Nik Silver Efex

Master the art of black and white photography using a comprehensive set of darkroom-inspired controls and a refined interface, all designed to let you create stunning monochrome images.

One of eight powerful plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom offering endless creative possibilities.

Silver Efex has long been the gold standard among black and white enthusiasts

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6 reasons why you will love Nik Silver Efex


The choice of professionals

Easy to get started, quick to become a pro


Inspired by the darkroom

Feed your creativity with tools that tap into photography’s history


Complete control

Tweak every ounce of contrast, tone, and gradient with absolute precision


Get an authentic, vintage look

Achieve the grain and contrast of legendary film stocks in your photos


Intuitive local adjustments that just work

Use Control Points and Control Lines to adjust specific parts of an image


Beautiful finishing touches

Add sepia tones, burnt edges, vignettes, borders, and more

Made from a love for monochrome

Quite simply, there is nothing else like Nik Silver Efex on the market.

Whether you’re taking your first steps into the world of black-and-white, or preparing images for an international exhibition, Nik Silver Efex offers unrivalled power and sophistication.

Don’t just desaturate: bring a world of color into the darkroom

To create stunning black and white photos, you need more than a simple desaturation tool.

Nik Silver Efex uses unique algorithms alongside an extensive array of tools and adjustment panels to give you complete control over brightness, contrast, tones, and the smoothness of transitions.

Reproduce 20 legendary films

Nik Silver Efex includes an exclusive range of filters and effects that help you to emulate the look and feel of classic film emulsions such as Kodak Tri-X 400, Ilford Delta 100, and Fujifilm Neopan.

With Nik Silver Efex’s unique range of custom presets, you can manipulate the grain structure and contrast characteristics of your images to accurately recreate some of the world’s most iconic black-and-white films.

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Ultimate precision

Nik Silver Efex uses U Point™ technology, ingenious tools that let you make precise, intelligent local adjustments.

Take control over contrast, structure, brightness, shadows, midtones, highlights, and more.

Refine the details of an image and ensure that they’re all working together to create something beautiful.

This is for those who love the emotional impact, depth, and potency that black and white photos can have. And Silver Efex does this better than any program I’ve ever seen

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Rediscover the character and emotion of film

Explore 39 high-fidelity black-and-white film grains that have been recreated in the lab using DxO’s exclusive calibration systems.

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Cut through haze

Remove mist and fog with ClearView, technology borrowed from DxO PhotoLab that’s designed to reduce haziness caused by atmospheric conditions with one simple slider.

In addition, ClearView can add a strength and intensity to a portrait, emphasizing character and drawing out subtle contrast.

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A beautiful, refined interface

The interface of Nik Silver Efex offers a user experience that feels elegant and polished. Use panels and sliders that make the editing process a joy.

Lightning-fast retouching in Adobe Photoshop

The Nik Collection 6 Palette gives you instant access to the entire suite of plug-ins when working within Photoshop.

The palette also allows you to quickly apply your most recent edit to a new image with a single click.