Melbourne, Photography

The Efex of Colour

Two weeks ago I played with Silver Efex Pro 2 and fell in love with it.  Since I now have Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software I thought it was time I had a play with it as well.  Can I just say, I am so impressed.  It is really good and the things you can do are pretty wild.

I first did this image in July.  The processed image has become one of my favourites, this was the original image.  It is hard to know what image to use when using software for the first time, but I decided that this one would be good for it.  I like the composition and the colours are nice.

So, decision made, image chosen, just need to open up Color Efex and see what I can do with it.

I hope you can tell that I have done something to it.  Color Efex, like Silver Efex has a whole heap of filters, or presets, and you can go through them and see what each one does to your images.  Some are pretty wild, and some are really good.  This one is the Classical Soft Focus.  One of the things I also like is that you don’t have to settle for the filter, you can change it as well, you can add more focus, or take out strength, you make it what you want.

Here is another filter.  This one is Film Efex Vintage.  Does it look like a really old photo.  Love the whiting around the edges.

This filter is Low Key, and has made it look dark, again there are lots of things that you can do to change or tweak the image to exactly what you want.  Then if you do work out what you want with the changes, you can save them so you don’t have to remember them all the time.

Paper Toner is what this one is called.  There are also a lot of different tones that you can add to the image.

I am amazed at how many filters there are.  If you like playing with your images, this is a lot of fun.  I also like the Efex because they don’t turn your image into something silly and the results give you something that you can leave as it is, or work on some more.  I must try and incorporate some of these into my art images.  I know I will be using that first one a lot.  I love that one.

Like Silver Efex Pro 2, you can download a trial version and test it out, just go to Nik Software and try it out.

I haven’t done a lot with it yet, and I will try it out more in the near future.  This has been a really crazy week.  I have job on that is making me travel all over the place and it is tiring me out.  It has been good, but exhausting.  It is the constant trying to work out what images to take and how to take them.  I also have my last class this Saturday and I have to write some notes on Portrait photography, and I just don’t know what to say.  I will come up with something.

I am sorry about not responding to all your comments, but I will get onto them soon.


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  1. It looks english, no wonder that! I never been in Melbourne in my life only in London so it is the only compare I have!
    I like the red color more than black but I like the s/w and sepia photos, too.

    • It does look very English, Melbourne was once described as the most English City in Australia. I don’t know if it is true, but it is understandable you would think like that.
      Thanks Susanne, I like to hear what people like.

  2. I’ve used colour efex pro for some time now and love what it can do, and how versatile it is. I also prefer the Nik HDR pro to photomatix, well worth a try.

    • Thanks, I am starting to see what it can do. I have HDR Efex as well, but really haven’t had a lot of time to play with it yet, I am really happy with Photomatix so time will tell. I have to get into the nitty gritty of it.

    • Yes, do check it out, it is pretty amazing software, has some fantastic features. You are welcome and thank you.

  3. You should really have bought the complete collection 8-) there’s no turning back now. Viveza is also excellent.

    • What is the complete collection, I got Silver Efex, Colour Efex and HDR Efex? I might have to go back and take a look.

      • complete collection includes Viveza 2 which is an excellent way to alter the brightness of a specific area, Dfine, noise reduction tool and Sharpener pro which is a sharpening plugin, they can be bought as a complete package i regulary use Viveza and Define, dont use sharpener much, although it does have a nice out of focus facility, which i sometimes use to throw the background OOF

      • Are you signed up to get there online live training? the webinars are very good and free.

      • I hope I am, I didn’t get a couple of them, but I might look into them another time. I still haven’t really used the HDR Efex, which I need to do.

  4. I’m loving all of them (and loving having a moment to read and comment again!).
    I’m going to download the trial, and give it a go – you know, in all my Spare Time ;)

    • You will get that spare time, I know you will. I hope when you get a chance you can have a play with it. So glad you got some time to your self. :)

  5. Thanks for the tip .. using a free program that is really good .. photoscape. – fantastic program and it’s free.

      • I like it because it’s quite extensive and it’s FREE. Never worked with PhotoShop. It’s a great alternative for a happy amateur.

      • Yes, I have that too – great program – specially when I can make the photo in black and white – and color the main feature. Just love to play with that.

      • I also love Photoscape a LOT. To the point that I will often use Photoscape instead of Photoshop, because it’s so fast and easy to use. I’d like to try out GIMP too sometime, sounds really neat.

  6. I own a few Nik products, but I find them expensive relative to the number of times I actually use them.

    Not for everyone, I’m sure, but for me it’s then more rewarding (personally and financially) to learn how to accomplish those same effects (lots of helpful tutorials on the web).

    But yeah; if one is going to do this often, well worth the money.

    • They can be, though you do get quite a bit for your money. It is good to work it out for yourself, and I think I could do that, but it is so easy to just go into the product and do it. I do understand where you are coming from though.

  7. What fun fun fun. I like the different looks that the photo got after the color tweaks. :-)

  8. kuujinbo says


    From the posts I’ve read it seems like you’re able to get some great discounts or even free software due to your work. If you like Nik Software, you might want to try Alien Skin Exposure, another tool a lot of people like, which is also has a fully functional trial version.

    I also liked your work with Silver Efex Pro 2. I was going to buy it, but the Alien Skin software includes both B&W and color presets and was a bit less expensive. (waited for a 30% discount).

    • I do get some good deals, which is nice, I have never heard of that software, I will have to check it out. Thanks for the information on it. Always good to wait for those discounts. Thanks

  9. It’s great to see some of the things that Nik does. Somehow it’s more meaningful than what I might find on their website. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

  10. Genuinely enjoyed viewing what you’ve ‘played’ with here, Leanne! It looks so very much easier that P’shop’s filters…with much, much more of a selection. Saving $$$ here…convinced, totally, re: Nik Software’s product line…so, THANKS!

    • Thank you 1000, apparently if you sign up for their newsletter they have good discounts from time to time. Apparently they are worth looking out for. I really like the filters and I am looking forward to experimenting with them more.

  11. digital-bizarre says

    Great stuff, I have (and use) Colour FX 3 pro, it came as a plug in with PSP X4

  12. Hi,
    Congrats on your award and this is also a lovely post on photography and filters! Also thank you for Liking my post : )

  13. It’s so fascinating to me how many ways we can “see” the same image, just by tweaking different elements. The possibilities are endless! Great work!

    • I think that is one of the things that I absolutely love about digital photography, the possibilities are endless. Thank you.

  14. Same (beautiful) shot, very different emotions evoked in each rendering. Do love that!

    • Yes, it was used, it was the classical soft focus, so it just made it soft. Great software, the only image not used was the first one. Thank you YellowCable

  15. Good stuff, Leanne. It’s funny – looking at the second image first thing, I could tell it was different. Going back and forth between it and the first, though, I couldn’t tell what it was that was different. Funny.

    • It is great software, you could try a free trial and see what you think. I think if you like Silver Efex, you will probably like this as well. Thanks Raven

      • Thank you, I’ll definitely give it a try! The Nik HDR software looks interesting too, I currently use Photomatix, but it looks much simpler.

  16. petit4chocolatier says

    Love the photos! I do especially like the Film Efex Vintage and the paper toner.

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