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Nik SoftwareColor Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to navigate (26)
  • Versatile (24)
  • Accurate colors (23)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (16)
  • Easy to customize (13)

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    Best Uses

    • Professional quality (25)
    • Presentations (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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      • Primary use:
      • Personal (17), Business (13)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Must Have for Perfectionists and Artists

    I use Color Efex in more ways than I had thought I would. I've found that even the filters I thought I would have no use for can give stunning results with some photos. ...Read complete review

    I use Color Efex in more ways than I had thought I would. I've found that even the filters I thought I would have no use for can give stunning results with some photos. I'm now in the habit of running a photograph through all 52 filters just to see if there's a hidden magic in any one of them. The user control is incredibly extensive. The worst thing about this product is that it can be addictive - I find myself running photos through Color Efex that look just fine the way they are. Some of my photos that I had given up on have now become works of art. I run Color Efex as a plug-in editor to Aperture 2.1. The GUI is simple and elegant, and it works seamlessly with Aperture.

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    Nice Plug-in But

    First, let me say I do like this product but the install was anything but routine and once it was installed into Photoshop CS5 I was no longer able to copy and paste into...Read complete review

    First, let me say I do like this product but the install was anything but routine and once it was installed into Photoshop CS5 I was no longer able to copy and paste into any graphic program more than once until I closed Photoshop and re-opened it. Not good. I uninstalled and reinstalled the program so many times my system crashed and thankfully I have a raid array and was able to boot from a secondary plex until I could repair the problem. And the problem was with this software. After much searching I found I wasn't the only one with this problem and there is a fix. I had to create a config file and place it in the Nix directory for everything to work again. Once I did that all was well with the world. I love the effects, but be forewarned that if you aren't computer savvy this one may bite you big time.

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    5.0

    Color Efex Pro3

    By Mark the user

    from Warrington, PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations
      • Professional Quality

      Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

      This software is great for filter effects. It has a great creative effect to apply to your photos with the choices of filters it presents.

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

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      5.0

      The best deal going to upgrade to Pro 4.

      By Greg

      from Destin, Fl

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

          The Color Efex Pro 3 Complete is a very versatile and powerful software app. The ability to overlay different filters, save favorites, and create your own recipes is a great time saver. But best of all, because this version was purchased after August, 2011 through B&H it comes with a free upgrade to Pro 4. You only have to scan a copy of your B&H receipt, email that to NIK software and they send back the product key to license Pro 4. It's that easy.

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          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Great Product, but licensing can be a pr

          By Alexis

          from Houston

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Colors and Controls
          • Versatile
          • Very powerful

          Cons

          • Installation Problems

          Best Uses

          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

          I bought Color Efex Pro 3.0 for use with Capture NX2. I had installed the Trial version really loved the the filter effects.
          After I recieved my software, I entered the unlock key and recieved a message that said the unlock key was not valid. After retrying several times and uninstalling and reinstalling the software I called Nik Software support.
          I was asked if I had registered the software which I hadn't. I was then told that I needed to register my software at which time I could request an unlock key for the NX2 version from support. Fortunately, they did not make me call back to request the code.
          Once I got the new code (and the unlock code for version 4)the software worked fine.
          The box says it includes the NX2 version, the included CD includes the NX2 version, and there is no place in the documentation that says you have to register the software or call to get an unlock code.
          If you plan to use this with NX2, register the software and call support without wasteing time trying to make it work.

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          • Personal
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          • PC

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          5.0

          One of the Best For Photoshop

          By Al

          from Phoenix Az

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          Pros

          • Easy To Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

            First class Photoshop plugin. Great for contrast and tonality adjustments makes Photos pop with simple adjustments or presets.

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

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            4.0

            Wow from the start

            By Darrell C

            from San Jose Ca.

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            Pros

            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy To Navigate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Presentations
              • Professional Quality

              Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

              a great addition to make your pictures special.

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              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Color Efex Pro 3.0

              By Tyeeman

              from Pasadena, CA

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              Pros

              • Accurate Colors and Controls
              • Easy To Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Presentations
                • Professional Quality

                Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                Bought this version because new version's system requirements don't match up with my 3 year old iMac. That said, this filter program is just a bit less than a total WOW! About 1/2 of the 52 filters provided are of limited use.
                Of those filters I've experimented with, many don't make much of a difference. But those that I've used are really good. And those that I'm likely to use are really good, too. The B & H price was OK... not a real bargain, but OK. And the B & H service is, as always, great!

                One problem that need to to happen came up when I launched the CD.
                4 logo programs pop-up with "Install" and "Uninstall" buttons. Had to
                call NIK because I couldn't figure out if I should install or uninstall my Elements.

                When I upgrade my iMac I'll by the latest version of Color Efex.

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

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                4.0

                Color Efex Pro 3.0

                By Butlerkid

                from Tennessee

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Customize
                • Easy To Navigate
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography

                  Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                  Have only processed a few images using this software. However, appears very easy to use. User can select a preset, then fine tune to get just they look they are after.

