What is the recommended workflow when using the Nik Collection?
The recommended workflow for the Nik Collection is as follows:
- If desired, apply Raw Presharpener using Sharpener Pro 3.
- Apply noise reduction using Dfine 2.
- Control color and light using Viveza 2.
- Apply filter enhancements using Color Efex Pro 4.
- Convert to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.
- Apply output sharpening using Sharpener Pro 3.
Note: Analog Efex Pro 2 can be utilized at any point after Dfine 2. HDR Efex Pro 2 is best used immediately after Dfine 2.
As an OpticsPro/PhotoLab user, my workflow has been;
- Do everything I want/need to do from within OP/PL
- If I decide I need to apply some local adjustments that I cannot achieve using OP/PL (which now occurs much less often - now that we have local adjustments in PL) then I “Export to Application” -> Color Efex Pro 4 … as 16bit TIFF
- Apply local adjustments and filters in CEP4 - and save the result … as high-quality JPG
- Review in PL - check for any noise reduction reqmnts, etc - and export to final image format.
As DxO is able to implement more of the features of the Nik Collection into PhotoLab, I am hoping, eventually, to be able to complete ALL of my image editing from within PL <<=== This is what I see as the “end game”.
I pretty much use this workflow too. However, on your point 3, Nik only seems to save in the original format of the imported image i.e. it overwrites the original file. I then have to review back in PL and the export as a high quality JPG or whatever. Is there any way of saving from Nik to a different format and/or like PL adding a different extension so the original and the Nik mod versions are saved?
Obviously I export from LR via the normal route so I always retain the original NEF in LR and ultimately export from PL to LR to the same location to keep everything in order.
Stupidly I hae just found the 'Save as ’ under File! Why didn’t i look more carefully - I was looking for a drop down.
Please disregard my comment.
it is possible to delete them.
Take a look behind the three points