SilverEfexPro 2 – Initial Review

I have been using SilverEfexPro now for some time and have been very impressed by it’s capabilities and performance so when Nik Software announced they were releasing SilverEfexPro 2 I was on their pre-order waiting list immediately. It was released just a few days ago and I have done some initial tests of the new features which are summarised below:
  1. Intuitive History Browser
  2. Structure and Fine Structure
  3. Soft Contrast
  4. GPU Processing
  5. Dynamic Brightness
  6. Natural Image Borders
  7. Specially Developed Algorithms
  8. Amplify Black and Whites
  9. Selective Colour
The above image, which is another early morning photo taken at Putrajaya, was really a quick test image where I tried out some of the new features including the very useful selective colour feature. I was pleased with the added control on tonality and structure and the border feature is a welcome addition for finishing your print. The interface seems a little quicker, probably due to the multi-threaded, 64 bit GPU processing. Check out all of SilverEfexPro 2 features here and you can always download a trial version for 15 days to test it out. It probably ranks as one of the best if not the best black & white processing software and one which is firmly embedded in my workflow. I use it as a plugin to Aperture so it really is very easy to export to the application and then save the finished black & white image without leaving Aperture.
For comparison the original image is below.

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