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Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Academic Edition

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Product Highlights
  • 55 Filters: 8 Brand New, 10 Improved
  • Color Correct, Retouch, Creative Effects
  • History Browser
  • Visual Presets
  • Filter Recipes And Combinations
  • Revolutionary U Point Technology
  • GPU Processing, Multi-Core Optimization
  • Photoshop, Apple Aperture Compatible
  • Advanced Education
  • Windows And Mac Compatible

The Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Academic Edition is software that offers a comprehensive set of enhancements for color correction, retouching, and creative effects. This version carries the special discounted Academic Price Program price tag. Speedily stylize your photographs, easily retouch portraits, and boost your creativity with unrivaled control and flexibility.

A whopping 55 filters and numerous color correction, retouching and creative effects enhance your user experience. Benefit from 8 brand new filters and 10 improved filters, plus a history browser, visual presets, and more! Digital filters like Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density replace glass filters for color correction and more, offering post-shot control. Portrait retouching is rendered more efficient via the Dynamic Skin Softener filter for smoothing skin imperfections, or Tonal Contrast for accentuating details. UPoint Technology enables you to selectively apply or remove filter effects with high levels of precision. Remove whatever shackles may be inhibiting your creativity, because Color Efex Pro 4 lets you easily mix and combine enhancements to produce stunning customized styles.

Years of imaging research and development, as well as customer feedback, have yielded a powerful feature set offering unrivaled control. Well-suited for all styles of photography, each filter provides user control to satisfy discerning photographers.

Filters

New Filters

Dark Contrasts
Employs a unique new technique to exaggerate details and textures throughout your photo, while producing a dark, moody feel. The Detail Extractor setting controls the extent to which details are accentuated from the image. By increasing this slider, you exaggerate details while brightening shadows and toning down highlights, creating a more balanced distribution of tonality throughout the image. You also have controls for Brightness, Contrast and Saturation (color vibrancy)
Detail Extractor
The Detail Extractor filter uses a new technique to exaggerate details, in order to produce unique, stylized photographs. Employ this filter when you want to balance light and tonality and pull details from each corner of your image. The filter's Detail Extractor setting is the main control; by increasing the slider, you lighten shadows and darken highlights in the image, while exaggerating details throughout the photo. You also have settings for Brightness and Saturation control, plus another setting called Effect Radius, which controls the way in which Detail Extractor control brings out detail. By choosing the Fine option, you focus on smaller objects, creating more texture; alternatively, selecting the Large option focuses on larger objects exclusively
Film Efex: Faded
The Faded filter of the Film Efex series offers a unique stylistic effect, calling to mind old, poorly-handled prints. Brightness, Contrast and Saturation control settings are present, as well as a few more. Haze lends a diffusion effect to your photo, minimizing contrast and softening details. Vignette gives you the ability to darken the edges of your photo in a circular shape. The Grain per pixel setting, based on the Nik Software Grain Engine, enables you to add lifelike grain to your image. Maneuver the slider to the left to reduce the number of grain elements applied per pixel, in order to increase the size and visibility of grain throughout the image. If you wish to prevent any grain from being applied to your image, move the slider all the way to the right. The Film Strength setting manages the strength of the unique film stylization applied. If you want to retain the initial colors of your image, move this slider to 0%. Lastly, the Film Type setting lets you choose from an array of various film types, each of which is designed to produce a different look and feel in your image
Film Efex: Nostalgic
