A good image begins with a solid foundation, built with an interesting composition and good content, but one of the dirty secrets in photography is that post-processing can be every bit as important. When I clicked the button to purchase my very first Nik plugin, Color Efex Pro, I didn’t realize the world I was opening up. That first plugin, which I used to warm up a portrait had a huge impact on my final image. This powerful, yet simple approach to image manipulation opened my eyes to all the creative possibilities that I thought were reserved only for the very best Photoshop experts. I quickly added the rest of these unique and powerful plugins to my workflow.
It’s these possibilities that I’m so very excited to share with you in my new book, Plug In with Nik: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Dynamic Images with Nik Software. When I began writing this book, I imagined the reader would be someone who is relatively new to Nik Software or possibly a current owner who never felt like they harnessed all of the potential. The book was written to provide a solid reference for each plugin and its interface while giving some insight with some of my favorite techniques that I’ve developed. You don’t need to own the entire software suite to benefit from the book, so feel free to jump around to chapters that interest you the most and I think you will agree there is power with the simplicity of these tools, whether you’re using Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture with the plugins.
In this new book I cover:
Dfine Best practices for applying noise reductions. How to manipulate noise reduction in a particular color.
Viveza 2 Processing a color image using U-point technology. Register your book and you can download some of the images to process along side me.
Color Efex Pro 4 Hands down one of my favorite plugins! We’ll explore some of my favorite effects and learn how to create your very own recipes. I’ll even include a few of my own to download.
Silver Efex Pro 2 Black and white at it’s best. If you love black and white then this is the chapter for you. I’ll cover the interface at length and show you first hand how I process images.
HDR Efex Pro 2 Nik has totally rewritten HDR Efex Pro creating what I consider to be the best HDR software on the market. I’ll cover how to use the software with a single image or truly harness the power of the dynamic range by merging several properly spaced exposures.
Sharpening Pro 3 Get an edge on your competition by learning how to properly sharpen your image for output for print or screen display.
Nik Software’s plugins are simply the best in class because they provide the key to unlocking your creative potential. Processing shouldn’t be hard work; getting a good image is hard enough! There’s a lot of good content online but it’s my hope that this book will help to consolidate those answers and serve as solid reference for the Nik Suite into the foreseeable future.
BONUS: Don’t forget to register your book after purchase on Peachpit's website to receive practice images as well as a handful of free presets I created. I hope you enjoy the book and it helps you tap into your creative genius.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.
Very best, John