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Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 25, 2013, 03:26:38 PM »
Heya Gents,

so i just noticed the nik complete package is 129.- $ in total - shall i buy it?

I tried the b&w stuff and really liked it but is the whole bundle worth it?


im not a professional - i just like photography.



nvm, just bought it ;)
« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 03:53:43 PM by M4X »

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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2013, 04:41:05 PM »
as a hobbyist, I will say that I really like the Nik package. I find a lot of the filters sort of kitschy/tacky but I feel like it's worth it for the contrast and tonal filters alone, it does a much better job than what I get from mucking around in the photoshop menus, and I get there much faster. I still use photoshop's curves and sharpening, but Nik is my go-to for doing contrast, color, and tone work on images. currently using Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex (I feel that silver efex gives much better b+w options than the basic b+w converter in Color Efex)

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 04:50:13 PM »
For me yes. I am too time bound to learn PS properly. Note that anything Nik can do PS can as well - but Nik is faster and easily learned.

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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2013, 04:53:45 PM »
Where did you get it for $129?

Where you able to get the full suite thats compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture?

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2013, 04:55:49 PM »
Where did you get it for $129?

Where you able to get the full suite thats compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture?

it is the complete package, downloadable for win and mac and i installed it for lightroom 4 and photoshop cs6!


just enter the "STUCKINCUSTOMS" discount code to go from 145 to about 125$

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 05:16:12 PM »
google bought nik a while back. today google unveiled the re-packaged version of the software. no changes to the software, only re-branded, and now the only purchase option is to buy the programs as a bundle for $150 rather than individually for a bit more than that. the discount coupon mentioned will probably be valid for a short time.

the nik programs are outstanding, in my opinion. 

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2013, 05:28:43 PM »
i got the whole suite before they added the HDR app and it was 600.00 then. now with the added HDR app (which im not overly impressed with) all that software for 150.00 bucks is a tremendous value. Silver Efex and Color Efex alone are worth more than 150.00 for the value they bring to the table.

this was a shock to me when i saw the email in my inbox today. absolutely get this deal!
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2013, 05:28:43 PM »

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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2013, 06:08:16 PM »
I use the NIK package since about 4 month and I think I posted some Points already somewhere else but here we go once more:

The package is good value but be aware:

The sharpener and the noise removal have to be used early in the workflow. Their effect on JPG is almost Zero so you need to use RAW.

If you shoot a lot of Pictures and have a 18+ Megapixel sensor then have storage available. Using Define2 from a Lightroom collection will multiply the size of your collection towards the factor 10.

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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2013, 07:19:16 PM »
I've been wanting to try Nik for awhile (I hear nothing but good things about Silver Efex).  $126 is too good of a deal to pass up.
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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2013, 08:16:42 PM »
Heya Gents,

so i just noticed the nik complete package is 129.- $ in total - shall i buy it?

I tried the b&w stuff and really liked it but is the whole bundle worth it?


im not a professional - i just like photography.



nvm, just bought it ;)

This is a very powerful software and the bundle they are offering now is a lot cheaper than it was before. I've been using this software as a plug-in for Lightroom and PS applications and indeed, it is very powerful and it is more straightforward than using layers in PS.  Cheers!  ;)
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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2013, 08:26:55 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out. Even though I just upgraded my OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite, I decided that at this price, I couldn't pass this up. There is overlap, but this way I can choose the program which is best for what I'm looking for.
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2013, 08:30:45 PM »
I do find them really useful - I've written up various aspects of their use and reviews covering all of them.

At full price I might query their relevance for some, but $149 (or less) is a pretty good deal

One example:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2013, 08:54:50 PM »
I bought Color efex a few months back before the Google thing. They just sent me an email today for a free download of the entire suite. Cool.
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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2013, 09:11:53 PM »
A bit annoying as I just bought the whole Aperture/LR collection in December for about $275.   Although with the free download I was emailed, I suppose I could look at it as getting th PS compatible version as a free upgrade.  Oh well, it still worth it to me at the price I paid.

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Re: Nik Software worth it?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2013, 10:12:06 PM »
Thank you for posting about the Nik sale, M4X! I just saved a bundle.

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