Color Efex Pro™3.0
Introduction to Nik Software Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 and the User Guide
© Tony Sweet
Color Efex Pro™ .0 User Guide
Welcome to Nik Software Color Efex Pro™ 3.0, the most advanced
set of filters for digital photography.
Digital photographers have come to appreciate and take advantage
of unprecedented levels of control over their images. They enjoy
more options than ever to enhance, stylize, and otherwise improve
upon photographs. All of this additional control, however, has led
photographers to increasingly complicated choices of adjustments,
filters and blends, and away from the art of control.
Color Efex Pro 3.0 filters are designed to make photographic
enhancements not only easier, but better. Based on continuous
feedback from professionals in Nik Software’s photographer
community, Color Efex Pro 3.0 is a suite of proven controls to
help photographers save time, get professional results and de-
complicate the art of enhancing their images.
Nik Software offers three versions of Color Efex Pro 3.0, with the
same functions and interface in all versions. The Complete Edition
contains 52 filters, the Select Edition contains 35 filters, and the
Standard Edition contains 15 filters.
What’s in the User Guide
In addition to providing installation instructions, the User Guide
shows you how to choose, control, and selectively apply filters, both
with U Point-powered Control Points and the updated Selective Tool.
The User Guide also points out differences between Color Efex Pro
3.0 and Color Efex Pro 2.0.
The typographical conventions used in this manual are:
• Color Efex Pro 3.0 processes and user interface components
appear in Initial Caps, with first instances in Bold Caps. (In
context-appropriate cases, later instances also appear in Bold
• Specific control inputs appear in Bold Italic. Control inputs
can be menu items, buttons, or sliders. Where first instances
coincide with specific control inputs, t