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Old 10-05-2011, 09:28 AM
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I'm not being contrary for the sake off, but I am a little non-plussed as to what the benefits of Silver Effex are over the native tools that I am more familiar with. I normally use a channel mix or other native tool, what does SE offer that I can't achieve or achieve less easily in Photoshop?

I did have a version I think that was bundled with a scanner I had, way back when, but the mists of time may confuse me.
They did what I wanted to do in year 2006: a plugin that contrast by zones. Silver Efex Pro 2 does it. Let me show an example.

Done with Lightroom on March 2, year 2006:
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:30 AM
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Finishing it in PS (took me 8 hours to select and leveled every zone):
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:33 AM
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Quickly done in less than a minute in Silver Efex Pro 2. With more time it would look exactly the same than the one I did in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:10 PM
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Interesting article on SEP; shows examples, interface, etc:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...efex_pro.shtml
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:49 PM
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OK, ok! I get it
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You can also just run a demo and form your own opinion.
This seems like sound advice. The old adage of suck it and see.

Thanks for the examples Quantum3, it's good to see real world examples, and thanks for the article Danny.

I will definitely download the demo and try some real world testing.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:03 PM
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OK, ok! I get it

This seems like sound advice. The old adage of suck it and see.

Thanks for the examples Quantum3, it's good to see real world examples, and thanks for the article Danny.

I will definitely download the demo and try some real world testing.
It's a must have plug-in pal. You can get every B&W style you want. Even playing with curves in SEP2 isn't the same than in any other software... Curves seems to work like curves really should work. Combinations are endless!

have fun!!!

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