Google Nik Analog Efex Pro
Analog Efex Pro is just one of seven apps in Google’s free Nik Collection package. It lacks any real-world film emulations, instead opting for generic retro looks grouped into categories including Classic Camera, Toy Camera and Wet Plate. Each includes only a handful of presets, but they’re all varied and extremely eye-catching – expect vignetting, colour casts, light leaks and faux film frames.
Each preset can be easily toned down, though, or you can apply individual effects such as Lens Distortion, Photo Plate or Dirt and Scratches separately. It’s also possible to tune an effect in a specific part of an image using the refreshingly simple Control Point tool.
Ultimately, Analog Efex is tailored to producing stereotypical rather than realistic film effects, and it’s slower and less comprehensive than rival apps, but it’s a decent option for occasional use.
Analog Efex Pro works on Macs and PCs, with Lightroom 3 or later. It needs at least 2GB RAM and supports JPEG and TIFF files only.
Pros Easy to use; transforms images; superb selective editing Cons Relatively few presets with no real film simulations; no RAW support; slow We say
Worth a try if you’re after visual punch over more subtle film recreations Overall score
If you fancy additional black-and-white film looks, the Nik Collection also includes the Silver Efex Pro plug-in