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Get stunning Black and White images this September

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 – save 10% off this September

Silver Efex Pro 2 is Nik Software’s flagship image enhancement plug-in software which gives you the power to create truly stunning black and white images.

A major upgrade from their award-winning Silver Efex plug-in, many professional photographers considers Silver Efex Pro 2 to be the definitive solution for re-creating the intricate quality, depth and impact of traditional darkroom black and white photography.

Key features will give you the power to amaze:

  • Amplifying Blacks and Whites increases the presence of highlights and shadows adaptively throughout the image, creating a unique contrast effect
  • Visual Presets characterised by photographic style, provide great single-click starting points which can be edited and shared with others
  • Fine Structure brings out even the smallest details and textures resulting in more visible image detail without creating an over-sharpened look

Take a look at the product here, and don’t forget to save 10% off this September.

Why not come and see it in action for yourself?

Every so often we run a drop-in day at our Birmingham HQ which gives you the perfect opportunity to quiz us on all things colour management, and come and see our extensive product range in action, demoed by our expert technical team.

Our latest drop-in day takes place on Tuesday 25th September at our Birmingham head-office, come and have a look at:

  • Our extensive range of colour accurate, professional standard monitors
  • Exceptional image enhancement software packages
  • How to calibrate your display properly
  • How to match your screen to your printouts

And better still, our drop-in days are totally free!

Learn more, and register here.

Time to celebrate this weekend! (If you live in the UK…)

So, rather inevitably, as the Jubilee weekend rolls around, the sunshine has well and truly disappeared and the cloudy drizzle had arrived (well, in Birmingham anyway, congratulations if the sun is shining you…).

Anyway, how many of you are attending some street parties, or, more importantly, are designated photographer for the event?

If so, you may want to make sure you have these 3 essential items with you to ensure you take the best picture every time and image edit in confidence.

  1. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
    This should be the first thing you take with you on any shoot – whether in the studio, or outside. The passport offers first hand camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow editing. It consists of three photographic targets: White Balance Target for accurate control, Classic Target consisting of 24 patch colours references for creating camera profiles, and a Create Enhancement Target for highlight and shadow details.
  2. Datacolor Spyder4Express monitor calibrator
    If you don’t “colour manage”, a monitor calibrator (to ensure colour is displayed accurately on your monitor) is a great place to start. The Datacolor Spyder4Express is the ideal ‘beginners’ calibrator for a single monitor which is simple and affordable.
  3. Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2
    Creating Black & White images just got a whole lot easier. Black and white images immediately carry a timeless, classic feel – perfect to capture the jubilee moment.

The above are a sure-fire way to ensure you capture your Jubilee images accurately, and edit them afterwards in confidence.

And, to celebrate the Jubilee, we’ll be giving you free delivery on eligible orders this weekend – starting this afternoon!

Check back to www.colorconfidence.com for more information. Enjoy the break!

Only a few days left: save 10% on Nik Plug-ins

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts – until the end of May you can save 10% on the Nik Software range. So, with a only a few days to go, here’s a gentle reminder about the Nik Software range, and why they are so useful for digital image editing…

  • Color Efex Pro 4 – available in Select and Complete editions, Color Efex is the most comprehensive set of enhancements for colour correction, retouching and creative filters to quickly stylise your images.
  • Silver Efex Pro 2 – the definitive plug-in for truly outstanding black and white images. Arguably their flagship plug-in, Silver Efex really is an outstanding addition to your workflow.
  • HDR Efex Pro – the new benchmark for creating stunning, high quality and realistic High Dynamic Range stylised images.
  • Viveza 2 – take control of light, contrast and colour in your digital imagery for fast, effective photo editing.
  • Dfine 2.0 – a brilliant plug-in to reduce noise in your images, creating superior quality images without the loss of detail.
  • Sharpener Pro 3.0 – create maximum impact with easy image sharpening

The range plugs seamlessly into Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom – meaning you can utilise them in whichever tool works best for you and your workflow.

They all make use of Nik’s patented U-Point Technology too, allowing you to selectively apply adjustments to any area in an image with affecting the overall appearance.

If you want a sneak preview of the power and versatility of Nik Software, the Snapseed App is a great way to get a feel for the Nik way of image editing. Snapseed is available on iPhone and through the Mac Appstore.

We did an in-depth review of Snapseed back in January which you can read here.

A few of us in the office are proud owners of the Snapseed iPhone app, and truthfully, you’ll struggle to find a better app for image editing on the iPhone!

Go have a look… and get that phone out in the sunshine!

Spring has arrived!

The weather is much better, the sun is actually shining and Spring is very much in the air. Or, at least it was yesterday…

Anyway, to celebrate we have two special Spring offers for you:

1) Get into quality printouts with X-Rite and Tecco

If you buy a ColorMunki Photo this month, you can get yourself a free box of A4 Tecco paper.

The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo will calibrate both your monitor and printer, meaning what you see on screen is what you end up printing out  (one of the most common queries at Focus this year was “why do my printouts look different than what’s on screen?”)  ensuring greater accuracy.

This offer also means you can print out your newly found accurate images on quality paper.

The Tecco paper range includes different types of paper with varying characteristics, helping to add life and depth to your images. For example, Tecco Iridium Silver Gloss is a silver metallised paper perfect for intensifying black and white images, and Tecco Sepia Satin will add a classic/vintage sepia finish to your prints.

