It maybe possible to run the other Nik products through the 'Open with..." option, but you will be editing a Tiff (the NEF cooked with the camera settings and edited changes), so you can not go back and edit the NEF with any changes made with the Nik software.
Hi Kevin, When I received my Color Efex Pro 3 Complete Edition for CNX2 it was advertised as having 75 filters. I've never counted them. I agree about the way it seamlessly integrates with NX2. My Color Efex Pro 3 Complete Edition for CS5 has 52 filters. I actually like the integration of the filters with CNX2 better than with CS5. Jim
I counted them, or at least I did when you said you had 75. I thought I was missing out
I also use Photoshop with various plug ins, and nothing comes close to the way Color Efex works within NX2 it just becomes a part of it. It's not like a plug in at all.
If Nikon and NIK software got their heads together and allowed for all NIK plug ins to integrate with NX3 say , that would work for me. That and sorting the memory management issues, and perhaps a little bit more pixel editing (just want a workable clone tool and watermarking). Not a lot to ask
Kevin, I agree with you completely and I stand corrected in that I also counted the Filters in my copy of Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition for Capture NX2 and was confused as I remembered 75 filters.
I then pulled my earlier receipt for Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 for Capture NX Complete Edition and saw that the older Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 showed "With 75 traditional and stylistic photographic filters".
I then went into my Users Guide for Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Capture NX2 and read it for the "first time". They evidently consolidated some filters and the following are the amount of the "effects" of some but not all of the Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Filters for CNX2:
Hi Erika, I usually don't comment on most forums but even though I've had different versions of the Color Efex Pro over the years I actually learned a lot more today from the Owner's Guide after reading it for the first time.
In answer to your question the first Filters that I started to use were the Midnight Filters followed up by Glamour Glow and then I experimented with others. Now that I started to read the owner's manual I'm looking forward to use others quite a bit more. What you might want to do is to go to the Nik Website where they have tutorials in the form of video movies. You can also save them to your computer for future viewing. Good luck,
Reading the Owner's Guide for Color Efex Pro I came across something that has been discussed in the past plus info relating to upgrading older nef files that were processed with Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0:
Capture NX 2 is a fully non-destructive image editing application, ensuring the maximum level of flexibility when working with enhancements. Color Efex Pro filters take advantage of this nondestructive functionality, ensuring that the image is always processed with the highest quality as well as ensuring that the enhancements can always be removed or adjusted, even after the image is saved and closed.
The Color Efex Pro 3.0 NEF Update Tool is used to convert the Color Efex Pro 2.0 filters applied within the NEF file into the corresponding Color Efex Pro 3.0 filters with equivalent filter settings.
Opening an NEF file that contained a Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 for Capture NX filter when Color Efex Pro 3.0 for Capture NX 2 is installed, the image is processed and displayed with the exact same enhancement and quality, using the same filter algorithms. The filter however cannot be adjusted and can only be turned on and off, or deleted. You have to use the Color Efex Pro NEF Update Tool first.
The above makes me wonder what I missed by not fully reading Owner's Manuals/Guides to many things in the past!!