NIK software?

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  1. pbelarge

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    Good Morning - at least morning to the Northeast USA :mrgreen:


    Has or does anyone use any of the NIK products, such as Viveza2?


    I was on their website, and the plugins for PS, LR2 and PSE seem to be pretty good and possibly a lot easier to use than the above products.

    A link to the site - Precise Selective Photo Editing

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    I am learning how to use LR2.6 and PSE8
    It would seem that with these plug-ins, I could almost forego the need for PS??
     
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    Love all of Nik :)
    Often i have to work on specific part of the image, rather then adding a filter in PS and then masking it out at various opacities, viveza helps to do that in less time. Viveza2 just adds more options to original one :)
     
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    When working with Viveza2 in LR2, is the work nondestructive like LR2 changes to the photo?
     
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    As far as I know, it is nondestructive, not sure.
    Also keep in mind that when you open external editors in LR, you have an option to open it as a new file :)
     
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    Use their software all the time, you may also want to check out ONONE products and Topazlabs.
     
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    they are magic!
     
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    Agreed, Topaz stuff is very good.
     
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    I have OnOne Phototools 2 and really like it. It has many nice presets. I haven't used many of Niks stuff.

    OnOne has great customer service too. I recently upgraded to Windows 7 and was having issues with my Phototools 1. After a few attempts on the phone with them troubleshooting, they decided to just give me a free download of the professional version 2, which is normally $250. I got my original version 1 copy free with my purchase of CS4, so I made out pretty good.
     
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    I actually got rid of OnOne b/c it was freezing my PS giving me an error message. However, it was fun when it did work.
     
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    Viveza uses Nik Software's own proprietary Control Point technology, which is also called U-Point Technology, depending on which software application it is found in. Viveza's Control Point technology was first found in Nikon Capture software, and was then later made available as a plug-in for photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, and Lightroom. Viveza is quite simply an **amazing** way to edit images, especially for people who are not Photoshop wizards. I think the plug-in Viveza for Photoshop is easier to use than the integrated version found in Nikon Capture, and the price is very similar.
     
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    Mine still says "Not Responding" on the loading bar when I first start it, but if you wait a second without clicking anything it still loads. I assume its just a glitch. My vid card is ATI and supposedly they have some buggy issues with ATI cards.

    I love the OnOne for the portrait stuff and the quick highlight recovery presets mainly. Easy to get that glamour glow with a few mouse clicks.
     
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    I use Viveza. It is great for speed and fine tuning exposure, colour and contrast in irregular shaped areas that cannot be quickly and easily selected in Photoshop alone.

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