This Nostalgic filter from the Film Efex series produces effects based on imagined film types. This filter is used to create unique, interesting renditions of your image, with vibrant colors and the feeling that your subject was captured by a toy camera. There's a Brightness setting on this filter, as well as several others to help you. Perceptual Saturation does not directly increase the vibrancy of colors, but it does change the hues slightly, in order to increase the perception of color saturation. The effect is achieved by increasing the complementary color component in surrounding colors; this plays off of the brain's perception of colors in much the same way that perceptual contrast works: An image seems to have more contrast when placed against a black background. The Glow setting adds a minute amount of illumination around bright objects. Use the Vignette setting if you want to darken the edges of your photo in a circular shape. Grain per pixel enables you to add lifelike grain into your photo. Move the slider to the left to reduce the number of grain elements applied per pixel, and move it all the way to the right to prevent any grain from being applied to your photo. Film Strength manages the strength of the unique film stylization applied. To retain the original colors of your image, move the slider to 0%. Finally, Film Type gives you the freedom to choose from an array of various film types, each meant to produce a different look and feeling
Image Borders
Employ this filter to add unique, natural, and random borders to your images. Image Borders takes advantage of Nik Software's proprietary technologies to produce borders that are infinitely variable, yet beautifully organic at the same time. For this filter, you can use the Size setting to manage the size of the border added to the image. The border will always take some area away from your photo, so, to avoid cropping part of the image while adding a border, use a pixel editing application like Photoshop to increase the image's canvas size, and then apply a black border. When done, utilize the Size slider to produce the preferred overlap of image border and black border. The Spread setting enables you to manage the depth of the border added. Moving the slider to the right results in the image border's details stretching farther into the photo. Use the Clean / Rough setting to control the random details added around the image. By moving the slider to the right, towards Rough, you produce a greater number of random details to be added into the border, which makes for a more stylistic border. Lastly, the Vary Border setting randomly chooses a different border seed number, which creates a different randomized border effect for each number, yielding a broad array of results. To create precisely the same border every time, be sure to mark the settings for the Size, Spread, Clean / Rough, and seed number. If you'd like a similar but different border for each image, utilize the same Size, Spread, and Clean / Rough values, but a different seed number
Levels & Curves
Frequently-used tools when adjusting the brightness and tonality of an image, levels and curves prove especially helpful when combined with other filters in a stack. The Channel setting allows you to choose which channel's tonality you would like to adjust. On top of the RGB, Red, Green, and Blue channels generally offered in a Curve dialog, the Levels & Curves filter also provides a Luminosity channel, enabling adjustment of the brightness and contrast of your image--without affecting colors. With the Opacity setting, you can manage the degree to which the filter is applied to your image. Tone Curve lets you click to add anchor points directly to your curve. Simply double-click on an anchor point to delete it
Film Efex: Vintage
The Vintage filter from the Film Efex series produces images that appear as though they were made on the first color films, for a grainier retro look. The Saturation setting lets you manage the overall color vibrancy in your photo. With the Warmth setting, you have the ability to control the color temperature in your image. Push the slider to the left to cool the colors down by adding blues, or to the right to warm them up with the addition of red hues. Vignette offers you the option of darkening the edges of your photo in a circular shape. The Grain per pixel setting adds lifelike grain into your photo. Just move the slider to the left to minimize the number of grain elements applied per pixel, thus increasing the size and visibility of grain throughout the image. If you want to prevent grain from being applied altogether, move the slider all the way to the right. Film Strength manages the strength of the film stylization applied to your image. To retain the initial colors of your photo, push this slider to 0%. The Film Type setting lets you pick from an array of various film types, each of which is designed to produce a different look and feel
Vignette: Lens
This filter offers a simulation of vignettes produced by various lens types. Darkening the edge of the frame helps keep the viewer's eye within the boundaries of the photo, while also increasing the sense of depth in the image. The Amount setting manages the strength of the vignette. By maneuvering this slider to the left, you will add a darkening vignette to the borders of the photo. Alternatively, moving the slider to the right will add a brightening vignette. The Shape setting gives you control over the overall shape of the vignette, between circular and rectangular. With the Size setting, you have the ability to adjust the area of the image covered by the vignette. By pressing the Place Center Button, you can choose the center position of the vignette in the photo

