Best BW plugin ? Nik v Topaz
Having been a Topaz user for some time , and loving their BW Effects 2,I just added the Nik suite free download ( I had Cfx3 in NX2)
The Topaz software mirrors many of the features in Silver Efex, but adds to it with really useful tools such as Adaptive Exposure.
Well worth a look, and still being developed, unlike the Google/Nik stuff, I think. Selling off cheap doesn't suggest a continuing commitment .
Topaz DeNoise also compares well, & I find the other Topaz software very useful.
I do like the Nik HDR, and may use it more than Photomatix-controls sem more intuitive.
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#1. "RE: Best BW plugin ? Nik v Topaz" | In response to Reply # 0Luke_Miller Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006Tue 30-Jul-13 04:22 PM
I use Topaz Clarity, Adjust, and Detail. I think they are excellent products. I compared a trial of Topaz BW Effects to my copy of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I found the capabilities were pretty similar. I do like the Topaz Adaptive Exposure (it is in Adjust as well) but found I could get similar results using the Silver Efex Dynamic Brightness, Soft Contrast, and Structure tools. I prefer the Nik Control Points to the Topaz local adjustment brushes. But I like the Topaz color adjustment tools better. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
#2. "RE: Best BW plugin ? Nik v Topaz" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 30-Jul-13 05:36 PM | edited Tue 30-Jul-13 05:41 PM by mklass
I have not used Topaz, but I have had very good results with SilverEfex. There are lots of options to get just the look that you want.
You also might take a look at OnOne Perfect B&W. This is relatively new, but is at least as good as SilverEfex. I've just started playing around with it, and it has some nice presets.
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