Quick "NIK Color" observation

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by fractal, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Spent some time yesterday playing around with my new Nik software.

    I decided to edit a photo I previously edited just in LR.

    Here is the original RAW image...


    Here is how I edited this image only using LR.

    21805435961_ad59c072b8_h. looking up by Chris Dikos, on Flickr

    and here is taking the RAW image, applying a few filters in NIK Color Effects PRO then making a few small adjustments in LR...


    A few observations;

    Using the NIK Color Effects at first was a bit exciting. The various filters are an amazingly easy way to good a quick dynamic look for you files. I had fun playing around and really just scratched the surface.
    The downside I observed was noticeable IQ degrading in the file as you applied filters; especially in the shadows. In the SSE image I could not "settle" for the final result from Color Effects because of color bleeding in the shadows. However, to get rid of the color bleeding I had to settle from some CA in the bottom left trees. I think detail in the shadows also suffered - doesn't look nearly as "clean". I'm anxious to see how the other programs work for me.
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  2. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    The Nik plugins give you the option to mask out (critical) areas with adjustable, negative control points. Their U-Point technology is pretty smart; you can find some good tutes on youtube.

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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    That's a great image! I like the Nik Collection treatment :)
  4. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    I am not wild on the Nik treatment and prefer the LR rendition. Essentially I agree with the op that the filters have deteriorated the image quality.

    1) There is a very large halo around the central ball structure.
    2) If you look carefully you can also see 'small halos' along other fairly high contrast lines in the image

    But I wouldnt blame Nik - this is likely the result of a 'first play' with a new software. The great thing about Nik is that there are plenty of sliders to play with to avoid these problems and of course there is the opacity slider
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  5. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Definitely part "new toy, let's see what she's got" syndrome.
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