Updated Filters

Brilliance / Warmth
Gives you control over the saturation / vibrancy of color within your image, as well as the ability to cool or warm the image. The Saturation setting enhances or reduces the vibrancy of colors throughout your photo. Warmth manages the color temperatures in the image. By moving the slider to the left, you cool the colors via the addition of blues, while moving the slider to the right warms the colors, adding red hues. Perceptual Saturation does not directly increase the saturation of colors, but does alter the hues slightly in order to increase the perception of color saturation. This is achieved by increasing the complementary color component in surrounding colors, an effect which plays off of the brain's perception of colors in much the same way that perceptual contrast works. In other words, an image seems to have more contrast when placed against a black background
Contrast Only
This filter offers an array of various contrast controls, including the Contrast Only method, by which you alter contrast without affecting the color of objects in your image. The Brightness setting in this filter controls the overall contrast, while the Contrast setting applies a standard contrast routine to your photos, similar to the contrast provided by your photo editing application. You also have access to a Contrast Only setting, which applies a unique contrast designed to exclusively affect contrast, leaving colors alone. Another setting is called Soft Contrast, and offers a different approach, one that may be less harsh than the effect of conventional contrast. By moving this slider to the right, you will introduce a moody contrast with soft transitions between areas. The last setting on this filter is Saturation, which controls the general vibrancy of colors within the image
Film Efex: Modern
The Modern filter within the Film Efex series enables you to simulate the appearance of present-day color negative films that are still available. Utilize the slider to achieve the look and feel, including the grain, of color film. With the advanced sliders in the Film Details section, you even have the ability to create your own imagined and never-before-seen film types. The Film Type setting enables you to choose from one of the available films. For each film, numerous rolls were shot, scanned, and analyzed to produce as true a film simulation as possible. The Brightness setting manages the overall brightness, while Contrast controls general contrast of the image. Use the Sensitivity setting located within the Film Details section to control the brightness of a particular color found in your image. The Saturation setting, also located in the Film Details section, allows you to control the vibrancy of a specific color in the photo. With the Tone Curve setting, yet another one found in the Film Details section, you gain the ability to control the contrast of your film type, including the tonality and contrast of red, green, and blue individually. The Grain setting can also be found in the Film Details section, and allows you to add lifelike grain to your photo via the unique Nik Software Grain Engine. Just shift the Grain per pixel slider to the left to reduce the number of grain elements applied per pixel, thus increasing the size and visibility of grain throughout your image. If you'd prefer to keep grain out completely, shift the slider all the way to the right. The Grain Softness slider lets you manage the apparent hardness or softness of the grain, with harder grain lending a feeling of greater detail or sharpness, and softer grain offering a more natural film look
Film Grain
This filter adds realistic film grain to any photo. In the Grain per pixel setting, move the slider to the left to reduce the number of grain elements applied per pixel, thus increasing the size and visibility of grain throughout the image. To keep grain from being applied at all, move the slider all the way to the right. Grain Softness allows you to manage the apparent hardness or softness of the grain, with harder grain lending a feeling of more detail or sharpness, and softer grain offering a more natural film look. The Film Contrast setting gives your photo a natural film-like S-curve
Low Key
This filter gives you the power to simulate the appearance of a low key photo, with uniformly dark tones and low contrast. It's also a great help when it comes to enhancing photos captured as low key images. The Glow setting manages the degree of glow around objects from the Standard Low Key effect. Standard Low Key adds a uniform low key effect to the whole picture. Dynamic Low Key lends a unique low key effect that changes depending upon the color and tonality of the original subject. It darkens lighter objects more than darker ones. The Saturation setting is used to manage the overall vibrancy of colors in the image. Whites is a setting used for accentuating the lightest objects in your image, as well as ensuring that some white tones are present--a critical component in a low key image. Contrast lets you manage overall contrast in the photo
Pro Contrast
Offers advanced control over color and contrast via analysis of each image and the creation of a unique enhancement specific to that image. Utilize this filter to introduce higher levels of contrast and still maintain detail throughout the photo. Correct Color Cast lets you manage the reduction of a color cast that the filter automatically identifies in the photo. With Correct Contrast, you can enhance the contrast in the image according to light and tonality distribution. Dynamic Contrast performs contrast adjustment of each object throughout the photo, based on the distribution of tonality. This unique control automatically adjusts various areas to differing degrees
Paper Toner
The Paper Toner filter simulates the various kinds of toners generally used on black and white prints in darkrooms. Employ this filter to automatically convert an image into a black and white version prior to adding the toner effect. For optimal results and greater control, use the B/W Conversion filter first. The Paper Tone setting provides a pull-down menu giving you a choice of a pre-defined toner to apply to your image. The Strength setting lets you manage the degree to which the filter is applied. With the Texture setting, enjoy the ability to add a unique paper texture to your image
High Key
Allows you to simulate the appearance of a high key photo, with uniformly light tones and low-level contrast. It's also great for enhancing photos captured as high key images. The Glow setting manages the amount of glow added around objects from the Standard High Key effect. Standard High Key will add a uniform high key effect to the whole picture. Dynamic High Key lends a unique high key effect that changes depending upon the color and tonality of the initial object. It will lighten darker objects more than lighter ones. Saturation manages the general vibrancy of colors throughout your image. The Blacks setting will enable you to accentuate the darkest objects in your image, ensuring that some black tones are present, which is a critical component in a high key image. Using the Contrast setting, manage the general contrast of your image
Sunlight
A newly re-imagined edition of the pre-existing Sunshine filter, Sunlight imbues any image with light and warmth. Employ this filter to make any photo appear to have been snapped on a warm, sunny day! The Light Strength setting manages the amount of light that gets added into the shadows of the picture. Reduce the slider to produce a high contrast image, or increase it to let warm light into the whole photo. Light Temperature lets you control the temperature of the light that is added into you picture. Shift left to enhance the warmth of the light, or right to reduce warmth and make the light cooler. Brightness manages overall brightness of the image, Contrast does the same for contrast, and Saturation performs the same function for color vibrancy
Tonal Contrast
A filter offering powerful control over the textures and details located throughout your image. With the Contrast Type setting, you get a pull-down menu allowing you to choose the way in which the Tonal Contrast filter affects details throughout your photo. The Highlights setting will manage the amount of contrast added to the highlights in the image. Midtones manages the amount of contrast added to the midtones in the picture. Shadows does the same for the shadows in the photo, and Saturation manages overall color vibrancy

