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Nik SoftwareSilver Efex Pro 2 Software
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate (30)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (22)
  • Accurate colors (14)
  • Easy to customize (13)

Cons

  • Freezes or crashes (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (25)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (27), Business (12)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (21), Mac (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Essential for Black and White Photos

I hesitated for a while before buying this, wondering, 'Can I do things with it that I can't do with Photoshop? Is it really worth the price?' Then I tried out the...Read complete review

I hesitated for a while before buying this, wondering, 'Can I do things with it that I can't do with Photoshop? Is it really worth the price?' Then I tried out the trial version... Time after time, I would load an image into Silver Efex, thinking that it was fine as was, and probably wouldn't be improved significantly by using the program. But every time, the resulting image was either somewhat better than before, or (in most cases) considerably better - virtually a whole new image!It allows you to really get into an image and 'interpret it.' You do this through the excellent selection of presets, plus a rich array of controls over highlights, shadows, midtones, structure, contrast, toning and other goodies, such image borders and film grain.Yes, you will play and have fun with it, but it's more than a toy...in the hands of the right photographer, this software can improve the quality of your images and thus the saleability of your images.So as you can tell, I ended up buying it, and have been happily using it ever since. As a final note, I recommend getting this from B&H [...]it's much cheaper than on Nik's own website.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great tool, but very slow

This tool will allow the artist to create wonderful black and white images and includes a large suite of presets to kick-start the creative process. It has a few drawbacks, however. First, rendering...Read complete review

This tool will allow the artist to create wonderful black and white images and includes a large suite of presets to kick-start the creative process. It has a few drawbacks, however. First, rendering is painfully slow for any change made to a full size TIFF image. Because rendering is slow, so is navigation, since that requires re-rendering. There is a loupe, but that is not very helpful and seems not to faithfully render even the small sample. When you bring an image back into Photoshop it takes five or more minutes to fully display the new layer in black and white and that often crashes the Photoshop display, so that the only way you know it works is that it shows up in the Navigator. I have 8Gb of memory and a 4-processor system, so I'm pretty sure it's not my machine, which displays most Photoshop updates instantly. All that said, I will keep using it, since the images it creates are really not easy to duplicate using any other tool I've tried and they ARE beautiful.

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5.0

As promised

By LAS

from Balto, MD

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls
  • Easy To Navigate

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Quality

    Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

    A perfect companion for Photoshop B&W conversions. Used it to correct old shots and convert new ones.

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

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    5.0

    Finally, digital black & white!

    By Shoe

    from Nottingham, NH

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Quality

      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

      Easy to use and very powerful; subtle or dramatic!

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

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      5.0

      LOVE THIS PRODUCT

      By SuziSnaps

      from Branson,Mississippi

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Changing Colr To Bw Imag
        • Professional Quality

        Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

        EASY TO USE LOVE THIS PRODUCT. MY CLIET LOVED THE FINISHED PRINTS. MADE RAW COLRO FILES LOOK BEAUTIFUL IN BALCK &WHITE, MUSEUM QUALITY PRINTS AT 18X24 INCHES.

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

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        5.0

        It is GREAT

        By GregK

        from TX

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

          Use it to covert all of my B&W photos from LightRoom

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

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          5.0

          Incredible Software...

          By A.D.

          from Englewood, NJ

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

            Silver Efex Pro 2 is an incredible software product. It is easy to adapt to, and the manner in which one may edit specific aspects of an image without affecting others is very impressive. The only issue that I've had with it thus far concerns the toning selection, for which many options are provided: so many of them look so great I have a difficult time choosing! (and should I need to clarify: this is not a complaint).

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

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            4.0

            Great B&W Conversion Software

            By Farff

            from Jackson, Miss.

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Can't work on RAW files

            Best Uses

            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

            I like this software very much. I'm just getting my feet wet with it, but so far, it makes my B&W conversions much more easily than LR. My only complaint is that it can't import RAW files.

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

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            4.0

            Works great, Should not be so expensive

            By Lazlo

            from Tucson, AZ

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • High price

            Best Uses

            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

            This product works great and is something for any serious photogpraher. I gave it four stars instead of five due to the high price. I know B&H can not sell it for less than the cost.

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

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            4.0

            Great product, expensive upgrades

            By JimF

            from Waltham, MA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Quality

                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                I actually don't own V2, just V1. I've really been impressed by what it can do, and the ability to focus on specific areas of the image and manipulate is great. So you can darken and cut contrast in one area, do something completely different in another. I always use as a smart object in Photoshop so I can go back and tweak my work- otherwise it's lost.My gripe- within a year of my buying V1, they came out with V2. The upgrade was almost $1- most companies would offer a free, or heavily discounted, upgrade if you had purchased that recently. Great free tutorials, strong product, but if you're not a pro hard to justify the initial, and upgrade, costs.

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                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Does what it says and more

                By Ckuhn55

                from Saratoga, Ca

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                    use with Photoshop 5
                    control points to specific areas for brightness, structure, contrast etc

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

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                    5.0

                    Best B&W software I have ever used.

