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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

Comparing Nik Software’s Color Efex 3.0 Complete Filters

As I’ve mentioned on this blog, I’ve recently purchased Nik Software’s complete bundle of products. One of my favorite Nik programs is Color Efex 3.0 Complete. I’ve been playing around with the different filters and decided to get a little more organized with my approach and write a post about the different filters and how they affect a photo.

So, below you will find a photo that I’ve run through several of the Color Efex filters.  The only other process that I ran was Nik Software’s noise program, Dfine 2.0.  I made no other adjustments in Lightroom (other than a little output sharpening on export).  The filters that I chose to include here are ones that give a more realistic look;  Color Efex 3.0 has many other filters (I think it’s 52 total), but some of them are less realistic and more artistic.  In a later post, I’m hoping to take a look at those filters as well as some of the Topaz Labs software products.

For each of these filters, I just used the default settings.  One of the powerful features of Color Efex 3.0 is the almost infinite about of changes you can make in a filter with sliders and buttons.  So, you can tweak any photo to get just about any look you’re striving to attain.

This photo was taken at Steep Rock Reservation located near Washington Depot, Connecticut.  Hover your mouse over each photo to see which filter was used.  Also, by clicking on one of the photos, a larger photo will pop up and you can then scroll through all the photos.

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