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Nik Software releases Color Efex Pro 4.0 processing plugins

By dpreview staff on Sep 8, 2011 at 19:45 GMT

Nik Software has released Color Efex Pro 4, the latest version of its photographic filters plugin. Color Efex Pro 4 includes up to 55 filters and gains the ability to combine filters for the first time, amongst other upgrades. Color Efex is available in 'Complete' or 'Select' editions with 55 or 26 filters respectively, as 32- or 64-bit plugins for Photoshop (CS4 or newer), Lightroom (v2.6 onwards) or Aperture (v2.1.4 or later).

Press Release:

Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 4

Next generation product delivers top requested features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters and much more

Hamburg, September 7, 2011 — Nik Software ( announces today its much-anticipated Color Efex Pro 4, the company's latest version of its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. Recognized for over a decade as the professional's choice in photographic filters, the 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offers a new generation of technologies and features for creating stunning effects. Color Efex Pro 4 introduces stackable filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters such as Detail Extractor, Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. The release also includes a new History Browser, improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability.

"Creating a new generation of features and technologies for Color Efex Pro 4 was inspired by the professionals who use it," said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. "Over 400 professional photographers test and inspire our team through a lively beta group process that ultimately helps us deliver extraordinary products like Color Efex Pro 4."

"The freedom and power to take control of my images is part of the passion I have for photography," said Frank Salas, Master Wedding Photographer and Instructor. "Color Efex Pro 4 fuels that passion with a stunning variety of photographic enhancements and incredible new filters that are perfect for my style of photography—it has really taken my images to new heights!"

The latest evolution of Nik Software's U Point technology in Color Efex Pro 4 provides easy-to-use tools for photographers to fine-tune and stylize their images with precise selective adjustments without complicated selections and layer masks. Filter effects can be added or subtracted from images with incredible precision, using a few clicks of the mouse. Enhancements are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results. Color Efex Pro 4 also takes full advantage of the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) and multi-core processors for responsiveness and fast processing.

Key new features:

  • NEW: Filter Combinations—Add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look
  • NEW: Brand New Filters—Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural Image Borders, and much more
  • NEW: Visual Presets—Each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible to explore creative options quickly
  • NEW: Style Recipes—Customize and share filter combinations with others, using recipes
  • NEW: History Browser— Facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different looks
  • NEW: GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization—GPU Processing takes full advantage of the processors found on advanced display adapters providing even faster performance
  • NEW: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow—Benefit from interface and interaction improvements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys, and much more

To watch videos and join special live online preview sessions, visit

Pricing and Availability

Color Efex Pro 4 will be available directly from Nik Software ( and through resellers in October 2011. A list of Nik Software resellers may be found at

Two versions of the software will be available: The Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition contains 55 filters with a suggested retail price of €199,95, $199.95. The Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition contains 26 filters with a suggested retail price of € 99,95, $99.95. Upgrades to the Complete Edition from any edition of versions 2.0 or 3.0 are € 99,95, $99.95. Customers who purchased Color Efex Pro Complete, Select or a Complete Collection bundle on or after August 7, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade and may find all instructions for accessing their free software at

Color Efex Pro 4 is Windows and Mac compatible and installs as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 or later, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.6 or later, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or later, Apple® Aperture® 2.1.4 or later and is available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish language. For more information about Color Efex Pro 4, including video tutorials, feature lists, and special live online preview sessions, please visit:


Total comments: 20
By tmdowd (Oct 6, 2011)

Wondering - When you are editing in Efex in Lightroom, are you required to edit a TIFF file, or are you working on the RAW? I ask because I don't like creating another file... would rather it be seamless and act and feel like it was a function of Lightroom.

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By dfadel (Sep 28, 2011)

I need to add I am using the Lightroom version

By dfadel (Sep 28, 2011)

I downloaded it - first impression is it is slow and buggy. I have 3.

There are a lot of features I like, but it has to be 3x as slow as V3. Disappointing.

By chicorob (Sep 14, 2011)

Sweet...stackable filters! This was something I really liked with with the Tiffen software. Going back and forth was a pain. Cant wait to order the new version!

By hip2 (Sep 14, 2011)

Again with the wrong dollar/euro conversion rate... :(

Gary Goodenough
By Gary Goodenough (Sep 11, 2011)

Did Nik add an Undo Command in this version?

By arizonadesertrat (Sep 10, 2011)

No support for CNX2???

By trib2b (Sep 11, 2011)

No. Nikon has expressed no interest to date.

By futurvision (Sep 9, 2011)

This is my first plugin and i love it! great creative tool!

By trib2b (Sep 11, 2011)

How can that be - it's not released yet? ;)

By MPA1 (Sep 8, 2011)

Any discount for users of the existing version? Nik are usually good with that.

By Framer (Sep 9, 2011)

If you read the article above completely or go to the NIK website you will find your answer. ;-)

And yes, it's $99 for the update and if you search around you can quite easily find a number of coupon codes to save you another 15%.

By rcamper (Sep 8, 2011)

I have already placed my order. The history and multiple filters were two items I was hoping was in the next release. Some of the new filters look interesting and looking forward to what that did to some of the current filters.

By sean000 (Sep 8, 2011)

I will definitely be upgrading for the ability to combine filters alone.

By bcalkins (Sep 8, 2011)

Being able to do multiple filters should be handy when using the lightroom plugin (without layers)...

By hiro_pro (Sep 8, 2011)

now that NIK figured out how to write a 64 bit program, does that mean we can expect a 64 bit version of Nikon Capture?

By Framer (Sep 8, 2011)

Get with the times. ;-)

NIK released a 64-bit compliant update of Color Efex 3 quite some time ago... (free for registered users I might add)

By xterratop (Sep 8, 2011)

CRAP!!! I just looked at my transaction date and it says August 6th- I missed the cut by a day. I'm so bummed!!!

By dukeblue91 (Sep 8, 2011)

Contact them and explain the may let you do it anyways.

By greg1701 (Sep 10, 2011)

Best software on the planet..

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