                    By Al

                    from Lacrscent, Mn.

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Quality

                      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                      Does excelllant job on B&W photos. You can do all global and local adjustments needed to produce great quality photos. The presets are a great place to start, then fine tune any part of the photo you choose. Works well with Lightroom and CS5.

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

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                      4.0

                      Quick and Easy

                      By farff

                      from Jackson, Miss.

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                      Pros

                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Quality

                        Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                        I'm just now getting into the flow of using Silver Efex Pro 2 software. It is, without a doubt, a great B&W conversion tool. Much more intuitive to use, in my mind, than Lightroom or Photoshop. My only critique is that it lacks the capability to import RAW files. One has to use JPEG or TIFF, etc. to import photos into the software.

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                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        I would recommend this product

                        By dlake

                        from Clinton, UT

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                            Easy to install and use. I highly recommend this product if you want professional black and white photographs.

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

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                            1.0

                            Don't buy if you have Vista

                            By CJ

                            from Wisconsin

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Doesn't work at all
                              • Freezes or Crashes

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                I wanted this software SO badly from the day I discovered it. I ran home the day it arrived at my door, installed it and...... NOTHING.It crashes Elements 9 whenever I try to load SEP2, and when I try to use it through Lightroom 4, zilch, nada.... nothing happens. I guess I should be happy that at least it doesn't make LR4 crash, right?I called tech support, sat on the phone LITERALLY for 2.5 hours on a Friday night, and the guy tried every trick in the book and NOTHING worked. He gathered some info about my computer and told me he'd get back to me. That was 4 days ago, and I've heard not a word from tech support since then. I'm so glad I spent[$] on NOTHING.It must be Vista, since I've seen it work on other people's computers just fine. There, I'm done ranting.

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                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                3.0

                                A great tool, but very slow

                                By Biffle

                                from Vashon Island, WA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great BW images
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Navigate
                                • Freezes or Crashes

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Quality

                                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                This tool will allow the artist to create wonderful black and white images and includes a large suite of presets to kick-start the creative process. It has a few drawbacks, however. First, rendering is painfully slow for any change made to a full size TIFF image. Because rendering is slow, so is navigation, since that requires re-rendering. There is a loupe, but that is not very helpful and seems not to faithfully render even the small sample. When you bring an image back into Photoshop it takes five or more minutes to fully display the new layer in black and white and that often crashes the Photoshop display, so that the only way you know it works is that it shows up in the Navigator. I have 8Gb of memory and a 4-processor system, so I'm pretty sure it's not my machine, which displays most Photoshop updates instantly. All that said, I will keep using it, since the images it creates are really not easy to duplicate using any other tool I've tried and they ARE beautiful.

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

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                                5.0

                                Does What it Says

                                By Sternhagen

                                from Illinois, USA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Quality
                                  • Restoring Old Photos

                                  Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                  Silver Efex Pro 2 used to restore old family photos from thousands of faded prints and negatives. Tools provided with application enable outstanding results more so than with any other application I have used over the years. NIK webinars are a great help in learning how to use the software. Software installs seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop 10.
                                  There are no significant negatives. That said, NIK might provide some additional guidance in how to extract the optimal benefit from each of the sliders and tools contained in the application. Webinars help but are limited in their capacity to cover the expansive number of tools in the package.

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                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Software!

                                  By Vance

                                  from Sacramento, CA

                                  About Me Value Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                    This is awesome software to take your black and whites to the next level! Easy to learn and use.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Black and white never looked so good!

                                    By John

                                    from Ottawa, Canada

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                      I haven't been happy with my attempts at converting my colour images to black and white inside of Lightroom 3. I bought Silver Effects Pro based on numerous blog posts and podcasts from photography experts that swear by this software. The first image I converted was one that I have been struggling with for a long time. I liked it but it just didn't have the punch I wanted. Within 15 minutes I had an image I was so happy with I printed it, framed it and hung it on the wall of my office. Give this a try with the 15 day free trial from Nik. You'll be buying it too.

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                                      • Personal
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                                      • PC

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                                      5.0

                                      Incredible black & whites

                                      By Daicey

                                      from Mass

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                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                          I was using CS4 & camera raw for processing black & whites but it doesn't even compare to Silver Efex Pro.

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                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          5.0

                                          Unbelievable black and white images

                                          By Mitch

                                          from Iowa

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                          • Easy To Navigate
                                          • Lots of options available
                                          • User Friendly
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                            I have always loved black and white and thought that I was fair at editing black and white photos, but this software opened up possibilities I never imagined. The software is fairly easy to learn. I watched one or two free tutorials on the Nik website and dove in. I went back and re-edited many of my favorite images and was very impressed. I use it as a plug-in to LR3 and find it very convenient.

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                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            5.0

                                            B&W made easy

                                            By roxie

                                            from Tucson, AZ

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Software:

                                                Very easy to use. Very easy to install. My black and white prints are much better than just using Photoshop, although I am sure an expert Photoshop person could do similar things.

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                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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