Bleach Bypass from Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0

Posted March 24th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink
Bench and metal wall. Bend, Oregon. Nikon D7000, 18-105mm zoom, handheld. Processed with Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, Bleach Bypass.

Bench and metal wall. Bend, Oregon. Nikon D7000, 18-105mm zoom, handheld. Processed with Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, Bleach Bypass.

I think all photographers should keep current on software and post-processing methods. In the “old days” of digital photography we had to create everything in Photoshop. We learned all kids of tricks and methods to produce frames, grunge looks, cross processing, etc. Now, all we need to do is spend a few bucks on a software plug-in and viola! New photo!

My favorite plug-ins by far are Nik Software’s suite of products. One of the products that I deem indespensible is Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0. I could write an entire novel of tutorials on how to use all the different settings, but in the interest of time (and my sanity), I’ll just show the results from a simple setting called Bleach Bypass.

Photo directly from camera and processed through Adobe Camera Raw.

Photo directly from camera and processed through Adobe Camera Raw.

The photo directly above shows what the image looked like directly out of my Nikon D7000 camera. I opened it in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and brought it into Photoshop CS5. The photo is “ok” but really needs some additional punch. So, I activated Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 from the Filter menu in CS5 (shown below).

Accessing Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Photoshop is as simple as choosing Filter --> Nik Software --> Color Efex Pro 3.0

Accessing Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Photoshop is as simple as choosing Filter --> Nik Software --> Color Efex Pro 3.0

The next step (below) is to choose Bleach Bypass from the left hand column of choices. Then, play with the sliders until you are happy with the result. In this case, the metal background was blowing out a bit, so I moved the highlight protection slider up to bring back some detail.

This is the Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 interface screen.

This is the Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 interface screen.

After you are finished modifying the image, click the OK button to return to Photoshop. At that point, you can save the photo as a new image and prepare it for output.

Since I was already having fun with Bleach Bypass, I decided to try it on another photo of a bike rack (below). This time a bit more intense with the contrast and overall effect.

Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Bleach Bypass and bike rack.

Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Bleach Bypass and bike rack.



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