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Image Editing Part 14 Image Credit: Smart Photography
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Image Editing - Part 14

Black & White, using Silver Efex Pro 2

Rohinton Mehta

Black & White photography has a charm of its own. While some people prefer to photograph in colour, others feel that black & white is very romantic. This write-up is not meant to convince you towards B&W; if you prefer colour, then you prefer colour! That’s it! B&W is a creative choice and only you can decide what you like. This write-up shows you one possible way to convert your colour images to black & white.

We have talked about B&W in our earlier issues. Part 14 is dedicated to using a free and very easy-to-use software called Silver Efex Pro 2. The software is from Nik Software, now owned by DXO (earlier owned by Google). Please keep in mind that this is not a review of the software; it provides a general view of how to use the software. You can use the app through Filter in Photoshop.

Step one is to download the software from You will not be able to download only the Silver Efex Pro 2 software; you will have to download the entire collection that includes Analog Efex Pro 2, Color Efex pro 4, Dfine 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Sharpner Pro 3 (Raw Presharpner and Output Sharpener), Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2. This shouldn’t matter as the total package size is approximately 429MB and it is free!


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