Using Nik plugins with Lightroom
I have a question on using Nik plugins in the Lightroom flow.. As far as I can understand, when you open one of the Nik plugins, LR will first create a tiff file, and then let the plugin do its thing..
Assuming that is true, if I wanted to use several plugins on one image, for example use viveza first, then color efex pro second.. will that result in 2 tiff files being created, or will the color efex also process on the first tiff?
Giving the substantial difference in price between the two complete bundles ($600 for the complete and $300 for the LR bundle), I am trying to see how the plugins can work in my LR flow as painlessly as possible without having too much file cleanup.
Anyone have any ideas, or advice? Thanks.
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#1. "RE: Using Nik plugins with Lightroom" | In response to Reply # 0Bronte Nikonian since 26th Aug 2006Wed 25-Nov-09 08:57 PM
You are right, that in theory the LR plug-in is really designed for working with one element of the Nik package, based on the TIFF created by LR.
However, you can apply successive plug-in treatments to that original TIFF created by LR. You simply select the edited TIFF which appears in LR after you have used your first plug-in. Then select edit-in and the second plug-in you want to use.
However, this time instead of choosing the first option of generating a further TIFF with LR adjustments to work on, choose to modify the original image instead. This will open the TIFF file you have already worked on within the second plug-in you want to apply.
Then when you choose to save in the plug-in, the TIFF will be updated within LR. I believe that you can carry on doing this as many times as you like, and you will avoid generating a confusing array of multiple versions.
What you lose working in this way out of LR is the ability to apply multiple Nik effects in layer stacks - either ordinary adjustment layers or smart ones.
So if you only apply one or two NIK effects at a time (Define, for example) you could manage with the LR plug-ins. However, if you want to use the whole suite, you are much better off working through the Photoshop versions.
Hope this helps..!
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#2. "RE: Using Nik plugins with Lightroom" | In response to Reply # 1smb_ohio Registered since 18th Mar 2006Thu 26-Nov-09 10:09 AM
Excellent description of the workflow options, Bronte.
For me, the huge difference in price outweighs the disadvantage of not being able to work in layers. I prefer to use LR to its best advantage, anyway, which is a simplified workflow that provides excellent photographic contol without layers. I find that the NiK plugins fit very well into that overall scheme. I find that I usually don't need to use more than one or two of the NiK plug-ins on a single image.
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