Pre-Existing Landscape Filters

Bi-Color
This filter type simulates a conventional glass bi-color filter via the blending of two colors and the addition of the result to the photo. From the pull-down menu, you can choose from a list of pre-defined color combinations, each of which features four variations. Color Set allows you to choose one of 16 pre-set color combinations which are grouped into four color sets. The Opacity setting manages the overall strength of the filter. Blend manages the transition between the two colors. The Vertical Shift setting lets you manage the placement of the filter's horizon, while Rotation manages the horizon's angle
Cross Balance
Emulates the look of shooting either tungsten-balanced film in daylight or daylight-balanced film in tungsten lighting. Utilize this filter to produce the cool blue or warm orange effect to stylize your images. The Method setting allows you to choose one of the three available options for either a Daylight to Tungsten or Tungsten to Daylight effect. Each successive option offers a stronger effect than the last. Strength manages the degree to which the filter is applied to the picture
Darken / Lighten Center
This filter draws the viewer's eye towards or away from the center of the image. A lighter center and darker edges will draw the eye to the center of the picture, while a darker center and lighter edges will make the photo's edges stand out more. The Method setting manages the shape of the effect, offering a choice between a round and ovoid shape. Center Luminosity manages the brightness at the center of the picture, while Border Luminosity manages the brightness at the edges. Center Size manages effect size, and the Place Center setting allows you to click on the area of your image that you would like to use as the effect center
Duplex
This filter produces a stylistic, duotone effect with choices for color, blur and saturation. The Color setting adds a color to your photo. Use the eyedropper to pick a color from your image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. The Strength setting lets you manage the degree to which the filter is applied to your picture. Diffusion manages the amount of blur added for a stylistic effect. Saturation controls the color vibrancy in the photo. Contrast manages the overall image contrast
Fog
Simulates a conventional fog effect: A pronounced, soft focus lending the appearance of fog. The Method setting offers an array of various soft focusing effects. Intensity manages the degree to which the filter will be applied
Foliage
This filter identifies foliage and greenery in your photo and enhances or stylizes it. The Method setting gives you control over the color of the foliage found in the picture, while Enhance Foliage manages the degree to which the filter is applied in the image
Graduated User Defined
Simulates the use of a conventional glass graduated filter, offering you the ability to choose any color to be blended into one half of your image. The Color setting designates the hue to be applied to one half of your image. Use the eyedropper to pick a color from the present image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. Opacity manages the overall filter strength, while Blend manages the size of the blend between the chosen color and the initial image details. Use the Vertical Shift setting to control the position of the filter's horizon, and employ the Rotation setting to manage the horizon's angle
Graduated Neutral Density
Darkens or lightens part of a picture while keeping the color intact. Employ this filter to assist in correcting the tonality of photos that have excessive contrast. Upper Tonality manages the brightness of the top region of the filter, while Lower Tonality controls brightness for the bottom portion. Vertical Shift manages the positioning of the filter's horizon, while Rotation controls the angle. The Blend setting manages the size of the blend between the fog effect and the initial picture details
Indian Summer
Identifies foliage and greenery in a photo and enhances or stylizes it, producing warm colors reminiscent of seasonal fall scenery. The Method setting allows you to manage the color of the foliage located throughout your image. Enhance Foliage manages the degree to which the filter is applied
Infrared Film
Provides simulation of both Color and Black and White Infrared films. Employ this filter to simulate various methods of capturing the infrared part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum, and the effects created by films that can capture such wavelengths. Method offers a choice of either Color or Black and White infrared film types, with various styles for both. Lighten Highlights manages the luminosity of the highlights within your image. Brightness manages the overall brightness of the picture, while Contrast does the same for contrast
Ink
Simulates the stylistic effect of certain photographic papers and toners. Color Set lets you choose from a broad array of various color combinations, while Strength manages the degree to which the filter is applied to your image
Pastel
Lightens and softens a photo for a smooth, stylistic effect, yielding a subdued, desaturated image. The Method setting features a pull-down menu with selectable, pre-defined pastel effects. Diffusion manages the amount of detail smoothly applied to your image. The Saturation setting controls overall color vibrancy, while Contrast does the same for contrast
Polarization
Simulates the conventional glass polarization, or PL, filter. Employ this filter to enhance blue skies while increasing the contrast throughout the remainder of your photo. Rotate will simulate the effect of rotating the filter in front of the camera lens, and the various color contrasts that result. Strength manages the degree to which the filter gets applied
Photo Stylizer
Use this filter to change an otherwise plain or humdrum, ordinary image into a more stylized and pleasing one. You have a choice of five options here: Varitone, Cool Ice, Cool Silver, Copper and Russet. In Varitone, Style offers a pull-down menu from which you can select one of the available color sets. Strength manages the degree to which you want the filter applied. Cool Ice offers a Style setting with a pull-down menu, from which you can choose one of the color sets available. There's also a Brightness setting to control overall image brightness. Cool Silver has a Style setting with a pull-down menu offering a choice of color sets, as well as a Strength setting allowing you to designate the degree to which you'd like the filter to be applied. Copper has a Warmth setting for managing the temperature of the colors in your image. Shift the slider to the left to cool the colors by adding blues, or to the right to warm the colors with the addition of reds. The Strength setting enables you to designate the degree to which you'd like the filter to be applied. Finally, Russet features a Style setting with a pull-down menu offering a choice of color sets, plus a Strength setting allowing you to designate the degree to which the filter will be applied
Remove Color Cast
Eliminates colorcasts quickly and effectively from your image. Color designates the colorcast to be removed. Just move the slider until the chosen color matches the predominant colorcast in your image. Strength will control the amount of colorcast to be eliminated
Skylight Filter
Simulating glass warming filters, this filter is used to remove blue casts while applying an intelligent warming effect to colors in your image. The Strength setting manages the degree of the warming effect to be added to your picture
White Neutralizer
Takes color casts out of light objects, including white walls or brides' dresses. Utilize this filter to clean up photos and produce bright, crisp whites, without affecting other colors in your images. The Color setting designates the colorcast to be removed from the photo. Use the eyedropper to pick a color from within your picture, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. Adjust Whole Image will take out the color chosen in the Color control from the entire picture. Neutralize Whites does the same thing as Adjust Whole Image, except it only affects the bright objects, rather than the picture in its entirety

