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Jan 13, 2012 09:36 |  #1

I have LR3 and CS5 and I've been looking at picking up the Silver Efex Pro 2. I can get academic pricing on the software and I was wondering if I'm just better off springing for the Ultimate bundle.

The bundle is however quite a bit more than picking up the Silver Efex Pro 2 alone. So my question is, how useful are the other software in the bundle?

Color Efex seems kind of interesting and Viveza seems like a powerful tool, but I'm not sure if these programs are really worthwhile to pick up. And what about other programs in the bundle like Dfine and Sharpener Pro? Are these programs worth using over what is in LR3 and CS5?




  
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Jan 13, 2012 10:00 |  #2

If you can get the bundle with the discount, get it.
Color Efex pro, HDR Efex Pro and Silver Efex are wonderful.
Viveza is worth it for working on specific areas if you don't want to mask them yourself.
I don't use Dfine or Sharpener Pro.
Download the trial and experiment with it.




  
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Jan 13, 2012 11:34 as a reply to  @ Merlin_AZ's post |  #3

I am pretty new at processing. I have LR3 and CS5. I am decent in LR and have years ahead of me for CS5. I also purchased the NIK collection. This software is like Chess. You can learn about the use in a short amount of time, but it will take time to become an expert - although not nearly the time it takes to be an expert in CS5. Yet, there is so much one can do with NIK software that makes a hugh impact on the images you make. In my humble opinion, more than worth the price, especially if you get the student discount.


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Jan 13, 2012 15:50 as a reply to  @ pbelarge's post |  #4

Your question was how useful were the other plug-ins in the bundle. That depends on what you do, but I have most of the plug-ins and they all do what they are designed to do very, very well.

I use Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex, Viveza and Dfine and they are all wonderful. Color Efex Pro is my go-to plug-in that I use on almost all of my photos. If you ever do B&W, Silver Efex is amazing. I find Dfine for noise removal and it works very well. Viveza was the first Nik product I purchased and is the one I use the least. My Photoshop skills have improved since buying it and I find I can do most of what Viveza does in Photoshop. But, it still comes in handy at times. If you would have a use for the different plug-ins, I would recommend getting the bundle. They are professional grade tools that work very well.


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Jan 13, 2012 15:56 |  #5

When I first bought Nik software I didn't want to pay for the bundle so I just bought the sharpening and noise removal tools. After seeing how well they work and seeing the quality of results that people were getting with other tools like Silver Efex, I was stuck deciding whether it was better to pay for the whole collection or to just buy the other tools one at a time. Either way it would have been cheaper to just buy the complete bundle in the first place.


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Jan 13, 2012 18:58 |  #6

The Complete is worth it if you can get a discount. I almost never use Photoshop anymore. Aperture+Nik=Heaven.


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Jan 13, 2012 22:57 as a reply to  @ Tony-S's post |  #7

Hmm... you guys are making me lean towards the bundle. :)

I guess what I'm really trying to figure out is my workflow. I'm trying to figure out an efficient way to process my photos and originally I was thinking of trying to stay in Lightroom as much as possible. But if the plugins in this bundle are better that means I will be exporting every one of my photos to photoshop to use the plugins. I suppose it's better to do things right.




  
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Jan 14, 2012 15:24 |  #8

You could always get the lightroom version of the plugins. Cheaper that way, too.


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Jan 14, 2012 22:29 |  #9

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Hmm... you guys are making me lean towards the bundle. :)

I guess what I'm really trying to figure out is my workflow. I'm trying to figure out an efficient way to process my photos and originally I was thinking of trying to stay in Lightroom as much as possible. But if the plugins in this bundle are better that means I will be exporting every one of my photos to photoshop to use the plugins. I suppose it's better to do things right.

I first had the LR only bundle but having to switch between viveza, color efex & sharpening all the time drove me nuts so I upgraded to the photoshop version so its faster to work with

once in a while the brushes come in handy as well


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Jan 14, 2012 23:34 as a reply to  @ tekkie's post |  #10

Purchased the ultimate bundle. Unfortunately there was an error in processing my order so I probably have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to get my download links. Maybe I should just download the trial and get going. :)

I got an additional workflow questions for you guys who make heavy use of the Nik softwares. What do you actually use LR for?

I'm thinking I'll still import photos into LR first to manage my photos. Set the WB and exposure. Maybe crop and limited retouching. Then send it to Dfine for noise reduction, Presharpener, Color/Silver/Vivenza, then end with output sharpening. But what about contrast? Do you add some in LR or do you wait to add it in Color/Silver/Vivenza? I've been watching the Nik tutorials and it seems it might actually be easier to do less in LR if you're going to use the Nik tools anyways.




  
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Jan 14, 2012 23:50 |  #11

Another bundle user. NIK had the Ultimate package on sale a few months ago and I sprung for the whole thing. I mainly use NIL with PS on single images, but it's really handy using it in batch mode via LR for weddings and events where many pictures will get the same processing


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Jan 15, 2012 02:46 |  #12

Nik has the best stuff out there. Never heard a complaint about any of their stuff before. Really creative stuff.


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Jan 15, 2012 14:24 |  #13

I use their sharpening out for prints, and it works superbly!


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Jan 15, 2012 19:07 |  #14

I spent today in a workshop on Viveza, Color Efex, Silver Efex and HDR Efex. I've been using Color and Silver for about 6 months but until today I didn't realize how little I was actually using.

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Jan 15, 2012 19:28 |  #15

You should have videotaped it for us!


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