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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 13 August 16 12:38 BST (UK) »
Will this program be usable for an amateur(such as I ) ?

Does Nik work 'on its own' or does it need to be run through a program like Adobe elements  (as a plug in)?


CW- You'll have to have appropriate image manipulation software as Nik is a plugin rather than standalone.  Click on the link on my first post and scroll to the bottom to see if your software is compatible.

Carolli - it depends on your definition of amateur. You will definitely need to know how to use basic image manipulation techniques.

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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 13 August 16 13:51 BST (UK) »
Gadget, I have an image program "Fastone Image Viewer" on which I can alter colours, sharpen, blur etc.
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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 13 August 16 14:03 BST (UK) »
I don't think the Nik plugins will work with Fastone, Carol. 
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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #12 on: Saturday 13 August 16 18:26 BST (UK) »
OK Gadget, I see, it is a plug-in not a program. Thanks anyway
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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 13 August 16 23:19 BST (UK) »
Thank you Gadget, I do have Adobe Elements 14, which I only use for very basic things, so I think I will be able to download and try out. I have also found a couple of videos on YouTube, which may help!

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Re: Nik Software
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 16 August 17 13:30 BST (UK) »
One of the things I found difficult is reducing 'vertical stripes' in old photos. I assume they're scanner reflections of the paper grain. Sometimes the stripes are much worse in one of the channels (usually blue) so for B&W photos, find the channels with the least noise is a good idea. For colour photos, we need all channels. My usually good (Topaz) noise removal plugin has little or no effect on stripes. Fast Fourier Analysis (FFT) plugins are often recommended for reducing patterns but I've not had much luck with FFT on stripes (yet).

There are other plugins (like 'NeatImage' $40 - $50) which may be useful. But I found that one of the free Nik noise removal filters (Dfine2) did a pretty good job on stripes. You can play with the number of pixels in the filter to get the best balance between 'noise removal' and 'keeping the details'.

The Dfine2 filter reduced stripes (and other noise) but other details too. So after applying the filter, you need to restore the fine details. I use a history brush to 'paint in' the fine (unfiltered) details like facial features, sharp edges, texture of hair, flowers, dresses, collars etc.

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