A full interactive help system is available for HDR Efex Pro, including installation, access, setup instructions, as well as video lessons and access to
downloading the Quick Start Guide directly from within the interface. Click on the Help button located in the bottom-left of the interface to access the
online help or click the links below:
We recommend to use a mid-range or better graphic adapter with 512 MB (or more) dedicated Video RAM.
On Windows systems an OpenGL 3.0 or later compatible
In the Silver Efex Pro 2 settings - GPU support, check for the GPU support settings. Change the setting here – changes will apply at the next launch of Silver Efex Pro 2.
Color Efex Pro 3.0 offers three variations of black and white conversions while Silver Efex Pro 2 offers nearly a limitless number of conversion possibilities.
Silver Efex Pro 2 offers similar filter controls found in the Color Efex Pro 3.0 B/W Conversion filter, but utilizes new advanced algorithms for enhanced quality.
The many tools that Silver Efex Pro 2 provides such as over 30 presets styles, 18 emulated film types, multiple toning options, a revolutionary grain engine, natural
image borders, vignettes and so much more make this a complete black and white conversion tool. Silver Efex Pro 2 also utilizes U Point® technology to selectively
control the tonality, contrast and structure of your images. To learn more about Silver Efex Pro 2, click here.
While the Photoshop Black and White adjustment tool can convert an image to black and white, Silver Efex Pro 2 was designed to create a natural, photographic
result matching or exceeding a traditional silver-halide print.
Silver Efex Pro 2 uses proprietary algorithms specially designed to create the highest quality black and white conversions from color digital images and produces
images virtually free of artifacts. Silver Efex Pro 2 also offers unique tools such as U Point technology, to selectively control tonality and contrast without complex
selections or masks, a powerful state-of-the-art grain engine, tinting and toning tools, as well as global dodging and burning tools. Silver Efex Pro 2 provides a
complete darkroom-quality black and white solution in an easy-to-use package.
Silver Efex Pro 2 works with 8- and 16-bit images; RGB, CMYK and LAB color spaces. Silver Efex Pro 2 will not work with images in the Grayscale mode.
When using Silver Efex Pro 2 as an external editor for Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro 2 can support JPEG and TIFF files*.
*Silver Efex Pro 2 only supports TIFF files in 8 or 16-bit with no compression or LZW compression.
Yes, Silver Efex Pro 2 can be used in a batch process using Photoshop Actions:
We also recommend duplicating your layer as part of your action, as Silver Efex Pro 2 cannot automatically duplicate layers when applied as a batch process.
Note: The Nik Selective Tool is not recordable with actions; please use the Filter menu instead.
Styles can be backed up in one of two ways. You can either export individual styles that you created by hovering over the style that you created and
clicking on the Export button found in the top-right corner of the style and saving to your desktop or other backup location, or you can copy all of the
presets that you created from their default location to your desktop or other backup location by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
For Windows Vista and Windows 7:
For Macintosh OS X:
Over 30 additional custom styles are available to download for free, along with instructions on how to import them into your copy of Silver Efex Pro 2, by clicking here.
Unfortunately, Silver Efex Pro 1 presets are not compatible with Silver Efex Pro 2. However, all of the download presets offered in Silver Efex Pro 1 have been re-created as new Silver Efex Pro 2 presets and are available for free download on the Presets page.
Silver Efex Pro 2 can also be manually added as an external editor providing easy access to edit your photos in Silver Efex Pro 2. Follow the steps below to manually
add Silver Efex Pro 2 as an external editor.
Click here to see the system requirements.
Click here to see the system requirements.
Click here to see the system requirements.
Silver Efex Pro 2 has not been tested in conjunction with Corel PaintShop Pro, Corel Painter, or image editing applications other than Adobe Photoshop,
Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and Aperture. We do not currently recommend using Silver Efex Pro 2 with any other application not listed in our system
Silver Efex Pro 2 product keys are 25 numbers long. When entering the key into Silver Efex Pro 2 for activation place five numbers in the first box followed by four
numbers for each of the remaining five boxes.
Tip: If the product key was sent by email, you can copy and paste the key directly into the activation boxes. (Windows/Mac: Ctrl+C/Cmd+C to copy, Ctrl+V/Cmd+V to paste).
The easiest way to remove Silver Efex Pro 1.0 is to do the following:
For Windows: Click Start > All Programs > Silver Efex Pro > Uninstall Silver Efex Pro.
For Mac: Insert the installation disc or run the Silver Efex Pro 1.0 DMG file, an option will appear to allow you to uninstall Silver Efex Pro 1.0
To purchase Silver Efex Pro 2, please click here.
