Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Workflow from Photoshop, part of Nik 2018 Software Essential Training.
- [Instructor] If you use Photoshop to optimize your photos, you can also access the plugins that are included in the Nik Collection directly from within Photoshop. I've opened an image here and I'd like to convert this image into a more classic look. Make it look like a really old photo. And so in this case I'm going to use Analog Efex Pro. But the same process applies to basically all of the plugins in the Nik Collection. To get started I'll go to the Filter menu and then choose Nik Collection from that menu and choose the specific application from within the Nik collection that I'd like to use.
So in this case Analog Efex Pro 2. So I'll choose that from the menu and then my image will be processed and opened within Analog Efex Pro 2. I can then choose among the various adjustments. In this case for example choosing what type of look I'd like to apply. Maybe a Wet Plate look for example to give this image a really old look since it's a very old structure that I photographed. And so I could choose a preset for example, apply refinements using the various controls over on the right panel.
And then when I'm finished, because I'm working in Photoshop, I have the option of taking advantage of targeted adjustments through the use of a layer mask. If I simply click Ok then this effect that I've applied, within in this case within Analog Efex Pro, will be applied to my image. I'll have a new image layer with this appearance. But I can take that a step further and have a layer mask added for me automatically. So just to show you what that looks like, I'll go ahead and choose the Brush option.
Again this is essentially the same as clicking Ok but with the additional option of adding a layer mask. So I'll choose Brush in this case and then that new layer will be created with the look that I had applied. And I'll also have a layer mask. The layer mask is the thumbnail to the right of the new image layer that was created with that analog look. But notice that the layer mask is filled with black. If I had clicked the Ok button, the layer mask would not be here at all.
And so I would be seeing the actual image itself the way I had adjusted it using that Wet Plate effect. But since I clicked the Brush button, I get a layer mask filled with black. And in the context of a layer mask, black blocks that image from view. I can now use my Selective Tools. So for example I could get started by choosing to paint and then I can paint the effect into the image. So maybe I want to paint the effect only where this building is visible for example giving it an old look while the rest of the image still looks normal.
I could also fill that layer mask. So I'll go ahead and click Fill. That will fill the layer mask with white so that now I'm seeing the effect for the entirety of the image. I could then choose for example to erase some areas of the effect just by painting with the erase tool in this case which is actually just painting with the brush tool using black. Because again with the layer mask, black blocks and white reveals. And so areas of that layer mask that appear white will reveal the image in this case my analog effect.
And areas that are black will block that effect revealing the underlying image. I'll go ahead and click Fill once again because in this case I really want the full effect for the image. But the point is that we can use the various tools in the Nik Collection as plugins for Photoshop so that we have access to all of the various effects and adjustments that the Nik Collection offers while using Photoshop as the foundation of our work flow. So I'm finished working with this image at least in the context of Analog Efex Pro.
I'll go ahead and click Apply. I could also click Discard if I want to discard those changes to the layer mask. But I do want to apply the effect and so now I have my finished image that I could obviously save at this point. And of course, continue applying additional adjustments within Photoshop.
- Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements workflows
- Working with presets
- Adding multiple filters in Color Efex Pro
- Applying global adjustments in Viveza
- Applying film effects in Silver Efex Pro
- Applying lens distortion in Analog Efex Pro
- Adjusting overall tonality with HDR Efex Pro
- Reducing noise with Dfine
- Applying output sharpening with Sharpener Pro