U-point, NIK and RAW

In one of the advert emails it is mentioned that thanks to U-point you can make local adjustments directly to the RAW file. However, what has that got to do with NIK? I could not find any way to combine U-point with some NIK plugin?

Hello picman,

Nik developed the U-point technology and it is part of every Nik-plugin/standalone. When DXO bought NIK they also got the U-point technology. U-point was integrated into DPL and can be accessed via Local Adjustments. There are many videos about the different Nik plugins on youtube and on the DXO academy website and they all explain in great detail how it works

Thanks Sigi, that is more or less what I figured, thanks for explaining and confirming.

Just to be sure that I got it right. In the advert for NIK 2 collection it was mentioned as one of the “new” features that the U-point technology could be used directly on the RAW file. If that was indeed new then does it mean that if you do not upgrade to NIK 2 you can not work directly on the RAW file? So in spite of the fact that U-point is incorporated in PhotoLab, in order to make use of the enhanced feature you have to get NIK 2. Sorry for the confusion!

The confusion is about the fact that DxO gives a Photolab Essential version for free when you buy Nikcollectionsv2. This give’s a standalone NIKcollection buyer a form of RAW editing possibility.
So the RAWfile is adjustable in Photolab only and needs to exported to NIKCollection v2. Which only can read and edit Jpegs and TIFF’s. (16bit)

NIK google . NIKv1 by DxO and NIKv2 by DxO are not RAW capable editers.

Hi Picman,

In NIK, the U-points are called control points. And Yes, in NIK you can’t edit the RAW, but when you buy NIK, you get PL2 bundled.


Color Efex Pro:

The Upoint works like a smart mask. As show in the images, It automatically selects a part of the image. In the samples, I showed the masked area. The image is full color:

You also can make negative control points to deselect a area. That way, it’s quite easy to selected a part of the image, without selecting with a brush and painstaking selecting.

Thanks all for the helpful replies!!