Pre-Existing Wedding Filters

Cross Processing
This filter offers you choices for crossing the barriers of different film processing techniques. The Method setting offers an array of various options for both C41 to E6 processing (for color negative film in slide film chemistry) and E6 to C41 processing (for slide film in color negative film chemistry). Strength manages the degree to which the filter is applied to your image
Dynamic Skin Softener
Lends a soft, lustrous look to skin, without affecting other objects in the picture. This filter is even usable on photos not containing people, in order to capitalize on the unique softening effect on other objects. The Skin Color setting lets you select the color of the skin tone via either the eyedropper, allowing you to choose a hue from within your image, or by clicking on the color patch to access the color picker. Color Reach manages the range of affected colors. Move to the left to reduce the range of affected colors or to the right to expand it. A value of 100% results in the softening effect being applied to all colors and objects in your picture. Small Details manages the amount of softening applied to minute details in your image; Medium Details does the same thing for medium-sized details; and Large Details does it for the biggest details in your picture
Glamour Glow
Provides portrait photographers with a powerful method of stylizing images with dreamy, soft effects. Glow manages the degree of the filter's softening technique. Brightness manages overall image brightness. The Glow Temperature setting manages the temperature of the effect added to the photo. Shifting this slider to the left produces a cool blue effect, while moving it to the right creates a warm red-orange effect
Vignette Blur
Defocuses detail around the image center, drawing the viewer's eye to the inside of the picture. Shape offers a pull-down menu from which you can choose a circular, ovoid, or rectangular shape for the vignette. Type also features a pull-down menu, which lets you select the type of blur to be added to the photo. Transition manages how abruptly the vignette blends into the initial image details. The Size setting adjusts the area of the image covered by the vignette. Opacity controls the general filter strength. Using the Place Center setting, you can position the vignette's center where you'd like it

Pre-Existing Nature Filters

B / W Conversion
Use this filter to change a color image into a black and white version, taking control of shadows, highlights and relationships among the initial colors. Three different black and white conversion methods are here for the taking, each offering different control over the contrast added to the photo: Dynamic Contrast, B/W Conversion, and Tonal Enhancer. Dynamic Contrast features Filter Color, Strength and Brightness settings. Filter Color adjusts the color of the simulated filter and manages the relationship between colors in the picture. This lightens objects of that color and darkens objects of the complementary color. Strength lets you slide to the left for lower contrast between colors, or to the right for higher contrast. Brightness manages the overall image lightness. B/W Conversion features the same three settings as Dynamic Contrast, plus a Contrast setting for managing overall image contrast. The Tonal Enhancer also features the same three settings as Dynamic Contrast, with the addition of a Method setting that offers three options with various types of contrast to help accentuate shadow detail or produce a high contrast image
Bi-Color User Defined
Simulates a conventional glass bi-color filter by blending two colors and then adding the result to the photo. The filter provides you with the ability to custom-define both colors. Upper Color designates the top color to be applied to the photo. Utilize the eyedropper to pick a color from the present image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. Lower Color designates the bottom color in the same way. Opacity manages the overall filter strength, while Blend controls the transition between the two colors. Vertical Shift manages the placement of the filter's horizon, while Rotation manages the angle
Classical Soft Focus
Provides a simulation of conventional soft focus filters and diffusion techniques. The Method setting offers three different options each for soft focus and diffusion effects. Diffused Detail manages the amount of random detail added to the soft focus effect, which can help maintain the look of detail and prevent banding from occurring. Strength manages the amount of softening adding to your image, and Brightness controls the overall lightness
Graduated Fog
Simulates the traditional glass filter and allows you to add a strong softening effect to one half of your image. Fog Method offers an array of various soft focusing effects. Opacity controls overall filter strength, while Blend manages the transition between the filter and the original image. Vertical Shift manages the placement of the filter's horizon, while Rotation controls the angle
Old Photo
Changes an image to resemble an old photograph, with styles to emulate various black and white and color processes. Style lets you choose from black and white or color, each with six different styles from which to make your selection. Grain manages the amount of grain added to the photo. Brightness controls overall image lightness
Vignette
Simulates the application of a vignette in a darkroom. Vignette Color enables you to choose the color to be used for the vignette. Employ the eyedropper to grab a color from within your image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. The Shape setting provides a pull-down menu, from which you can select a circle, oval, smooth rectangle, or rough-edged rectangle as the vignette shape. Adapt Edges manages the relationship between the shape of the vignette and the image details. The higher the value, the more the vignette shape will integrate itself into your picture. Transition manages how abruptly the vignette blends into the initial image details. Size adjusts the area of the image covered by the vignette, while Opacity manages the overall strength of the filter. Place Center positions the center of the vignette
Reflector Efex
Simulates conventional photographic reflects to open up shadows and manage light in the photo. Method enables you to choose from Gold, Soft Gold, or Silver. Gold and Soft Gold add a warming and slightly warming light to the shadows, respectively. Silver imbues the shadows with a neutral light. Light Intensity manages the amount of light the reflector adds to the picture, while Light Falloff manages how abruptly the effect trails off. Position controls the location where the falloff will start, while Source Direction specifies the point at which the reflector effect will start
Solarization
Simulates the Sabatier, more commonly known as solarization, darkroom process. Utilize this filter to produce a stylistic effect in which some tones and colors get reversed. The Method setting has a pull-down menu from which to select the type of solarization to be applied to the photo, with various styles for both color and black and white effects. Saturation controls the color vibrancy throughout your picture. In the black and white methods, this slider manages the saturation of the image before black and white conversion, which adjusts the contrast of the resulting image. Elapsed Time adjusts the effect in a similar way to that in which photographers in the darkroom would produce different results, via the variation of the amount of time in the developer prior to re-exposing the image

