Though I have checked the box "Create Smart Object" in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, there is no Smart Object Layer created. It must be something in the CS6 settings, but which?
Wat I do: I open CS6, press File>Automate>Merge to HDR Efex Pro 2. Choose multiple images and make sure the Create Object box is clicked. Make my edits in the HDR Efex Pro 2 interface. Then choose OK. What I then get is my image in a Background layer with a lock icon on it. It's a 16-bit RGB TIFF, not a 32-bit Smart Object.
Smart Objects work everywhere else. With Silver Efex Pro for example, from ACR, and I can open images too as Smart Objects.
Any ideas? I am not really a pro in CS6 and use Nikon Capture NX2 as my RAW editor. Any help would be appreciated.
Sun 12-Jul-15 08:05 PM | edited Sun 12-Jul-15 08:09 PM by walkerr
It's working for me with CC 2015, but admittedly I'm using a different version of the Nik Suite. I tried it from both Photoshop and Bridge, and both worked correctly. Can you list the steps you're taking to do this, including describing the file type you're starting with?
Sun 12-Jul-15 09:34 PM | edited Sun 12-Jul-15 09:48 PM by mcapitanio
I am starting with 3 CR2 files (yeah, Canon raws... ) with this following steps:
1. Open Photoshop CC 2015; 2. With the "Selective Tool" I click on "Merge" in "HDR Efex Pro 2" 3. I select the 3 CR2 raw images, flagging the "Create Smart Object" option 4. Then I click on "Create HDR" and finally "OK" to Save
In Photoshop I have a 16 bit TIFF image with a blocked Background Layer, not the Smart Object as expected.
I also tried with Photoshop CC 2014 and with previous releases of Nik (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124).