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Nik Software Captured The Complete Guide to Using Nik Software's Photographic Tools

ISBN-10: 111802222X

ISBN-13: 9781118022221

Edition: 2012

Authors: Tony L. Corbell, Joshua A. Haftel, Tony L. Corbell

List price: $47.99
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Designed to save time in the digital workflow, Nik Software's entire suite of products (Dfine 2.0, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Capture NX 2, Sharpener Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro 2.0, VIVEZA 2.0 and their newest software HDR Efex Pro) were conceived with the single goal of helping photographers use products such as Adobe Photoshop easier while offering numerous editing capabilities not found within Photoshop. These powerful and highly successful digital imaging products have been written about extensively in trade magazines and publication's, however, to date no one has taken on the task of compiling techniques into a book on how best to utilize these highly popular products. Nik Creative is a product designed to resemble the way photographers think. The idea is to make sure the readers can apply techniques discussed in the book such as retouching, understanding the importance of light, and exposure, while learning all of the features and functionality of this family of products. The book will appeal to any and all owners of Nik Software products who have been asking for a book on this topic almost since the company's inception.
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

About the Authors
Introduction
About This Book
Why This Book and Why Now
Conventions Used in This Book
Editing Basics
Fundamental Editing Techniques
Evaluating an image before editing
Planning your edits based on the human visual system
Editing Terminology
The Digital Workflow
A Basic Workflow
Use the correct settings
Organize your images
Identify images to edit
Apply any RAW-based adjustments
Apply lens-based enhancements
Crop the image
Apply noise reduction
Do panorama stitching or HDR merging and tone mapping
Retouch dust or other imperfections
Use Viveza 2 to balance light and color
Stylize with Color Efex Pro or Silver Efex Pro
Make a final round of clean-up
For Photoshop only: Save a master version
For Photoshop only: Resize based on output
Sharpen based on output
For Photoshop only: Save your sharpened working file
Print or upload your masterpiece
Creating a Custom Workflow
Noise reduction
Resizing
Cropping
RAW presharpening versus sharpening
Output sharpening
Living in the land of 2 percent versus the real world
Your Personal Workflow
The Nik Software Editing Environment
Differences in Host Applications
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Aperture
Standalone Nik Software plug-ins
Other Host Applications
Which Host Application to Use?
Standardized user interface
Left pane
Top toolbar
Right pane
Bottom toolbar
Image area
Batch Processing in Photoshop
UPoint
U Point Technology Explained
How U Point Technology Works
Using Anchor Control Points
The Different Uses of U Point Technology
What Is Noise?
Dfine 2.0
How Dfine 2.0 Works
Step 1: Measuring Noise
Step 2: Reducing Noise
Reducing noise globally and selectively with control points
Reducing noise globally and selectively with color ranges
Using the Advanced Noise Reduction tools
Using the Modes Popup Menu to Review the Noise and Selection Masks
When to Use Dfine 2.0 to Reduce Noise85
Viveza 2
The Viveza 2 Interface
Adding control points
Grouping and ungrouping
Global and selective indicators
Expand and Collapse buttons
Enhancement sliders
Color picker and Eyedropper tool
Control Point List
Levels and Curves control
Applying Viveza 2 to Your Photographs
Working with landscape images
Working with portrait images103
HDR Efex Pro 3.0
HDR Imaging Explained
The two stages of HDR image processing
How to Capture and Process the Image Series for Best Results
Reducing motion
Optimal camera settings
Processing a series of images
Working with HDR Efex Pro
Merging with HDR Efex Pro
Alignment and ghost-reduction settings
Tone mapping with HDR Efex Pro
HDR panoramas
Setting up to shoot an HDR panorama
Creating the panoramas
Create the HDR panorama
Color Efex Pro 4
Working with the Filter List and Presets141
Basic Controls144
Taking Advantage of Recipes149
Th e Powerful History Browser151
Example Images and Enhancements152
Example 1: A portrait photo
ample 2: A landscape photo
Example 3: An architectural photo
Silver Efex Pro 2
Creating Amazing Black-and-White Images
Working with Silver Efex Pro 2
Starting with presets
Brightness controls
Contrast controls
Structure controls
Selective Adjustments Section
Color filters
Film types
Finishing Adjustments Section
Loupe & Histogram Section
History Browser
Image Workflows
A portrait image
A portrait image
A landscape image
Sharpener Pro 3.0
Th e Importance of Sharpening Digital Images
Detail loss during capture
Detail loss during image processing
Detail loss during output
Removing the Guesswork from a Complicated Task
How Sharpener Pro 3.0 Works
Applying Sharpener Pro to Your Images
RAW Presharpening
Output-based sharpening
Creative sharpening
Important Controls in the Settings
Default Control Point Settings
Image Size sliders
Portraits Start to Finish
Example 1: Candace
What we did in Viveza 2
What we did in Color Efex Pro 4
What we did in Sharpener Pro 3.0
Example 2: Lori
What we did in Viveza 2
What we did in Color Efex Pro 4
What we did in Sharpener Pro 3.0
Landscapes Start to Finish
Example 1: Trees of Peterhof
What we did in Dfi ne 2.0
What we did in Silver Efex Pro 2
What we did in Sharpener Pro 3.0
Example 2: Cliff Jump
What we did in Dfine 2.0
What we did in Viveza 2
What we did in Color Efex Pro 4
Example 3: Black-and-White HDR
What we did in HDR Efex Pro
What we did in Silver Efex Pro 2
The Rise of Digital Photography and the History of Nik
The Rise of Digital Photography
The History of Nik Software
Index