Silver Efex Pro 1.0 owners can upgrade to Silver Efex Pro 2 at a reduced price.
for an upgrade of Silver Efex Pro 2, please click here.
To see a full list of new features in Silver Efex Pro 2, click here.
Yes, Silver Efex Pro 2 is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible applications.
Yes, Silver Efex Pro 2 has a new feature that enables selective globalization. The selective color slider is labeled SC inside of the Control Point and can be accessed by placing a U Point powered Control Point on an object in the image and moving the "Selective Color" slider to the right.
Yes. Silver Efex Pro 2 works with all color management systems and will not affect your current color management system or its settings.
Yes, there are many training videos and lessons available here, as well as over a dozen free live training sessions per week online.
To see a list of keyboard shortcuts for Silver Efex Pro 2 click here.
Yes, Undo and Redo functionality are both available as new features. To undo a step, press Control/Command + Z, and to redo a step, press Control/Command + Y.
In addition, the new History Browser makes it possible to see the edits made in chronological order.
Yes, Silver Efex Pro 2 is Smart Filter compatible. To use Silver Efex Pro 2 as a Smart Filter, please perform the following steps:
When using Silver Efex Pro 2 as a Smart Filter, you can go back and edit the effect applied to the image as long as that file is saved as a PSD or TIFF file with the
After installing Silver Efex Pro 2, it can be accessed within Lightroom under the Photo > Edit In… menu. Follow the steps below to access Silver Efex Pro 2.
To use Silver Efex Pro 2 on an image in Aperture, follow the steps below:
To preserve any information created in an external editor such as layers or a non-RGB color space, please use "Edit a Copy With" and then select Silver Efex Pro 2.
To access "Edit a Copy With" simply hold down the option key on your keyboard and then access the Images menu and select "Edit a Copy With". This will create a
new version of the previous version that was already altered in an external editor.
Silver Efex Pro 2 can be accessed within Photoshop in two ways, either by using the Filters menu or using the Nik Selective Tool.
To access via the Filters menu, open an image, click on the Filters menu, and choose the Nik Software menu. Silver Efex Pro 2 will be listed in that hierarchical menu.
To access via the Nik Selective Tool, you must first open the tool using the File> Automate> Nik Selective Tool menu item. Once the Selective Tool is visible, simply open
an image and click the Silver Efex Pro 2 button.
Part of the Nik Selective Tool, the Brush feature of Silver Efex Pro 2 (and all of the Nik Software filters) enables Photoshop users to apply their black and white
enhancements into their image using Photoshop's built-in Brush tool. To use this feature, please follow the steps below:
Silver Efex Pro 2 in Aperture cannot show the preview of RAW adjustments made to a non-master version. The Image Preview in Silver Efex Pro 2 will reflect any
changes made other than the RAW adjustments, and when you finish enhancing the image in Silver Efex Pro 2, the enhancement will be applied and then the
RAW adjustments will be re-applied allowing you to fine tune those RAW adjustments if you choose.
Under the license agreement you are allowed to install and activate Silver Efex Pro 2 on up to two computers for your own personal use.
From the first time Silver Efex Pro 2 is installed (either as a demo or as the full version) you will have 15 days before you must activate Silver Efex Pro 2. If the demo
has already expired, you will be required to activate Silver Efex Pro 2 the next time it is used.
After installing Silver Efex Pro 2, you will be presented with an option to activate online. In order to activate Silver Efex Pro 2 online, type in your name and product key
in space provide. After doing so, click the ‘Activate’ button to activate Silver Efex Pro 2 and complete the activation process.
No, while an Internet connection simplifies the activation process, it is not a requirement. Activation can also be done over the phone.
When you run Silver Efex Pro 2 for the first time, you will have an option to activate online or by phone. If you would like to activate Silver Efex Pro 2 by phone, click on the "Activate by Phone" section and enter in your name and product key
The customer service representative will ask for your Installation ID that is displayed and your product key. The customer service representative will then give you an
activation code to be typed in. After typing in the activation code, click the 'Activate' button to finish the process. Silver Efex Pro 2 will then be activated.
Under the license agreement, you are allowed to install Silver Efex Pro 2 on up to two computers at any one time for your own personal use. In order to transfer one of your activations to a new computer, you will need to first deactivate Silver Efex Pro 2 onto on the older computer first. In order to deactivate Silver Efex Pro 2, simply uninstall it
on the older machine, and then install and activate it on the new computer. See below for the instructions on how to uninstall.
For Macintosh users:
For Windows users: