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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111802222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118022221
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′Good enough to be considered essential, even if you only own one of the tools covered. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, Febuary 2012)

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Learn to get the most from Nik Software′s photographic tools

From noise reduction and image sharpening to the versatile digital filters in Color Efex Pro to the incredible U Point technology, Nik Software photographic tools are truly in a class of their own. Explore them all with renowned photographer and instructor Tony Corbell and Nik Software′s Senior Product Manager Josh Haftel. In–depth instruction on using the software, behind–the–scenes looks into the products, and recommended digital workflow steps show you exactly when and how to use these powerful tools, so you can make the most of every image.

  • Incorporate techniques to optimize your digital workflow

  • Control how much and where to apply noise reduction in images

  • Convert photos into striking black–and–white images

  • Use HDR techniques to enhance and create images with a wider range of colors and tonality

  • Experiment with Color Efex Pro 4.0 filters and effects to enhance photographs

  • Learn to globally or selectively control light and color in photos

Covers Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 4.0, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Sharpener Pro 3.0


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Silver Surfer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2012
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The issue with a book such as this is that the software packages to which it relates are occasionally updated and new features are added and methods changed. Were this otherwise true, there would be no need for the two-year cycle of new releases of books for Photoshop and for many other popular software products. When an update is released, and there has been one major update only very recently, the relevant portion of the book loses some of its relevance.

As one who has used most of Nik's products at some time or another, and they all perform their jobs quite well and provide tools otherwise missing from Photoshop or make that task simpler, it will soon become obvious to a new user that most of them share a similar approach and interface. Once you have a familiarity with its products, there is little need to explain them ad infinitum whenever the topic of discussion is changed - once will suffice. The company provide fairly extensive User Guides for each of its products which are downloadable should the printed version be lost from the boxed versions (unless you purchase via download or if they have since ceased to provide them). These guides often extend to 50 or more pages and cover the use of that plug-in, its various controls and options.

There is very little more in this book beyond that information available from within the various guides. Were you to download them and sum the various page lengths, you will arrive at a number not dramatically dissimilar to those of this book. There may be some additional data within, but it is limited and not that easy to locate or identify.

For those for whom downloading a few PDF files is too complex, are who do not have the skills to locate them, then this book will provide a valuable function. Otherwise, I am less sure.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Noel Greene on 30 Mar. 2012
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I have to say I am disappointed with this book. First off, I think the NIk Software is excellent and I use it most of the time .. I also have OnOne Software but since they changed the formatting I prefer to use NIK most times. I expected a lot more from this book particularly when it comes to explaining the use of the dialogue boxes for each of the Softwares .. I was particularly interested in the Define and Sharpening Software but I think the book falls flat in these 2 Chapters. For instance some of the sample pictures for Noise are unreadable .. Picture 5-2 for example which purports to show Noise, just in my view is very poor .. also the Dialogue Boxes should have been "brightened" up a lot .. It is very very difficult to read the text on these Boxes. On the plus side the technical information on Noise and Sharpening is very good .. but this is not the reason why I bought the book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bernard vV on 3 May 2012
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Very basic explanation of the separate softwares. I do not need to have 5 time the u point technology explained in all the chapters. Probably written in maximum 1 day , read in 30 minutes and thrown in the garbage bin.
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By Jen on 23 Feb. 2015
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Very satisfied with purchase.
Item received in good time, well packed & in good order.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wim Nelis on 3 April 2012
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I ordered the book because I love Nik's photo tools, especially Silver Efex Pro 2.
The book deals with all of their products, chapter by chapter explaining how to adjust and correct an image for that specific software product (like viveza or silver efex pro). At the end of the book, they explain how to correct and adjust an image using several product in the same flow (first do that with this software, then do that with the other software, and so on) and this for several types of pictures like portraits or landscapes.
This book is a bit the missing manual that you don't get when you buy the software.
It will be useful but I had hoped for more tips & tricks.
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Only just o.k…but a long,long way from the best1
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By susan cooper on 19 Jan. 2015
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Great book,wel written,clear with fast postage
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Jones on 10 Mar. 2013
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While the Nik software website offers bags of advice, this great book lets you see the connections between the various software packages. A great reference addition to this great software package so get the digital download as its even better value.
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