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Well, what can I say?  I came, I saw, I conquered.  This was a lot of fun trying different angles and compositions.  Unfortunately, Windows 10 Photo Gallery does not come with a sharpening tool, among several other things.  Enjoy and please feel free to comment and suggest.

 

Thanks,

 

Tonytee

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Awesome piece of work!!!!!



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Your model has an interesting profile.  Rawtherapee and the Nik collection are free tools you can use. 



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Your model has an interesting profile.  Rawtherapee and the Nik collection are free tools you can use. 

Thank you for the info.  However, these I believe are plug ins.  As of now I do not have Lightroom or PP Editing other than what came with the computer.

 

Tonytee



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Thank you for the info.  However, these I believe are plug ins.  As of now I do not have Lightroom or PP Editing other than what came with the computer.

 

Tonytee

 

Most of these will, I believe, run independently. Check the Google Nik site for more information. 

 

--Ron



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Most of these will, I believe, run independently. Check the Google Nik site for more information. 

 

--Ron

Hi Ron and thanks again.  I did go ahead and download and install Google's Nik Collection.  Will post on how well it works.

 

Rgds,

 

Tonyt


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Hi Ron and thanks again.  I did go ahead and download and install Google's Nik Collection.  Will post on how well it works.

 

Rgds,

 

Tonyt

Hi Ron, it appears as though Nik Collection will not run without something to plug into.  After numerous attempts to get it going after downloading and installing, it will not work.  It just continues to go through the download and install process.  Unfortunately I had to Uninstall it for now.  Tony



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I just tried to download and install the Nik collection on a clean Win7 install. It installs properly without any host application but it does not add an entry to the start menu. If you make aliases for each component and put them in a folder, you should be able to run them from Explorer or add the folder to the start menu without trouble. Under win7, they install in the Program>Google>Nik Collection folder. I am not sure how that translates to Win 10.



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I just tried to download and install the Nik collection on a clean Win7 install. It installs properly without any host application but it does not add an entry to the start menu. If you make aliases for each component and put them in a folder, you should be able to run them from Explorer or add the folder to the start menu without trouble. Under win7, they install in the Program>Google>Nik Collection folder. I am not sure how that translates to Win 10.

After numerous attempts to get this app., working for me, I checked on the OS Compatibility.  It is compatible with Vista, 7, 8 however, not Windows 10.

So far I am hugely disappointed in upgrading to Windows 10.  So many features have been discontinued, however I do have about a week left before I am allowed to return it.  The only way around this is to download on my old computer with Vista and continue to switch back and forth.

Peter, thank you very much for your assistance.

 

Rgds,

 

Tony



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I can't comment on Windows 10 because I don't use it and probably never will, but if you poke around on the Nik web site you'll find that the filters do run on Windows 10 but that Google hasn't done any testing on that platform. At this point I very much doubt if they ever will. In any case...

 

On your system, if you go to computer and then open your 'C' drive you should see a bunch of folders. I don't know whether or not you're using a 64 bit OS but assuming you are, look for a folder named Program Files. From there go to...

 

  • Google
  •               Nik Colllection
  •                       Analog Efex Pro 2
  •                       Color Efex Pro 4
  •                       Dfine 2
  •                       HDR Efex Pro 2
  •                       Sharpener Pro 2
  •                       Silver Efex Pro 3
  •                       Viveza 2

Inside each folder you should find one or (in the case of Sharpener Pro 2) two exe files. Those are the actual applications. Just double click whichever one you wish to run. Personally, if I were going to run them this way, I would make shortcuts of each application and place them in a folder on the desktop for easy access.

 

Of course it would still be better if you had a host application to run them from. Once more, I encourage you to either purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements (which can be had for between $40 and $100 depending on whether or not it's on sale or sign up for the Adobe Photography Plan which gives you both Photoshop CC (full version) and Lightroom CC (again, the full version) for US$10 a month.

 

--Ron

 



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Rawtherapee is not a plugin, it's a standalone.  I do use Nik as plugins, but I think Ron is right about them being able to run standalone.  



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I can't comment on Windows 10 because I don't use it and probably never will, but if you poke around on the Nik web site you'll find that the filters do run on Windows 10 but that Google hasn't done any testing on that platform. At this point I very much doubt if they ever will. In any case...

 

On your system, if you go to computer and then open your 'C' drive you should see a bunch of folders. I don't know whether or not you're using a 64 bit OS but assuming you are, look for a folder named Program Files. From there go to...

 

  • Google
  •               Nik Colllection
  •                       Analog Efex Pro 2
  •                       Color Efex Pro 4
  •                       Dfine 2
  •                       HDR Efex Pro 2
  •                       Sharpener Pro 2
  •                       Silver Efex Pro 3
  •                       Viveza 2

Inside each folder you should find one or (in the case of Sharpener Pro 2) two exe files. Those are the actual applications. Just double click whichever one you wish to run. Personally, if I were going to run them this way, I would make shortcuts of each application and place them in a folder on the desktop for easy access.

 

Of course it would still be better if you had a host application to run them from. Once more, I encourage you to either purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements (which can be had for between $40 and $100 depending on whether or not it's on sale or sign up for the Adobe Photography Plan which gives you both Photoshop CC (full version) and Lightroom CC (again, the full version) for US$10 a month.

 

--Ron

Hi Ron,

 

First let me say I am very grateful to you for all of your assistance.  I may seem to come across as a tightwad or cheapskate, however, the truth is, I do not know how much longer I want to stay with digital photography.  Meaning I do not want to download, install and use fix-it software for a price and then having to uninstall it when all is said and done.  I did some research into which free fix-it software is the best for my needs and I did find that Gimp is very highly rated.  For the time being I will use it and see how it goes.  Once again, many thanks.

 

Tony



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Tony, I'm not sure what you mean about abandoning digital photography but that is, of course, your prerogative. I personally believe that much of the frustration you've experienced is due to the fact that you're trying to use software that really isn't up to the job.  It's been quite awhile since I last tried GIMP and back then it was basically hit and miss. Some things worked well, while others didn't work so well. I'm sure it's better now. I've heard and read good things about recent versions of GIMP.

 

In any case, I believe that you can install the Nik plugin package in GIMP should you be so inclined.

 

--Ron







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