I have watched Leanne Cole blog about her experimenting with Nik Color Efex and Silver Efex software with great interest. These two software programs have a good reputation in several of the forums I follow and I have seen work done with them that was excellent.
My biggest issue is the price – the bundle is excellent value but at $299 US its expensive – closer to $400 for me depending on the exchange rate.
I was lucky enough to attend a Post Processing Workshop run by the fabulous Trey Ratcliff last week and I was very interested to see how he used the software, I got many good ideas that made me think I was going to have to make the purchase. However there is a contender against Nik, and it is On One. Their range is not as extensive as Nik and the pricing reflects that.
I finally got around to downloading the demos of each option and here are some test images I have made with Color Efex and Perfect Effects – would LOVE some feedback on which one you like and don’t like and why.
Above is the original edited in LR4 (which I felt was a little flat and needed some POP!) then the same image edited in Nik Color Efex and OnOne Perfect Effects.
Do you see any difference?
Which one do you prefer? Why?
Anything you don’t like?
I would really appreciate feedback as this is a big decision for me, both financially and also a commitment to using the software I purchase. I want to make the right choice 🙂