Nik Software’s New Color Efex Pro 4 Delivers Top-Requested Features

Nik Software’s New Color Efex Pro 4 Delivers Top-Requested Features


San Diego, CA—Nik Software released Color Efex Pro 4, the latest version of its digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. The 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offer a new generation of technologies and features for creating photo effects.

Color Efex Pro 4 introduces stackable filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes and new filters, such as detail extractor, vintage film efex, and image borders. The release also includes a new history browser, improvements to imaging algorithms and enhanced usability. To watch videos and join special live online preview sessions, visit

“Creating a new generation of features and technologies for Color Efex Pro 4 was inspired by the professionals who use it,” said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. “Over 400 professional photographers test and inspire our team through a lively beta group process that ultimately helps us deliver extraordinary products like Color Efex Pro 4.”

The latest evolution of Nik’s U Point technology in Color Efex Pro 4 provides tools designed to allow photographers to fine-tune and stylize their images with selective adjustments without complicated selections and layer masks. Filter effects can be added or subtracted from images using a few clicks of the mouse. Enhancements are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results, and Color Efex Pro 4 takes advantage of the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) and multi-core processors for responsiveness and fast processing.

Other key new features include: filter combinations  – add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look; visual presets – each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible to explore creative options quickly; style recipes – customize and share filter combinations with others, using recipes; and interface and interaction improvements to filters, zoom controls and shortcut keys.

Two versions of the software are available: The Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition contains 55 filters with a suggested retail price of $199.95. The Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition contains 26 filters and retails for $99.95.

Upgrades to the Complete Edition from any edition of versions 2.0 or 3.0 are $99.95. Customers who purchased Color Efex Pro or a Complete Collection bundle on or after August 7, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade.