My Workflow Using Aperture and Nik Software Plugins

My Workflow Using Aperture and Nik Software Plugins from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

A free online webinar workshop hosted by Nik Software. I’ll show how I use Apple’s Aperture in combination with my favourite plugins from Nik Software; Viveza 2, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Sharpener Pro 3. I’ll also demonstrate how the same plugins work within a Photoshop environment. Regardless of which platform you’re on, you should find something of interest as the plugin interfaces and use are practically the same. This is the recording from the webinar on June 7, 2011.

For those who missed the live webinar on June 7th, 2011, here is a recording of the event. Due to it’s format, sadly we’ve had to cut out the Q&A session, so do keep your eyes on this blog and Nik Software’s pages to find out when the next webinar will be.

19 responses to “My Workflow Using Aperture and Nik Software Plugins

  1. Pingback: My Workflow Using Aperture and Nik Software Plugins | Photo This & That | Aperture Users Network

  2. Thanks for taking the time to produce this, learnt a lot.


  3. In the interests of full disclosure what’s your relationship with Nik Software – are you paid (to endorse their products)?

    • Nope, I’m not paid to endorse their products. I chose Nik’s Viveza and later Silver Efex Pro as I found them extremely useful tools in my work. It was only many years later that we started doing webinars; this one being the second. Naturally, I’m paid for my time in doing the webinar itself and using my material as teaching material. Non of what I say is rehearsed or checked by Nik. I’m simply a photographer who loves their products.

  4. Really loved that and have more of an understanding of how the software works. I did not realize that when you put a point on the photo that it only changes that color. Thanks for doing that, very much appreciated.

  5. Hi,

    I’m currently looking at purchasing a new Mac system (laptop/desktop), could I ask what your current set up is? I appreciate we don’t all work the same, but I’m trying to canvas ideas.

    Thanks and Kind Regards


    • For the road I have a 15″ MacBook Pro (maxed out with 8Gb RAM – important!) with a matt screen. I think it’s an i7 – can’t remember! In the office is a Mac Pro, similar RAM. You should budget for as much RAM as possible, especially now that we’re working in 64bit environments that can utilise the RAM fully. If you can afford it, SSD drives are also a massive speed hike (alas I didn’t get any SSDs this time round but will hopefully upgrade the drive(s) soonish!).

  6. Thankyou for taking the time to reply, that was kind of you. I’m ordering the new Mac Book pro next week, and was looking at a refurbished Mac Pro: 2.26 Nehalem, 8gig ram and 512 graphics card with twin ssd drives?



  7. I also use and LOVE Nik Software products. Well worth the steep price tag. Their new iPad app is pretty cool also…..Snapseed. Pretty cool stuff….thanks!

    • Time is precious (and money!!) and the amount of time the plugins save as well as the quality of the work it helps us produce more than covers any cost in my opinion. I fully agree about Snapseed! It literally is awesome!!

  8. As I understand the NIK plugins work by using TIFF-files. If you use all their plugins in your workflow you will produce quite a lot of those huge files if you want to edit not-destructive.
    How do you manage this?


    • In my workflow using Aperture, I have set in the prefs for PSDs to be used, but as you rightly say, TIFFs are also usable.
      Once the image is processed to the max in Aperture (by this I mean do all your processing possible first and then send to a plugin), it’s exported to one of the plugins; at this stage, the processing done in Aperture makes a new file which is exported to the plugin – from this point on, it’s not a non-destructive workflow. For every image done in a plugin (any plugin or an exported image to Photoshop) a new version is created. This cannot be changed.
      The cool thing with it is though that once the image is saved back into the Project, it’s all in the same place and my backup strategy backs everything up, including all these new versions.

  9. Stephen Connolly

    Thanks. I really enjoyed this session and learnt a lot. Good stuff. Best wishes.

    • Excellent; good to hear and many thanks for the kind words. There are a few other webinar recording on my blog. Also, if you’re interested in tuning in live for future ones, watch this space or register with Nik Software so they can keep you posted 🙂

  10. Thank you Edmond for this most informative webinar video. I’m fairly new to both Aperture and plug ins and appreciate very much your instructive video. Best wishes in your photojournalist endeavors.

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