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

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                  5.0

                  So far, very nice plug-in

                  By Jim

                  from Elmhurst, Illinois

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                    I just installed Color Eflex Pro 3, I really can't give a knowledgeable report yet. It installed easily as plug-ins for both CS5 and LR3. It uses the same U Point Technology as my Viveza 2. It opens in CS5 and LR with no problems. After I become accustomed with the software I will upgrade to version 4 and would recommend the full version with 52 filters.

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                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    3.0

                    Nice Plug-in But

                    By Jazz

                    from NE PA

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Nice effects

                    Cons

                    • Horrible install

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                    First, let me say I do like this product but the install was anything but routine and once it was installed into Photoshop CS5 I was no longer able to copy and paste into any graphic program more than once until I closed Photoshop and re-opened it. Not good. I uninstalled and reinstalled the program so many times my system crashed and thankfully I have a raid array and was able to boot from a secondary plex until I could repair the problem. And the problem was with this software. After much searching I found I wasn't the only one with this problem and there is a fix. I had to create a config file and place it in the Nix directory for everything to work again. Once I did that all was well with the world. I love the effects, but be forewarned that if you aren't computer savvy this one may bite you big time.

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

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                    5.0

                    Color Efex Pro 3.0

                    By kvp

                    from Jupiter, FL

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Quality

                      Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                      Love the program. Amazing how it has enhanced my pictures. I have other software that I use w/ PS but this plug-in is becoming my favorite "go to" one. Wish I had purchased it earlier on.

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                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Why did I wait so long to try this?

                      By Spiff

                      from Atlanta, GA

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Quality

                        Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                        I am a serious hobbyist and love the variety of filters in Color Efex Pro 3. Especially love the U-Point technology. Very user friendly. Still experimenting with and learning the program. Very HAPPY to have Color Efex Pro 3. Recommended to me by a friend who is an excellent photographer.

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

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                        5.0

                        good software

                        By Al

                        from Mechanicsville, Md

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Colors and Controls

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Quality

                          Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                          easy to use with great results

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                          • Business
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                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Color enhancement for Photoshop

                          By Bill_P

                          from Franklin, MA

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Educational Purposes
                            • Presentations
                            • Professional Quality

                            Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                            Because the program offers so many enhancement options, I can't give specifics on how I use it. But it is easy to use and works extremely well. I highly recommend it.

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                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Lots of Fun

                            By Michele

                            from Seattle, WA

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                            • Easy To Navigate
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                Color Efex Pro is just plain fun. I still have lots to learn in post processing, but using this software is as simple as clicking on the filter you want and moving the sliders to fine tune it for your image. It will not make a bad image great, but will make a good image better. Easy to use, and could use it on every image I have, either subtly or dramatically.

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                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Great Software

                                By Nikon Guy

                                from Atlanta, GA

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                                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 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                  This software offers a large number of filters each with adjustments or even "sub filter" selections within each filter or effect to offer you a large number of choices to add something different or unique to your photos in the digital darkroom.

                                  You can use multiple effects on a single photo with varying levels depending on what you are looking to do.

                                  I am still learning it, but it is fairly easy to use.

                                  I think Silver Efex Pro is next on my list

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                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Color Efex Pro

                                  By rdp

                                  from Fla

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Educational Purposes
                                  • Presentations
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                  I use this program every day, it works great and saves time. Wish I had bought it a long time ago. I found that B&H has the lowest price.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  for the best final processing

                                  By Sandy

                                  from McCandless, Pa.

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Freezes or Crashes

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                  I use this product to complete the processing of my photos. It is very easy to use and the results are fantastic. I have two beefs however: after each filter is used, the software take you back to the menu - many extra clicks if you use more than one filter, which I do., and in order to get the "tonal contrast" filter, which I use all the time, you have to buy the complete program (more money). I would highly recommend this software. There si one other problem which may be this software of Photoshop CS5 - photoshop crashes frequently when I use this and Viveza 2.

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                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  A comprehensive digital filter package

                                  By Scott

                                  from Bend, Or

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Design
                                    • Photo editing
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                    Very intuitive and easy to use. I mostly use it with PS5 for my Portrait and Design work. It's nice to have available in LR3 but when working with big sessions, everything seems to get bogged down (This is more LR3 than Efex Pro 3.0). Color Efex Pro 3.0 offers plenty of presets with the ability to modify and fine tune individual parameters and set control points so that you can dial up your images just how you like with only a few mouse clicks. Opens up a world of enhancements and creativity for your photos and imaging.

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    My NEW Color Efex Pro 3.0!

                                    By JW Photography

                                    from Columbia, MO

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                                    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 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                      I am a professional photographer and was directed to this kit through another pro. The presets are so great and really helps me with cutting down my editing time and the photos are beautiful! Definately a great investment for my business :) Two thumbs up and a smile!

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                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      A little extra

                                      By Waypoints

                                      from Loomis, CA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                      • Easy To Navigate
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Presentations
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Comments about Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition Software:

                                        I sit and look at a shot and the question is it need a little something extra and I have gotten answers in this program.

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                                        • Personal

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