This chapter provides basic information about the general workflow with Nik Software's plug-ins. You will get to know the specific features of each host application and the functionality of the control points on which the U Point technology is based.
Fundamentals and Integration with Host Applications
This video shows you what kinds of results you should expect when using each plug-in in the Complete Collection.
This video demonstrates the recommended workflow with the individual Nik Software plug-ins. Starting with Dfine, then the RAW Presharpener (if required), we will proceed through Viveza and the two effects plug-ins (Color Efex and Silver Efex), all the way to the Output Sharpener. HDR Efex Pro would be used when necessary to combine images into high dynamic range composites.
You can use the Nik Software plug-ins within photograph management programs like Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. In this video you'll learn how to work with these two applications and what you need to keep in mind when doing so.
In Photoshop you have the option to "Convert to Smart Filters." With Nik Software's plug-ins you can use this to reopen saved files and re-edit your adjustments. This video shows you how to get the best from this feature.
This chapter deals with the Nik Software plug-in Dfine 2.0, which enables you to reduce unwanted artifacts like noise. You will learn not only how to use the interface but also how to set up an optimal workflow.
In this section, you'll install the Dfine plug-in and begin to learn how to use it.
Dfine is easy to install. In this video, you'll learn the specifics of installing it into Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Lightroom 3, and Apple Aperture 3.
All digital camera sensors can produce unwanted artifacts, or image noise. The severity of it depends on factors like the camera's sensor quality and the ISO settings. In this video you'll learn how to reduce image noise in Dfine with one click.
For noise reduction you can choose between automatic and manual measurement. In this video you'll learn how to use Dfine's Luminance and Chrominance view modes to determine the type of noise in an image and thus decide between automatic and manual.
This section looks at different methods of noise reduction through the use of control points, color ranges, and painting in Photoshop.
Selective Noise Reduction
Dfine's control points allow you to reduce noise selectively so that only the areas you need noise removed from are affected. In this video you'll learn how to do this and how to check the result using view modes.
This lesson will show you how to mask and protect areas of an image without having to waste time cutting out. We'll then look at how the effects you create can be painted in using Photoshop's Brush tool.
With the view modes you can not only preview a single image, but also compare the original with the modified versions. In this video we also look at the Modes view to see where control point effects are being applied via Effect Mask and Effect Overlay views.
This lesson looks at Quick Save slots, which enable you to save various processing steps together with the filter and to apply these steps to more images. This will speed up your workflow considerably!
In this section you will learn about the workflow for using Color Efex pro in conjunction with Photoshop as a host application.
Photoshop is the only host application where you can convert the plug-in filters into Smart Filters. In this video, you'll learn the benefits of this technique and what you need to keep in mind when using it.
This chapter deals with the Sharpener Pro 3.0 plug-in. This plug-in consists of two components: the RAW Presharpener, which presharpens the image, and the Output Sharpener, which you use at the end of the workflow to adjust the image for different output options.
Sharpener Pro 3.0
In this chapter you will install the Sharpener Pro plug-in and get to know the difference between the RAW Presharpener and the Output Sharpener.
In this video you'll see how to install Sharpener Pro and learn about its special features related to Photoshop.
In this chapter you will get to know the special features of the Output Sharpener user interface.
Output Sharpener User Interface
The interface allows you to choose between four preview modes for displaying effects: Sharpened Image, Sharpening Soft Proof, Effect Overlay, and Effect Mask. All four are covered in this video, though the last two are only relevant for selective sharpening.