Pre-Existing Portrait Features

Bleach Bypass
Simulates the color film technique in which the bleach step is skipped, creating a high contrast, low saturation effect. This look has been used by still photographers and motion film makers to produce stylized, high-impact images. The Brightness setting controls overall image lightness, while Saturation manages overall color vibrancy by increasing or decreasing saturation throughout the photo. Global Contrast manages the overall image contrast. Local Contrast uses a specially tuned variation of the Structure control located in other Nik Software products to emphasize fine details and textures within the photo
Color Stylizer
Overlays a color on top of your image and enables you to control the saturation of the original image's colors. The Color setting lets you pick which color to add to the photo. Use the eyedropper to choose a color from within your image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. Contrast manages overall contrast in the image. Saturation manages the amount of color to include from the original image. Shift to the left to produce a monochrome image, or to the right to retain the full amount of color from the original
Colorize
Inks the photo with a color and offers various color and contrast relationships to stylize the image. Method gives you six different options for applying color to the photo. Color allows you to pick which color to add to the photo. Use the eyedropper to choose a color from within your image, or click on the color patch to access the color picker. Strength manages the degree to which the filter is applied to your image
Monday Morning
Imbues your photo with a diffused, cool, somewhat sleepy mood. Use this filter to manage contrast and saturation, add grain, and introduce a soft focus effect. Method features a pull-down menu allowing you to select from one of the pre-defined color combinations. Grain manages the amount of grain applied to the photo. Brightness controls overall image brightness. Smear manages the degree of the filter's softening technique. Color manages the relationship between the amount of color added by the filter and the amount of color to include from the original image

Additional Pre-Existing Filters

Contrast Color Range
Offers control over the contrast between selected colors within a photo. The Color setting lets you choose the color range to which to apply contrast. Objects of that color will then become lighter, while opposite colors will turn darker. Color Contrast manages the amount of contrast to add between the selected color and that color's complement. Brightness manages overall image lightness, while Contrast does the same for contrast
Graduated Filters
Simulates the use of a conventional glass graduated filter, blending a color into one half of your image. Color Set enables you to choose one of 16 pre-set color combinations, grouped into four different sets. Opacity manages the overall strength of the filter, while Blend manages the transition between the filter and the original image. Vertical Shift manages the placement of the filter's horizon, while Rotation controls the angle
Midnight
Generates the illusion of a photograph captured at nighttime with a dark, moody feeling. Use this filter to produce a cinematic effect, softening details throughout the photo with an intelligent soft-focus technique. The Method setting features a pull-down menu for selecting one of the pre-defined color combinations. Blur manages the amount of soft focus added for stylistic effect. Contrast controls overall contrast in the image, while Brightness serves the same function for lightness. The Color setting manages the relationship between the amount of color added by the filter and the amount of color to include from the original image
Polaroid Transfer
Simulates the effect created by the use of Polaroid peel-apart films and the transfer of the nascent image to paper prior to full development. This yields a low-contrast, low-saturation version of the image, with subtle shifts to the colors throughout it. Border adds a textured border surrounding the image. When the slider is set to position 0, the complete image is shown. Texture manages the addition of paper texture to the photo. Outer Color adds elements of the original image back into the border area. The higher the value, the more of the original image color is added to areas created via the use of the Border slider. The Saturation setting manages the amount of the original image's colors that are preserved. Smear manages the degree of the filter's softening technique. Tear Off simulates the effect of areas of the photo tearing off during the transfer process. Shift the slider to 0 to keep all details preserved in the image