We have 5 paper types to choose from – so once your monitor and printer are calibrated, you can get creative with your printing.

Learn more about the offer here.


2) Get creative with Color Efex Pro 4 for less

So you’ve now got monitor and printer calibration sorted, as well as some quality paper to print on, but what about your actual image editing?

Until the end of April, you can save 20% on Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software.

Color Efex Pro 4 is versatile and intuitive allowing you to colour correct, edit and retouch your digital images, making use of Nik’s patented U-Point technology.

The ‘Complete’ edition has 55 filters (10 improved, 8 brand new) which offer combined flexibility and creativity to quickly stylise your images and make them stand out from the crowd.

Along with Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 was one of our most popular and well-received products at this year’s Focus on Imaging.

Learn more about this offer here.

And lastly, don’t forget to come and see us at Sign and Digital UK, stand P94! See www.signuk.com for the lowdown.

Creating Outstanding Black and White Images

In a slight change of plan to the one described in our previous Nik blog post, this week we’ll be looking at how to create outstanding black and white images using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

In a nutshell, Silver Efex Pro 2 allows you to turn any digital image (colour or otherwise) into black and white one.

Inspired by the darkroom, Silver Efex Pro 2 is arguably Nik’s flagship product. Whenever we’re at a trade show it’s more often than not one of our most recognisable and liked products on show. Indeed, many of our staff here with a keen interest and experience in photography express how good and powerful Silver Efex Pro 2 is. EISA agreed too; awarding it ‘Best Product’ in their photo software category 2011-12.

So what makes Silver Efex Pro 2 so complete?

Black and white effects can create a timeless, classic feel to images. Silver Efex Po 2 quickly and effortlessly transforms digital colour photographs into artistic, sophisticated black and white images. By taking advantage of intelligent tools and presets, and Nik’s U Point Technology, you can open up a range of precise, creative and experimental options for black and white images.

Silver Efex Pro 2 includes a host of features, effects and presets to get the best out of your imagery:

‘Dynamic Brightness’ ensures that different areas of your image receive different brightening adjustments based on the tonal values of that area. This means that darker areas within an image can get brighter without affecting the lighter areas of the image and visa-versa. Traditionally this process would take time to do in Photoshop, but Silver Efex Pro 2 does this in minutes.

‘Structure and Fine Structure’ adjustments enhance light and dark uniformity throughout an image using Structure Control. This works by working precisely ‘between’ edges and defined lines within an image, consequently bringing out textures and details. Crucially, it does this without creating an over-sharpened look, which can cause an un-natural or over-saturated looking image.

A ‘Grain Engine’ feature helps you set the mood of an image. Using powerful algorithms, Silver Efex Pro 2 allows you to layer grain on an image using grain settings pre-defined by you. This results in a more ‘natural’ looking, nostalgic image.

These are just a few of the features contained within Silver Efex Pro 2, there are many others that make it a supremely powerful tool for editing images. For a complete feature run-down, the Nik Software webpage details exactly what you get in the software.

There’s also further descriptions here.

In two weeks time we’ll continue our bi-weekly feature on Nik Software, taking a closer look at the Nik plug-in range as a whole, and more importantly, why you need them.

Exploring Nik Software – part 3

Last week, we explored Color Efex Pro 3 and HDR Efex Pro. The final part of our Nik Software review takes a closer look at Silver Efex Pro 2 and Sharpener Pro 3.

Silver Efex Pro 2 – the black and white processing engine.

Like all Nik plug-ins, Silver Efex Pro 2 gives a range of preset styles enabling the user to find the general style you’re looking for. You can then use the wealth of settings available to assist the black and white creation process, creating that personalised image.

Together with the usual global brightness, contrast and structure sliders, tools familiar to traditional film photographers are also available. For example, coloured filters can be applied to alter the contrast characteristics of the image, emulating the technique of placing glass or plastic filters in front of the camera lense when using black and white film. These filters can be effective for getting better contrast in images, or adding more definition between sky and cloudscapes.

One of the more powerful features is the film stock selector which emulates the characteristics of black and white film. This can give powerful contrast and natural grain effects. If you have used film in the past and want to reproduce the style of images created in a darkroom, Siler Efex provides you with a range of tools to help you explore this effect.

Silver Efex Pro 2 uses Nik’s UPoint control points allowing you to vary the monochrome effects in specific areas of the image, or alternatively bring selective colour back into the image.

Sharpener Pro 3 – for a perfectly balanced, sharp image.

Sharpener Pro 3 is a powerful and professional sharpening tool using the latest adaptive sharpening techniques. It provides accurate, controllable sharpening across the whole image, or selectively with the use of control points.

Sharpener Pro 3 provides accurate sharpening without giving that ‘over-sharpened’ look that can sometimes happen when you push other systems a little too far. You get a more ‘natural’ looking, sharpened image.

Sharpening can either be applied directly to the image you are working on (pre-sharpening), or applied to an image prior to printing, keying in the size and viewing distance to provide the ideal level of sharpening for the print.

All-in-all, Nik Software Plug-ins give you the opportunity to customise your images to new levels, taking the time and extensive knowledge required away from the conventional Photoshop way of editing images.

You can read back through parts one and two to visit the other products in the range.

Happy editing!