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Nik SoftwareSilver Efex Pro Software
 
4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

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    (11)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (61)
  • Reliable (17)
  • Simple controls (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (43)
    • Portraits (42)
    • Everyday (22)
    • Macro photography (18)
    • Studio (17)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (52), Yes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-professional (27), Enthusiast (26), Professional (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Good Product

    SEP allows you to quickly look at many options for B&W looks, make quick but radical (if needed) tweaks then save your preset for multiple shot processing. Makes it much...Read complete review

    SEP allows you to quickly look at many options for B&W looks, make quick but radical (if needed) tweaks then save your preset for multiple shot processing. Makes it much easier to try things quickly that you might not have previously taken the time to try.

    Love the local control offered by the control points and the smart filter option as well. A very good tool in your Photoshop bag.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not 64 Bit Compatible

    While it is a great program, it is not compatible with 64 bit Photoshop...
    I will have to wait for the product to be upgraded before I can use it...

    While it is a great program, it is not compatible with 64 bit Photoshop...
    I will have to wait for the product to be upgraded before I can use it...

    Reviewed by 73 customers

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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By Dave H

    from Goreville, Illinois

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to install
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

    Easy installation and very user friendly. If you have any interest in B&W photography, this is the way to go. My purchase included a free upgrade to Silver Efex Pro 2. I had to call Nik to get the product code for the upgrade to install and I will give Nik high marks for a very short wait-time before a live person was on the phone and answering all my questions. He gave me the upgrade product code over the phone so I didn't have to wait and have it emailed to me. All and all, a great product and a great company to deal with.

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    5.0

    LOVE SILVER EFEX PRO

    By texasgirl

    from Texas

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

      This software is great -- especially with free upgrade to Pro 2. Gives many choices to convert to B&W and also manual manipulation.

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      5.0

      Fabulous for black and white photography

      By photobug429

      from Washington, DC metro area

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

        Convert color digital photos to B & W. I use it with Photoshop Elements and will use with Lightroom. The software permits working with small areas for precise control. NIK has very helpful learning on their website. I am finding the initial learning curve easy compared to other digital techniques.

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        5.0

        Stunning Monochrome Images

        By reynoldsron

        from Bridgewater, MA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

          Silver Efex Pro 2 is an outstanding piece of software: it's powerful and easy to use. I usually work with color but over the past year I discovered that certain kinds of images are even more stunning with the distractions of color removed. I do my preliminary processing with Elements 9 and when I feel that I have a good candidate for monochrome I just click on the "Filters" tab and go into Silver Efex. I like the way that it immediately converts into black & white and that to the left there's a variety of preview windows that give you choices of the specific b+w effects available. When you find the one you like you just click on it and then to the right there's an editing screen so that you can fine tune your image and get exactly what you want. You can then adjust the tonality and hue to make sepias, cyans and other color choices. There's also a nifty feature whereby you can hover over the histogram and examine the various "zones" aka Ansel Adams and really tweak the image. The results are high quality images far better than the b+w conversions built into Elements.

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          5.0

          Simple and Effective

          By cavatappi

          from Seattle, WA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

              This program makes striking B&W photos a breeze. Easy to use, with wonderful results.

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              4.0

              good product

              By Little-e

              from atlanta, GA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                not the easiest to use at first, but the online training is good.

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                5.0

                Excellent Product

                By Milam Photography

                from South Mississippi

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                  I downloaded the trial a while back, and just finally bought the full software. Amazing. It makes good conversions to black and white painless and rather fun. I love testing all the different variations and filters.

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                  5.0

                  I use this software all the time

                  By Linda`

                  from Delmar, ny

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                    I love Black and White images and Silver Efex Pro gives me so many choices to use. It is simple to use and you have unlimited creative choices.

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                    5.0

                    A must if your serious about monochrome

                    By Tom

                    from Canal Fulton, Ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                      Some twit on a forum recently said you can get the same results from Photoshop that you can with SEFPro. Don't believe this.

                      While I've used CS5 for years to produce my monochromes and it's OK, SEFPro takes B&W to a whole new level of sophistication. And it does it in such a way that is intuitive and easy to master.

                      It operates as a seamless plug-in for CS5...always there within easy reach.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent Results and Easy To Use

                      By Mi

                      from Ottawa, Canada

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                        Intuitive layout makes it easy to use and the results are simply stunning.

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                        5.0

                        Versatile B&W Plugin

                        By Norm

                        from Seattle

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                          Produces great results. Already have created a number of great B&W images.
                          Had trouble at first with registering it. Had downloaded trial some time back, and had to get this removed from Nik's system. Once that was done, it registered easily enough.
                          Software works great in both CS5 and Lightroom 3.4. The preset changes are quite good for normal use and you can adjust beyond that with very little effort.
                          Quite easy to use with great results.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome B&W processing power

                          By butlerkid

                          from Tennessee

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable
                          • Targeted adjustments

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                            If you want to take your B&W images to the next level, try Silver Efex Pro!

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                            4.0

                            Perfect B&W Filter

                            By Greg

                            from Lamoine, Maine

                            About Me Professional

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Small learning curve

                            Cons

                            • Needs rectangle adjustmen

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                            I selected numerous photographs for black and white processing from a European trip. Some were taken in bright sunlight and others inside of buildings that did not allow flash.
                            Silver Effects made it easy to add adjustments for contrast, exposure, lights and blacks without having to draw masks and add numerous layers to small sections. Light through windows and reflections in mirrors could all be adjusted easily. Small learning curve.

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                            5.0

                            Silver Efex Pro2

                            By Roo

                            from Kilwinning, Ayrshire

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                              Real ease of use and full control over settings.

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                              5.0

                              Great Software for Monochrome

                              By Rick

                              from Pleasanton CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography

                                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                Software installed without a hitch and was able to download EFEX PRO 2 for free as advertised the next day. [...] I have ordered many items from B&H over the years and the products [...] have always been top notch. I use Silver EFEX PRO 2 with Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.

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                                5.0

                                Great method for grayscale photos

                                By Taubby

                                from Mountain Home, AR

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable
                                • Software is useable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Product Photography

                                  Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                  Black and white photos have always been my favorite renditions,
                                  Silver Efex Pro makes it possible for your possible conversions. Try it and I am certain that you will use this software.

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                                  5.0

                                  Outstanding color to B&W conversion

                                  By George

                                  from Sleepy Hollow, NY

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                      Bought Silver Efex Pro...after purchase they upgrade to Silver Efex Pro 2....provide me with a free update...an outstanding company!!

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                                      5.0

                                      Another Great Software From Nik

                                      By Pink Lemon Photography

                                      from Fairfield, CA

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Adjustability
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio

                                        Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                        Absolutly love this software. It is so easy to add to your workflow while editing photographs. The ability to selectively color and adjust is well worth this product. I use this for all my converts to b/w it is just too easy.

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                                        5.0

                                        seriously good stuff

                                        By Basque

                                        from VA

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Traveling

                                          Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                          Use Silver Efex Pro for serious B/W pics. Quickly gives you a solid start-point for your vision and then facilitates easy adjustments.

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Filter

                                          By Atlanta Shooter

                                          from Atlanta, GA

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro Software:

                                            This filter is great and easy to use!!! I downloaded the demo and after 15 days using it I could not be without it. It's possible to duplicate the effort in Photoshop but this is a BIG timesaver.

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