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Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4 provides the most comprehensive set of enhancements for color correction, retouching, and creative effects. Quickly stylize your photographs, retouch portraits with ease, and extend your creativity with unmatched control and versatility. Access 55 high quality photographic filters to achieve incredible photographic results.

Photo editing redefined

Color Efex Pro is known for its power and versatility. Years of imaging research and development and feedback from customers worldwide have resulted in a powerful feature set with unmatched control. Perfectly suited for all styles of photography, each filter provides control to satisfy discerning photographers.

Color Efex Pro 4 is unmatched in its versatility with a wide range of filters for color correction, retouching and creative enhancements. For example, digital filters such as Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density replace glass filters for color correction and more, with control after the shot. Portrait retouching is made efficient by using the Dynamic Skin Softener filter for smoothing skin imperfections or Tonal Contrast to bring out details. Creativity comes easy with dozens of stylistic options offered among the 55 filters, the ability to combine filters for a unique look, the History Browser for comparing earlier versions of your images, one-click Visual Presets, and much more.

The power, versatility, and quality of Color Efex Pro 4 offers something for every photographer and will extend your creativity in new directions.

Unlimited creativity

Color Efex Pro 4 is the perfect launch pad for your creativity. Eighteen new and improved filters are part of a new generation of technologies available to provide more ways to explore, create, and achieve your final vision.

Explore
Each filter includes Visual Presets that provide a preview of your image with recommended settings. Browsing them gives you a starting point to find a stylistic direction or specific look for your image. Exploring creative possibilities has never been easier.

Create
Easily combine enhancements to create stunning new looks. Filter Combinations let you stack filters for virtually limitless creativity. Adjustments for each filter provide control over the effects. Save your results as a new Filter Recipe to use for your next image.

Achieve
By exploring all the features and creative power of Color Efex Pro 4 and taking inspiration from Nik's award-winning videos and online training, achieving your photographic vision has never been easier or more enjoyable.

Revolutionary U Point Technology

Simply the most unique and powerful image editing technology available today, U Point powered control points enable you to add or remove filter effects without the need for complicated selections or layer masks. Enhancements are automatically and naturally blended throughout your image for spectacular results. For photographers, one of the most difficult aspects of image enhancement has been the ability to selectively edit areas of an image without affecting other areas. It's often easy to look at an image and determine specific things you want to fix, but frustrating to actually fix them.

Easy adjustments
U Point technology lets you place a control point and select an area of an image with one click and then make enhancements using sliders connected directly to the control point. This technology makes Color Efex Pro 4 the only collection of digital photographic filters where adding or removing an enhancement precisely and selectively is possible.

More than a million users
Debuting in 2006, U Point technology recently passed 1 million users. It is now found in 9 different imaging applications and has forever changed the way photographers edit photos.

8 brand new filters

Based on Nik's latest technologies, these new filters offer even more power, control, and creativity to craft your images.

Contrast, advanced: Color Efex Pro 4 introduces two filters that will quickly find themselves on your list of favorites, Dark Contrasts and Detail Extractor. The Dark Contrasts filter uses a new technique to exaggerate details and textures to create a moody result perfect for a film noire style of photography. The Detail Extractor filter balances light and tonality while accentuating contrast details from every part of your image.

Film, re-imagined: With film emulation resurging, Color Efex 4 delivers three distinct looks for your exploration: The Faded filter of the Film Efex series simulates old, poorly handled prints. The Nostalgic filter creates effects based on imagined film types such as those that might have been captured with a toy camera. The Vintage filter creates a look like those from the earliest types of color films.

Natural image borders: The natural Image Borders in Color Efex Pro 4 blend organic elements with a unique randomizing algorithm to produce beautiful, natural-looking, and scalable borders. Borders can be repeated or randomized, providing enough variation to ensure that your images don't look the same. It's a perfect way to finish your photographs.

10 updated filters: Old favorites, improved

Nik is constantly innovating to ensure that each product leverages their latest research and development and the technology advances of their other products. Out of the 55 total filters in Color Efex Pro 4, ten filters have benefited from significant work by Nik's imaging scientists and engineers.

Each filter below has been updated for more natural photographic results or includes completely new functionality:

Brilliance/Warmth, Contrast Only, Film Efex: Modern; Film Grain, High Key, Low Key, Paper Toner; Pro Contrast; Tonal Contrast; Sunlight

High performance


Color Efex Pro 4 leverages the extensive work that Nik's engineering team has done alongside both Intel® and Nvidia®.

GPU processing and multi-core optimization
Intel and Nvidia have worked closely with Nik Software to ensure Color Efex Pro 4 takes full advantage of the latest processing and GPU platforms. Color Efex Pro 4 is fully multi-threaded and utilizes every core found in your computer system. If your system is based on the Sandybridge chipset, Color Efex Pro 4 will also utilize the AVX instruction set for even faster rendering.

Finally, many of the filters are now rendered on the GPU, freeing up the CPU for other tasks, as well as being able to operate even faster than off of the CPU alone. Together, these improvements mean that Color Efex Pro 4 can process your images even faster than ever before. This makes it possible for you to get more done, or explore more variations of your images, in less time.

Visual presets

Each of the 55 filters in Color Efex Pro 4 has several visual presets that you can use as a starting point for your photographic exploration. The presets are designed to give you a wide range of options to explore and may provide inspiration in areas you might not typically explore.

Single-click editing
Visual presets enable you to quickly enhance your images with just one click. Although you may know exactly what style you want to achieve, the visual presets in Color Efex Pro 4 offer a simple way to begin (or finish) your image quickly and easily.

