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. 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.