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08/23/2022 11:12:56 AM · #1
Just noticed that Nik is up to 5, is it worth the upgrade? I've been on 4 quite awhile and I do love my Color efex and Silver Efex
08/23/2022 11:40:36 AM · #2
I am also still on 4 and quite fond of Color Efex and Silver Efex. I would welcome any reviews of 5.
08/23/2022 12:23:07 PM · #3
I'm still using the version that Google gave away a few years ago.
08/23/2022 12:58:31 PM · #4
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I'm still using the version that Google gave away a few years ago.

I was, but ran into conflicts with that on a newer version (64-bit) of PSP (2022). :-/
08/23/2022 03:50:55 PM · #5
Originally posted by vawendy:

Just noticed that Nik is up to 5, is it worth the upgrade? I've been on 4 quite awhile and I do love my Color efex and Silver Efex


I use those in conjunction with Luminar AI- have you tried that?
08/23/2022 04:22:42 PM · #6
Originally posted by blindjustice:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Just noticed that Nik is up to 5, is it worth the upgrade? I've been on 4 quite awhile and I do love my Color efex and Silver Efex


I use those in conjunction with Luminar AI- have you tried that?


I have it, I donít do much with it, just an occasional sky replacement for work
08/23/2022 04:38:50 PM · #7
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I'm still using the version that Google gave away a few years ago.

I was, but ran into conflicts with that on a newer version (64-bit) of PSP (2022). :-/

I'm still using the 2018 version. That sounds like a good reason to stay with it. Haven't felt any pressing need to upgrade, though Corel sends me emails about it every day. I have switched to using Luminar 4 for my RAW conversion. With several brands of cameras and a drone, I wanted one application that could handle all of them, but didn't want to do the Adobe thing. I tried Corel's Aftershot Pro but it choked on the DNG's from the drone.
08/23/2022 04:40:55 PM · #8
Originally posted by blindjustice:

I use those in conjunction with Luminar AI- have you tried that?

I skipped AI but got and early deal on Neo. Disappointing, but maybe it will eventually get where it needs to be. I think they are based in Ukraine, which explains a lot right now. Staying with Luminar 4 for right now and it does what I need.
08/23/2022 07:16:22 PM · #9
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I'm still using the version that Google gave away a few years ago.

I was, but ran into conflicts with that on a newer version (64-bit) of PSP (2022). :-/

I'm still using the 2018 version. That sounds like a good reason to stay with it. Haven't felt any pressing need to upgrade, though Corel sends me emails about it every day. I have switched to using Luminar 4 for my RAW conversion. With several brands of cameras and a drone, I wanted one application that could handle all of them, but didn't want to do the Adobe thing. I tried Corel's Aftershot Pro but it choked on the DNG's from the drone.

I updated mostly for some of the newer features, like AI for example. I've also picked up Topaz Studio and the AI plugins that come with it so I'm not missing the Nik items quite so much (still have the full Topaz suite also). I'm actually getting ready to pick up the newest PSP version because I'd really like to have the focus stacking feature they added (finally!).
08/23/2022 11:59:05 PM · #10
The AI modules are terrific if you need/want to use them. The upgrades to Color Efex and Silver Efex aren't substantial enough to justify upgrading in and of themselves. But the Denoise AI is world-class...
08/24/2022 01:01:37 AM · #11
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

The AI modules are terrific if you need/want to use them. The upgrades to Color Efex and Silver Efex aren't substantial enough to justify upgrading in and of themselves. But the Denoise AI is world-class...


Nik has a Denoise? Or are you talking about Topaz, which is a brilliant denoise
08/24/2022 10:10:40 AM · #12
Originally posted by tanguera:


Nik has a Denoise? Or are you talking about Topaz, which is a brilliant denoise


Dfine is the noise reduction component. Even the older one I use works well. Once in a while I throw a photo at it which it cant handle and no noise removal is done during it's processing. Haven't figured that out but it seems to be image specific.
08/24/2022 10:32:28 AM · #13
Originally posted by vawendy:

Just noticed that Nik is up to 5, is it worth the upgrade? I've been on 4 quite awhile and I do love my Color efex and Silver Efex


Glad to see this post. Been a big Nik fan since they worked out of a garage in San Diego.
This upgrade cycle I am waiting for everyone else to suffer thru the bugs and such. Last too upgrades I was way too early and had troubles. If CEP and SEP are not much changed then I wait. Thanks Bear.
08/24/2022 10:39:54 AM · #14
Originally posted by tanguera:

Nik has a Denoise? Or are you talking about Topaz, which is a brilliant denoise

You're right. Nik has Dfine, which is good, but Topaz Benoise AI is the brilliant one.
08/24/2022 05:06:26 PM · #15
Just wondering, is an upgarde related to an engarde?

No?

I coulda sword it was...
08/24/2022 05:20:26 PM · #16
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by blindjustice:

Originally posted by vawendy:

Just noticed that Nik is up to 5, is it worth the upgrade? I've been on 4 quite awhile and I do love my Color efex and Silver Efex


I use those in conjunction with Luminar AI- have you tried that?


I have it, I donít do much with it, just an occasional sky replacement for work


The sky replacement blew me away, but yes, ColorFX and silverFX pro are more useful.
08/24/2022 05:57:34 PM · #17
Originally posted by kirbic:

Just wondering, is an upgarde related to an engarde?

No?

I coulda sword it was...

You're hallucinating :-) (Either that or I fixed the thread title)
08/24/2022 06:29:52 PM · #18
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Just wondering, is an upgarde related to an engarde?

No?

I coulda sword it was...

You're hallucinating :-) (Either that or I fixed the thread title)


You CAD!

<drops glove>
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