Presets And Recipes

Visual Presets
Each filter contains one-click starting points enabling fast, efficient exploration of creative options. Visual Presets offer a preview of your image with recommended settings. Browsing them provides a starting point for finding a stylistic direction or particular look for your photo. Exploring creative possibilities has never been easier than it is with Color Efex Pro 4
Filter Recipes
Enjoy the ability to customize and share filter combinations with others via recipes
Evening Light
Enhance contrast and color vibrancy with graduated filters
Revealing Detail
Improved details, contrast, and warmth
Soft Vignette
Detailed and lightened with a light vignette
Help Me Ronda
Improved detail and contrast with warm toning and graduated blue hue
Life
Light enhancement of detail and saturation with a slight warm glow
Dark Contrast Glow
Detailed tonal contrasts with Glamour Glow
Polaroid Touch
Lightened via tonal contrasts and polaroid effects
Intensity
Bleach Bypass, with Glamour Glow and high contrast
Soft Detail
Enhanced details and skin softening
Painted Gold
Blacks are deepened and all else appears gold through midtones to highs
Soft Nostalgic
Lightened, enhanced contrast plus skin softening
Triple Contrast
Contrast throughout tones
Vivid Color and Contrast
Deepened colors and tones
Pronounced Fine Detail
Heavy detail and tonal contrast
Warm Vintage Grain
A warm, desaturated look and feel with film effects
Overcast Portrait
Skin softening with mild contrast plus color correction
West Side Sunset
Enhanced contrast and tones with a gradated neutral density filter
Mountains Majesty
Bi-Color filter with improved contrast
High Key Pastel
High key with extra contrast and cool pastel toning
Old Grungy
High key and high grain
Moody Red
Darkened and red with a stylized look
Kitschy Postcard
Saturation plus soft focus with borders
Warm Gothic
Darkened with heavy yellow glow and toning
Tony's Tiny Dancer
Balanced black and white conversion
Sunset Landscapes
Warm and detailed with Graduated Neutral Density filter
Darken Top and Bottom
Top and bottom of image lightly darkened
Big Sky
Detailed with enhanced contrast and vignetting
B&W
Dark and high-contrast Black and White conversion with vignetting
Double Tone and Darken
High saturation level with Tonal Contrast and darkened shadows
Game Day
Bleach Bypass with vignetting
Tone Darken Indian Summer
Enhanced contrast with Autumn colors
Morning Glow
Detailed and warmed plus Glamour Glow
Top The Tonal
Enhanced contrast with upper graduated filter
Rock and Roll Detail B&W
Detailed with dark contrast and Black and White conversion
Diamond Head
Enhanced contrast plus stylized toning
Super Cross Pop
Cross processing plus cross balancing with detailed shadows
Apocalypse
Extreme Color conversion with details and contrast
Geyser Sunset
Contrast plus warmth with lightened shadows
Enhancing Morning Mist
Lighten plus Warm
Starry Night Enhancement
High contrast level in shadowy areas
Lighten Morning Shadows
Enhance details and lighten shadows
Stormy Sky
Enhanced saturation and contrast; graduated density filter darkens sky while lightening ground
La Giralda
Warm Contrast with a vignette blur
Whitfield Portrait
Blurred vignetting plus warmth and skin softening

Filter Combinations

Add multiple filters simultaneously, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to achieve precisely the look and feel you want. You can easily combine enhancements to produce amazing new looks. Filter Combinations enable you to stack filters for nearly unlimited creativity. Adjustments for each filter offer control over the effects. Save your results as a new Filter Recipe to utilize them for your next photo!

Revolutionary U Point Technology

U Point powered control points allow you to add or delete filter effects without having to make complex selections or layer masks. Enhancements are automatically and naturally blended throughout your photo for amazing results. For photographers, one of the hardest aspects of image enhancement is selectively editing certain areas of a photo without affecting other ones. It's often simple to look at an image and discern particular things you would like to fix, but frustrating to actually fix them. U Point makes it easier and less frustrating
Easy Adjustments
U Point technology enables you to place a control point and pick an area of a photo with one click, then make enhancements via sliders connected right to the control point. This technology makes Color Efex Pro 4 the only collection of digital photographic filters wherein adding or deleting enhancements in a precise, selective manner is possible
More Than A Million Users
Premiering in 2006, U Point technology recently surpassed the 1 million user mark! It is now located in 9 different imaging applications and has irrevocably changed the way photographers edit photos

History Browser

You can compare previous edits and various looks quickly and easily. History Browser records everything you do in the software, making it a simple task to take a step back and review any of the adjustments you've made. See comparisons in full-screen, side-by-side, or split views

GPU Processing And Multi-Core Optimization

Fully benefits from the processor located on advanced display adapters as well as all cores on your CPU. Intel and Nvidia have collaborated closely with Nik Software to ensure that Color Efex Pro 4 fully capitalizes on the most up-to-date processing and GPU platforms. Color Efex Pro 4 is thoroughly multi-threaded and employs every core located in your computer system. If you have a system based on the Sandybridge chipset, Color Efex Pro 4 will also employ the AVX instruction set for even quicker rendering. Many of the filters are now rendered on the GPU, which frees up the processor to attend to other tasks and makes for faster operation than would be possible off the CPU alone. Together, these improvements allow Color Efex Pro 4 to process your images quicker than ever before, enabling you to get more done, or explore more image variations, in less time

Interface, Interaction, And Workflow

Enjoy interface and interaction enhancements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys and more! Improvements include the following: Single-click Visual Presets and Filter Recipes on the left side of the interface, vital filter and selective controls positioned conveniently on the right side, a new zoom navigator, numerous shortcut keys, additions to the Histogram to display highlight and shadow clipping, and many more.

