Google Nik Ana­log Efex Pro

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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

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