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Silver Efex Pro 2: Fine-Tuned Black and White Photos

Article Description

This article is the second of five that focuses on plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. Silver Efex Pro is Nik Software’s answer to a professional Black and White photography workflow, offering a wider range of options for controlling contrast, details, and creative toning than the standard tools offered in Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture. Here, Photoshop expert Dan Moughamian, author of Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6, shows how the customization of three different preset types can yield different Black and White looks for your photos.
Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

To sum up, while I still use Photoshop (and occasionally just the tools available in Lightroom or ACR) for quick Black and White workflows, I now use Silver Efex Pro 2 for more detailed work. As you’ve seen the level of control it offers over the Black and White process, it’s impressive. It’s also quite intuitive once you are used to the Nik interface and the process of using U-Point-based edits.