I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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Color Efex Pro 4

As long as my skills in Photoshop are limited to opening/closing the program, I need other options to edit and post-process my photos. This is where the Nik Software bundle comes in - it is versatile, easy to learn and solves almost everything for me. That is, until today I've only been able to add frames to the b/w conversions made in Silver Efex Pro 2. The Color Efex Pro 3 doesn't have this filter, so my color captures have been borderless so far. A bit annoying, in fact, and the feature I missed the most. Sometimes a frame is just what I need. But not anymore, because now Color Efex Pro 4 is launched, and there are frames included! Many other new features are included, too, such as filter combinations and the possibility to make your own presets or import someone else's. Of course I upgraded right away - these are great and very useful improvements.

I use the Nik Software bundle as plugins to Aperture, but they work equally well with Lightroom. They are available for Photoshop too, but if you are on a limited budget, or simply don't have the time or need for a full version of Photoshop, then this is for you. 

The photo: An angle at a building in Oslo in evening light, processed in Color Efex Pro 4