Filter recipes

While Filter Combinations allow you to mix and match multiple filters together in a single editing session, saving them as Filter Recipes allow you to increase efficiency by re-using your favorite looks on different images or by using the recipe as a new starting point for your next masterpiece.

Color Efex Pro 4 comes pre-loaded with dozens of pre-installed Recipes, categorized so that you can easily find the style you want and apply it with one click. You can also export and share Recipes with others, as well as import new ones as they become available on the Nik Software website.

Filter combinations

Color Efex Pro 4 maximizes your creativity and efficiency with new Filter Combinations that allow you to mix and match multiple filters together in a single editing session.

Easy to use, easy to create
To combine filters, start editing with one filter, then choose another to see the combined enhancement. Stack more filters together, re-order them, or remove any that aren't producing the desired effect. Even adjust the opacity level of each filter to get the effect you want. Filter Combinations are a powerful way to explore new (and sometimes unexpected) styles.

History browser

Explore all of the features in Color Efex Pro 4 with the freedom to try different looks until you get just the one you desire.

Freedom to experiment
Color Efex Pro 4 gives you the ultimate in flexibility to experiment on your images. The History Browser records everything you do in the software, which makes it easy to step backward and review any of the adjustments you've made. You can view the comparison in full-screen, side-by-side, or split views.

Updated, time-saving interface

Color Efex Pro 4 benefits from all the improvements in our recent award-winning products, making the time you spend editing more efficient. Improvements include one-click Visual Presets and Filter Recipes on the left side of the interface, important filter and selective controls placed conveniently on right side, a new zoom navigator, many shortcut keys, additions to the Histogram to show highlight and shadow clipping, plus many more.

Work efficiently, have more fun
Similar to other Nik Software products, a streamlined workflow means fast results, high quality, and endless creative possibilities. The enjoyment of photography often comes from the satisfying results following effortless experimentation. The interface of Color Efex Pro 4 is easy to learn, easy to use, invites exploration, and allows you to share your masterpiece with others.

Smart filters

Color Efex Pro 4 is compatible with Adobe Photoshop's Smart Filter feature that enables you to perform edits after they've been applied, without adding additional layers.

Smart Object compatible
The ability to experiment, have fun, and be creative is essential to the digital darkroom. Color Efex Pro 4 makes it possible to experiment and fine-tune by supporting Photoshop's Smart Objects. Smart Objects preserve an image's original source content, enabling you to perform non-destructive editing to an image layer. With Color Efex Pro 4 working in Adobe Photoshop you can go back and make any adjustment you like, even after applying them.

Multi-image support

Color Efex Pro 4 can enhance multiple images at a time when accessed from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. This enables you to save time and effort when working with a series of images. When more than one image is opened, "Previous" and "Next" buttons appear that allow you to easily enhance multiple images in one session.

Selective tool

Unique among photographic filter software on the market today, the Color Efex Pro 4 Selective Tool allows you to quickly and easily brush any filter effect into your image. Layers and masks are created automatically, so creating and experimenting become uncomplicated.

Freeform creativity
The Selective Tool is ideal for photographers who use Photoshop and want the extra control that painting directly on an image affords. After applying a filter effect in Color Efex Pro 4 and clicking the "Brush" button in the plug-in, the filter becomes accessible using Photoshop's built-in brush tools. Using a mouse or a pressure sensitive Wacom® Pen Tablet, effects can be selectively applied to the image. The unprecedented control enabled by the combination of the Selective Tool and a Wacom Pen Tablet is a favorite among portrait retouch artists! Enjoy the freedom to create, experiment, and improve the quality of your artistic work with the Selective Tool.

Software compatibility

Color Efex Pro 4 integrates seamlessly with Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® and Apple® Aperture® to give you an efficient and streamlined workflow in the leading image software tools you already use.

Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture compatible
With Color Efex Pro 4, you never have to leave your favorite tool to access the powerful controls and capabilities within each filter. Each host application has its nuances, and Color Efex Pro 4 takes advantage of those when they are available.

Photoshop
Millions of photographers have grown up in Photoshop as their primary image editor. Color Efex Pro 4 works seamlessly with Photoshop, including compatibility with the powerful Smart Object functionality.

Lightroom and Aperture
Lightroom and Aperture have become key tools for professional photographers everywhere because of their superior image management capabilities. Augmenting your workflow with the award-winning image enhancement tools from Nik provides the ultimate and complete photographic toolkit.

Advanced education

Nik
puts Photography first® to help you take your digital photography to a new level. Learn about the capabilities of Color Efex Pro 4 with both written and video-based learning tools, including daily online trainings. For over a decade, Nik has been committed to delivering the very best in software and photographic education.

Color Efex Pro 4 includes an interactive help system and videos that thoroughly cover the basics. Extend your learning with daily online trainings and special guest webinars from a wide range of photography experts. The world-renowned Nik Education team is also constantly in the field teaching techniques and sharing insights face-to-face around the world.

New features

The new features of Color Efex Pro 4 utilize a new generation of technologies and have been developed to inspire your creativity and help you work more efficiently. Key new features:

F
ilter combinations. Add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look

Brand new filters. Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural Image Borders, and more

Improved filters. Advancements to imaging algorithms and new controls have improved filters such as Brilliance/Warmth, Tonal Contrast, and more

Visual presets. Each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible to explore creative options quickly

Filter recipes. Customize and share filter combinations with others using recipes

History browser. Compare previous edits and different looks quickly and intuitively

GPU processing and multi-core optimization. Takes full advantage of the processor found on advanced display adapters as well as all of the cores on your CPU

Interface, interaction and workflow. Benefit from interface and interaction improvements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys, and much more