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Nik SoftwareSilver Efex Pro Software
 
4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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...

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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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    • No

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    5.0

    Fabulous for black and white photography

    By photobug429

    from Washington, DC metro area

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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

      Verified Buyer

      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

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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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              • No

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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

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                      • No

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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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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Perfect B&W Filter

                          By Greg

                          from Lamoine, Maine

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                            • No

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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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                              • No

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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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