Rediscovering Analog Efex Pro2

Analog Efex Pro 2 is part of the Nik Collection, which was recently acquired by DxO on October 25, 2017. Although I like all of the Nik Collection plug-ins, Analog Efex Pro 2 is my favorite. It has ten “cameras,” giving you many tools to create unique photos.

About The Nik Collection

I had used the Nik Collection back before Google had acquired it, and loved the photo effects I could achieve. When I switched from a PC to an iMac, I somehow lost the software in the transfer process. I recently rediscovered Nik and found out that it is now offered FREE by DxO.

The Nik Collection comes with a set of seven image-processing plug-ins that can be used with Photoshop or Lightroom or as a stand-alone program:

  • Analog Efex Pro 2
  • Color Efex Pro 4
  • Dfine 2
  • HDR Efex Pro 2
  • Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Sharpener
  • Viveza Pro 2

Analog Efex Pro 2 Plug-In

As I stated earlier, my favorite is plug-in of the Nik Collection is Analog Efex Pro 2. Within this plug-in there are ten “cameras” to choose from. I love the dreamy effect of the Double Exposure camera. It has several pre-sets to choose from, or you can adjust the tool settings and create and save your own pre-set. Below, I applied one of the Double Exposure pre-sets to an ordinary flower photograph and really love the result. Which do you prefer?

Original flower photograph with no editing
Original flower photograph with no editing
Coneflower Double Exposure by SharaLee Art
Original flower photograph after editing with Analog Efex Pro 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experimenting With Other Favorites

Another favorite from the Analog Efex Pro 2 is the Motion camera. My cat, House, has one of the Motion filters applied. He loves to look out the window and daydream about his next adventure.

Regal Cat by SharaLee Art
This regal cat has the Motion camera effect applied

For anyone who likes triptychs, the Multilens camera in Analog Efex Pro 2 is an easy way to create them. You can choose from three or four panels, vertical or horizontal. By adjusting the Multilens control – hover over a panel and the control will appear – you can resize the portion of the image that appears in the panel.

Floral Triptych by SharaLee Art
Hydrangea floral triptych

Being one of the “hidden treasures” of the photo editing world, I hope I’ve peeked your interest in the Nik Collection. If you missed the link for the free download above, just click here to get started.

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1 thought on “Rediscovering Analog Efex Pro2”

  1. I forgot about all the options in NIK. I’ve used too, since before Googles World Domination plan 😉 and you just reminded me of some of the unique areas it has. Rumor has it there are some new versions coming.
    Thanks

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