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Topaz Labs review

All the Nik software is good and fun to use. The “fun to use” is perhaps a strange thing to say in a review, but many of you already know that my reviews are often atypical. I tend to be short and sweet in these reviews, just quickly giving my opinions and providing examples of a few of the options that I use. And, frankly, I think editing photos is quite fun, so it’s always nice to have post-processing software that makes me smile.

Another aspect of my reviews is they are chock full of huge screen shots.  I learn by example, and maybe you do too?  This selection of shots should give you a pretty good idea of the range of the software.

Now, there are SEVERAL products in the Nik Software suite. This review will describe four of them. I will spend more time on some than others. Here are the ones I will discuss, in order of the time I will spend on them:

Google Nik’s HDR Efex Pro review

All the Nik software is good and fun to use. The “fun to use” is perhaps a strange thing to say in a review, but many of you already know that my reviews are often atypical. I tend to be short and sweet in these reviews, just quickly giving my opinions and providing examples of a few of the options that I use. And, frankly, I think editing photos is quite fun, so it’s always nice to have post-processing software that makes me smile.

Another aspect of my reviews is they are chock full of huge screen shots.  I learn by example, and maybe you do too?  This selection of shots should give you a pretty good idea of the range of the software.

Now, there are SEVERAL products in the Nik Software suite. This review will describe four of them. I will spend more time on some than others. Here are the ones I will discuss, in order of the time I will spend on them:

OnOne plugins review

I find myself using THIS tool the most. It’s much improved over previous versions, and the interface is pretty and fast.

The whole interface is simple and easy to use. Along the left side are a variety of different filters. Each one expands and collapses. When you expand one of the filter areas, you see a number of different thumbnails. I’ve really become a big fan of looking at thumbnails to decide what I want to do. Now, most of my shots are now bigger 36 megapixel photos, so running any filter (even on a fast computer) can take a while. By a while, I mean about ten seconds. I know I know… ten seconds… big deal… but I guess nowadays we like to see instant results. Anyway, the little thumbnail gives me a really good idea of what the final version will look like, so I end up saving a lot of time.

If you find one you like, you can click the little flag and it goes to your favorites. I recommend this, because otherwise you’ll have trouble remembering if the effect you like was in “Vintage” or “Movie Effects”! I’ve tended to stay in my “Favorites” tab most of the time with occasional forays into the wild for new filters.