If you’ve ever seen my tutorials you may have noticed I’m kinda addicted to Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. I may start the photo editing in Lightroom/Camera Raw, but I pretty much finish off every photo by going into Photoshop for some quick retouching (and removing distractions), and then hit the filter as a final stop. I’ve noticed that I have two custom recipes that I use all the time so I figured I’d share ‘em with you.

1. Sunrise/Sunset Preset
The first one is something I add to a lot of my sunrise/sunset photos. Or even to photos that I want to give a warm feeling to. It pumps up the color saturation a little, as well as adding a little bit of a warming and softening effect (but not blurry), a vignette and a few other things. Here’s an example photo where I used it.

After

Before

2. Detail and Vignette
The second one is something that just about every photo sees. It’s a combination of a detail enhancing filter along with a vignette. Here’s an example of a photo I used it on.

After

Before

You can download the recipes right here (link).

To install the custom recipes:

    1. Go in to Color Efex Pro 4, then go the Recipes section on the left side.
    2. You’ll see an Import button at the bottom. Just click it and select these files (make sure you unzip the file first) and you’re good to go.

Enjoy ‘em!