After having been asked in a previous blog if I were familiar with Nik Sliver Efex Pro, did I use it and my related opinion I decided on checking it out – part of the incentive is it’s basically freeware now and downloads as part of collection of useful plugins.
Never used it before and somewhat surprised – the U points are handy and there’s some options which you won’t find in LR or PS.
What may set it apart if that’s the correct word is the way it renders – kind of like lenses, the way they handle color for instance – an example would the reputation Zeiss has earned for colors that pop, the Zeiss look.
The downside is Google has orphaned the program – no further development, no updates.
The above represents my first experience with Silver Efex Pro, nothing fancy, invested a minimum amount of time and effort, but will spend more in the next day or two.
My first impression – don’t really have any negatives at this point to address but also know it has some serious competition.
That being said it certainly warrants a place in anyone’s plug in folder.