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JazzDoc Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Mar 2006Mon 05-Sep-11 06:12 PM
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"using NIK plug-ins with NX2"


Rochester, US
          

Some time ago I recall an interesting article by Jason Odell on using NIK software with NX2, particularly the Lightroom versions that effectively act not as true plugins, but as pseudo-independent applications. I have not acted on that and simply wish to know if others have done this and if all works nicely using a tiff file intermediary, much like using PS from NX2. I am particularly interested in silver-efex, HDR Efex Pro, and perhaps another. I already have color Efex for NX2. Any experience to share out there? In particular, I run under Windows 7 64-bit professional.
Thanks in advance.
Gary

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 12:13 AM
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#1. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Tacoma, US
          

I've used it with Silver Efex, Sharpener Pro and Dfine, and it works fine. Just attach one or the other to the CNX2 "Open with" command by editing the Open with Application in the General preferences.

If you want to have the option of selecting an app to open TIFFs with on the fly, there is a nifty little app called "Edit List by DWD" that will allow you to specify up to 10 apps that you can choose from when you "Open with" in CNX. It creates the TIFF and opens the app. Do a search here, and it should pop-up.

Lastly, if you use Photo Mechanic, you can ad these programs to the list of optional editors and open either TIF's or JPG in the Nik app of your choice.

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JazzDoc Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Mar 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 01:09 AM
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#2. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Rochester, US
          

Thanks for the encouragement and affirmation, Mick. Greatly appreciated. I tend to rely primarily upon NX2 and Photo Mechanic for my basic workflow, so I will take your recommendations into action.
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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Tue 06-Sep-11 11:28 AM
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#3. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Atlanta, US
          

And of course Color Efex Pro is available for Capture NX2 and works as an adjustment - meaning you use it within Capture and can selectively apply those adjustments.


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mburke Registered since 29th Dec 2004Tue 06-Sep-11 12:47 PM
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#4. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Rhinelander, US
          

I use Silver Efex Pro and HDR Efex the same way Mick recommended by saving a Nef as a tiff or jpg with PhotoMechanic then right clicking and open with. The only thing you have to be careful with is that when you close the Nik program it will overwrite the jpg or tiff. It's not a big deal but be aware of it.

By the way - they are both great programs and lots of fun to use. I also use Color efex from within NX2. That is really nice.

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 01:33 PM
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#7. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Savannah, US
          

Mick,

Just so I'm clear on your response, do you use the LR or PS versions? Thanks.

Rich

  

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 02:24 PM
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#9. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Tacoma, US
          

I bought the LR version, but it seems the updates since have installed for both. Go figure.

I use the Nik apps as "standalones", which is the LR version.

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Wed 07-Sep-11 03:44 PM
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#10. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Savannah, US
          

Mick,

Thanks for the additional info. I may spring for these too.

Rich

  

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chuckcars Registered since 22nd Mar 2010Wed 07-Sep-11 07:37 PM
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#11. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Montrose, US
          

A second to Mick's post. I am a fan of all Nik products, Define works very well. NX2 unsharp mask is terrific. You have to watch oversharpening. My DAM app is Aperture, launch to NX2 with one click. Tweak with Nik.

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davidd1833 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Feb 2006Sun 18-Sep-11 05:37 AM
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#12. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Sydney, AU
          

Hi

here is a link to the EditList program, mentioned above.

http://www.nikonians.org/dcfp/user_files/191195.zip

Hope it helps.

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JazzDoc Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Mar 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 12:53 PM
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#5. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Rochester, US
          

Thanks to all.
Now for a followup. Has anyone compared the NX2 noise and sharpening tools with the Nik stand-along fancy verions--Sharpener and Dfine? I'm guessing the same engine but less fluff and fewer fancier doodads, no?

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walkerr Administrator Awarded for his con tributed articles published at the Resources Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in multiple areas Nikonian since 05th May 2002Tue 06-Sep-11 01:02 PM
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#6. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Colorado Springs, US
          

Different engines with more sophistication in the plug-ins. Keep in mind that NX2 is a Nikon product with only some functions coming from Nik.

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 06-Sep-11 02:21 PM
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#8. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Tue 06-Sep-11 02:26 PM by mklass

Tacoma, US
          

I have never been very pleased with CNX2 noise reduction results. It's sharpening tools are OK.

When I need noise reduction, I rely on Dfine or Noiseware standalone version.

Sharpener Pro provides a whole new level of sophisticated sharpening tools. I don't use it much, but when I do I am amazed at the results.

Silver Efex Pro is certainly far more powerful than anything in CNX2, even with the Color Efex plug-in. I use that more than any of the other Nik Products.

I sure would like it if all of the Nik products were offered as plug-ins for CNX.

Mick
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TerryMc Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Oct 2008Tue 20-Sep-11 09:22 PM
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#13. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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Sagamore Hills, US
          

>I sure would like it if all of the Nik products were offered
>as plug-ins for CNX.
>
>Mick
>www.mickklassphoto.com

Amen to that.

Terence

  

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Wed 21-Sep-11 03:06 PM
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#14. "RE: using NIK plug-ins with NX2"
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It's a pain when a manufacturer produces a product under it's own name, but it's functionality is dependant on anothers 3rd party software. I sometimes have trouble remembering which software allows me access to which plug in. I mostly use Capture NX2 or Lightroom 3 in preference to CS5 as I find them more intuitive and like to keep my post processing to a minimum. I also have OnOne's Perfect resize which of course works "stand alone" or via the CS5 "Automate" dialog box. I also use the Colour Ffex plug in for NX3. But with Efex Silver have to use CS5. It really annoys me having to switch to another processing software rather than having a one stop shop. Nikon, if you are looking please take note

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