, and I must say that it lives up to its reputation. It takes your already beautiful pictures, and just bumps them up a notch, making them even better!

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                                            • Personal
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                                            • PC

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                                            4.0

                                            It can bring out the image

                                            By Bruce

                                            from Milwaukee,Wi

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Navigate

                                            Cons

                                            • Freezes or Crashes

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Wildlife photos

                                            Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                            I use it with photoshop cs4.
                                            I had an older version that wouldn't work with cs4.
                                            It comes in handy for adding special effects and brighting up my bird photographs,
                                            The only problem is you want to over use it and then you get into trouble.

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                                            • Personal
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                                            • PC

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                                            5.0

                                            WONDERFUL software!

                                            By Nikella

                                            from Twin Falls, Idaho

                                            About Me Amateur Photographer, Digital artist

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Can add many filters
                                            • Easy to use
                                            • Filter layers separate

                                            Cons

                                            • Filters sometimes subtle

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                              This software exceeded my expectations. The 55 filters are not only very unique, but each contains controls that can modify every individual filter, so it is really more like having 250 filters!

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                                              • Personal
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                                              • PC

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                                              3.0

                                              OK update but not that much new...

                                              By Brian

                                              from Texas

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                                  I am a Pro Photographer and have had "Pro 3" for over a year and I like the product. I guess I expected more bang for the buck with "Pro 4". If you are new to NIK Software this is a good product, but if you are upgrading it's a waste of your money.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • PC

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Awesome product,easy to use

                                                  By Dan S.

                                                  from Fenton, Michigan

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Multimedia

                                                    Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition:

                                                    This is A great addition to my photoshop program. Very easy to use and so many filters and options.You can turn an ordinary photo into something spectacular,

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