Multi-Image Support

Color Efex Pro 4 is capable of enhancing multiple images simultaneously when accessed from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. This lets you save time and effort when working with a series of images. When multiple images are opened, "Previous" and "Next" buttons appear, enabling you to easily enhance multiple images in a single session

Selective Tool

Color Efex Pro 4 Selective Tool enables you to quickly and easily brush any filter effect you please into your image. Layers and masks are produced automatically, so creating and experimenting become even simpler. The Selective Tool is perfect for photographers who utilize Photoshop and want the added control that comes from painting directly on an image. After applying a filter effect in Color Efex Pro 4 and clicking the "Brush" button in the plug-in, the filter is accessible via Photoshop's built-in brush tools. With a mouse or a pressure sensitive Wacom Pen Tablet, effects selectively applicable to the image. The unprecedented control enabled by the combination of the Selective Tool and a Wacom Pen Tablet has become a fast favorite among portrait retouch artists. Experience the freedom to create, experiment, and improve the quality of your artistic work via the Selective Tool

Compatible With Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture

Photoshop's Smart Filters And Smart Objects
Color Efex Pro 4 is seamlessly compatible with Adobe Photoshop, including its Smart Filter feature, giving you the power to perform edits after they've been applied, without having to add any extra layers. It also supports Photoshop's Smart Objects, letting you retain an image's original source content and allowing you to perform non-destructive editing of an image layer. With Color Efex Pro 4 working in Adobe Photoshop, you have the ability to go back and make any adjustments you wish, even after you've applied them.
Photoshop Lightroom And Apple Aperture
Compatible with Lightroom and Aperture, which have arisen as key tools for professional photographers everywhere, due to their superb image management capacity.

Advanced Education

Learn about the capabilities of Color Efex Pro 4 with written and video-based learning tools. Benefit from daily online trainings. For more than 10 years, Nik Software has been committed to delivering the ultimate in software and photographic education. Color Efex Pro 4 features an interactive help system and videos that comprehensively cover the basics. Extend your learning through daily online trainings and special guest webinars from a broad array of photography experts. The world-renowned Nik Education team is continuously out in the field teaching techniques and sharing insights face-to-face with aspiring and professional photographers the world over
System Requirements Windows:
Windows XP, Vista, or 7
AMD or Intel processor
2.0 GB RAM (4.0 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 or later
Intel processor
2.0 GB RAM (4.0 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

Academic Eligibility Requirements:
For Students:
A unique valid email address associated with an educational entity; a school photo ID card including school name, your name, a photo and a current enrollment date; a letter from an academic institution confirming current academic status and a valid photo ID - letter, along with proof of eligibility, must be on school's letterhead and signed by a faculty / staff member); or, in the absence of any of the preceding, a photo ID card, drivers license, passport or other official photo identification
Official, current non-photo student ID with name and current enrollment date; official, current school transcript indicating name of school and student with current date; official, current school tuition bill indicating name of school and student with current date; official, current report card indicating name of school and student with current date; other official dated proof of enrollment; or other ID as permitted by Nik Software from time to time by posting a list of such appropriate identification on its website
Please note: Students under 18 who do not have valid photo ID may provide official letter from eligible educational institution stating name and current enrollment status. Identit-E will terminate processing eligibility verification for any user under age 13 unless parent / guardian provides proof of relationship to user and consents to submission of user's info
For Faculty and Staff:
A unique valid email address associated with an educational entity; a school photo identification card that includes school name, your name, a photo and a current teaching date; or, in the absence of any of the preceding, a photo identification card, drivers license, passport or other official photo identification
Official paycheck stub with current date and name of school and employee; or official, current certificate of employment with current date bearing entity's logo or seal

Recognized Educational Entities: Higher education institutions defined as accredited k12, public or private universities or colleges (including community, junior or vocational college) that grant degrees requiring not less than the equivalent of two (2) years of full-time study; administrative offices or boards of education of accredited higher education institutions; Nik Software authorized training providers as approved by Nik Software, Inc; government schools located in US territories; hospitals wholly owned and operated by an educational institution (meaning educational institution is sole owner of hospital and is only entity exercising control over day-to-day operations); higher education research laboratories that are public institutions recognized by department of education, teach students as part of their research mission, and can provide a copy of bylaws stating relationship with controlling university; and educational consortia and systems, i.e., corporations and associations validly organized and existing under the laws of a state or territory of the US, each member or shareholder being an accredited school 1
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      5.0

      A wonderful product

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        Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Academic Edition:

        I use for all of my pictures, both personal and professional. I have had this software for about 2 weeks, and I'm still amazed at what it allows me to do and accomplish as a photographer.

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        5.0

        perfect

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          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Academic Edition:

          Excellent edition to my editing catalog...will likely be the go-to program from now on!

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          Great Product

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            Is amazing how can you change a picture in short time. I love it!!!

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