Objects of Desire: Nik Software's Viveza 2

Jan 11, 2010
By Dan Havlik

Nik Viveza 2

Though using flash filters (see above) is a traditional way to adjust color and tone in your images, you can also, of course, do it with software. And one of the best pieces of software for tweaking your color is Nik Viveza, which has come out in an even better second-generation version.

Available as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, Viveza 2 lets you perform both selective color enhancements in a scene or global changes that affect the entire photo. The key behind this precise control is Nik's very handy U Point technology which lets you select a specific area to adjust in an image—such as a pair of lips or eyes—and tweak the chosen color. To select the area you want to change, just point and click and then adjust using sliders for brightness, contrast, saturation, red, green, blue, etc.

Yes, there's a ton of control for color in Viveza 2, maybe too much if you're not necessarily into software "deep dives," but it's a fairly simple program to use and fits neatly into your workflow if you've already used some of Nik's other excellent plug-ins.

Other new features include shadow recovery which is available in both selective and global control; fine detail structure enhancements; added levels and curves adjustments just as in Photoshop; and a slightly redesigned interface including improved sliders; a slide favorites option, multiples levels of zoom, keyboard nudging, grouped color control points and multiple undos.

Cost: $199.95

Further information: www.niksoftware.com

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