Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software is the most powerful tool for creating professional quality black and white images from your photographs. For the first time, all the advanced power and control required for professional results have been brought together in one convenient tool.
Featuring Nik Software's patented U Point technology to selectively control the tonality and contrast of the image, Silver Efex Pro includes advanced imaging algorithms to protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive collection of emulated black and white film types, a variable toning selector for adding traditional toning techniques, over 20 one-click preset styles, and a state-of-the-art grain reproduction engine that help produce the highest quality black and white images possible from your color images while providing more freedom to experiment.
A recognized leader in digital imaging technology, Nik Software has developed class-leading solutions to specific challenges photographers face when creating black and white images and packaged them in one convenient tool.
Here are some key features of "Silver Efex Pro":
· Incredible Speed and Results with U Point Technology
U Point powered Control Points enable you to selectively control the tonality and contrast of an image without the need for any complicated selections or layer masks. Gain a new level of precision and efficiency in your photographic image editing. By placing a control point on any part of the image you wish to alter, and moving a few simple sliders, you can achieve incredible results in a fraction of the time required by other tools.
· State-of-the-Art Grain Engine
Silver Efex Pro features a revolutionary new grain engine that accurately recreates your digital photographs to look like a traditional black and white image. In contrast to other methods which merely overlay a grain pattern over your image, Silver Efex Pro recreates your image out of grain mimicking the traditional silver halide process.
· Film Emulation
Silver Efex Pro emulates 18 of the most popular black and white film types, including the grain, color sensitivity, and tone curve for each.
· Advanced Stylizing
Stylize your images with popular tints and toners, add a classic vignette, and burn in the edges with natural darkroom-inspired tools. A collection of over 20 preset styles, with thumbnails using the current image, let you quickly experiment with new looks. It also allows you to create your own style presets quite easily.
· Powerful Selective Tool (Adobe Photoshop only)
The Selective Tool gives you instant access to Silver Efex Pro and allows you to brush filter effects into your image using any brush tool available in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Layers and layer masks are created automatically, enabling you to quickly and easily apply enhancements to precise areas in your image (not available in Apple Aperture).
· Smart Filter Compatibility (Adobe Photoshop only)
Silver Efex Pro is Smart Filter compatible which allows you to go back and fine tune black and white images even after effects have been applied (not available in Apple Aperture).
· Multi-image Support (Apple Aperture only)
Silver Efex Pro is compatible with Apple Aperture's ability to work on multiple images at once. When more than one image is opened, "Previous" and "Next" buttons appear that allow photographers to easily copy and paste settings between images to maintain consistency.
· G4, G5, Intel Core Solo, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Xeon.
· 512 MB RAM.
· Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.
· Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 and 6.0; or an image editing application that accepts Adobe Photoshop plug-ins compatible filters.
· Apple Aperture 2.1 or later.
· 15 days trial period.