Nik releases black-and-white imaging plug-in

Nik Software unveiled a new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture that lets photographers convert their images into black-and-white photos.

Silver Efex Pro features 18 emulated black-and-white film types along with a grain engine to mimic the silver halide process. The plug-in uses a range of imaging algorithms to protect against unwanted artifacts.

The software runs a basic conversion of a color image into a black-and-white one. Users can then make adjustments for more than 20 preset styles as well as make other changes to color filters, toning controls, and more.

Users can download the $200 Silver Efex Pro now from Nik Software. A boxed version of the plug-in goes on sale in August. A 15-day trial version is also available. Through September 15, Silver Efex Pro will include a free sample pack of Pictorico’s Gekko Fine Art Collection of papers designed especially for black-and-white-prints.

Silver Efex Pro runs on OS X 10.4 and later on G4-, G5-, and Intel-based Macs. The plug-in is compatible with the CS2 and CS3 versions of Photoshop, along with Photoshop Elements 4.0 and 6.0; it also works with Aperture 2.1 and later.

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