Hey Folks! My friends at Nik Software have just released the latest version of their incredible Viveza plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. Upgrading to this version couldn’t be simpler and current users should receive an email with a link to upgrade that takes only moments to complete! My hat’s off to the folks at Nik Software.
Viveza installs as a plug-in filter for Lightroom 2 and is accessible from the Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-in within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, and are applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF and not the original RAW file.
Nik Software also said that they plan to make all their popular Photoshop plug-ins including Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro compatible with Lightroom later this year. Good news for those of us using these wonderful plug-ins!
This is exactly what Josh Bradley does in his new book The Official Nik Software Image Enhancement Guide. Throughout the book you’ll find beautiful and inspiring images shot by Josh and enhanced by Nik Software’s five tremendous filters for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements; Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Sharpener Pro 2.0, Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Silver Efex Pro. Josh uses his vast experience in photography to not only teach us about Nik Software’s products but also to inspire us to use these products to improve our own images.
Each chapter covers a different filter in detail with real-world examples demonstrating how to use the product to create stunning visual effects in our own work. Josh explains things in simple, down-to-earth language that will resonate with photographers worldwide, whether professional or amateur. It’s like you’re standing next to Josh and he’s explaining it just as he would to a friend or colleague. It’s this style of writing along with the incredible images included in the book that make it a winner for me.
Another great feature of this book is that it comes with a CD-ROM that includes trial versions of all Nik Software’s products along with the images used in the book. For a photographer, there’s nothing better than learning by doing and Josh’s book makes it easy.